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Fastskinz Car Wraps Confuse Passing Golfers as They Save You Gas

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Another day, another dubious method for saving gas. Today it's FastSkinz, the dimpled car wrap that promises a gas mileage boost. We think it'll attract driver heads and dents from confused, drunken golfers.

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Dimples are a proven method for reducing wake turbulence on golf balls, and that's what creator SkinzWrapz (you know, ads on cars?) think will happen with cars, too.

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In fact, they boast an 18-20% boost in gas mileage. Of course the boast comes without any kind of supporting research, but what else is new from a product that will undoubtedly be hawked by Billy Mays in the near future.

Illustration for article titled Fastskinz Car Wraps Confuse Passing Golfers as They Save You Gas

If there's one thing going for these skins, sorry skinz, it's that they're hard to notice from a distance. At least with the white paint job. [FastSkinz via DVICE]

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This is science fact. Bernoulli discovered the effect of drag between two semi-laminar surfaces flowing past each other. You can see this drag effect by recreating the Bernoulli vacuum pump. Flow water through a hose with a hole in one side and the water will drag in the outside air creating a cheap vacuum pump. Submarines also use small dimples to flow through water with less drag as well.

I've always wondered why the auto industry hasn't tried this before. Probably due to the fugly factor.