National Geographic : 1997 Dec
Aerodynamically speaking, a Dodge Stratus is one slippery car. Is it possible to see the future, then, in the rear-view mirror? Powder-coatpaint technology will give you a paintfinish tough enough to help protect a car's shiny overcoatfrom flying gravel. When it comes to what you'll expect down the road, do we have things pretty well covered? Dodge pioneeredthe cab-forwarddesign concept moving the wheels out to the cornersand sliding the passenger compartment forward. Can cab-forward roominess create more room even in the trunk? You'd expect a race , car to be graded on a curve. Well, if race cars inspired us to modify a double wishbone suspension, can you handle it? It's a simple engineering principle: lose weight, gain performance. But can a whole battery of ideas that enhance performance include simply moving the battery? These are the questions. SDo you have to choose between the convenience of an automatic transmission and the perfor mance of manual shifting? Or can an availableAutoStick® transaxle shift an automatic a little more towardfun? Car chassishave traditionally been built on a "floorpan" design. Can a platform that Incorporates a continuous Srigid,ladder type frame Improve ride and handling characteristics? Can this help us reach a high level ofperformance? Take something as simple as an engine mount - a combination of steel and rubberthat holds the engine to theframe rail. Can we mount a good argument that a device filled with liquid could minimize engine vibration and help make things quieter? Let's see, there's more room up front There's more room in back. Is everyone comfortable with cab-forward? Always use seat belts. Remember a backseat is the safest place for children.