Look closely at the wonderful and subtle 599 GTB above. Besides its muscular tone, it shares a common feature with the recently revealed Ford GT and Acura NSX. Those flying buttresses that only come to show from certain angles.

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Given that the Ferrari is a car released back in 2006, it has taken the common man's car companies 9 years to duplicate such a design in a production ready vehicle. We got them in wo flavors, with the NSX being a bit of a conservative design, with rather small buttresses at the rear. On the other hand, Ford went all Gothic Catherdral with the new Ford GT. They could have basically revamped the last iteration with some fancy LEDS or laser headlights, a new more powerful EcoBoost engine (still wishing it was a EcoBoosted V-8 because 'Merica), and call it a day; after all, it is a classic timeless design.

Instead, FORD decided to give us a handful with a car that exaggerates it's proportions. From the side, it looks rather normal in a way (maybe just a big air inlet). But when you take a step closer you notice how the body panels start to "coke bottle" towards the rear. Then, to not just put the rear tires sticking out, these over sized fenders have this gigantic arch uniting them to the middle of the car. Aerodynamically speaking, I don't know what sort of numbers Ford got in the wind tunnel, but that rear portion looks racing inspired. No wonder they are feeling ready to take it to the track immediately.

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Now what does this mean for us, besides more great racing? It seems like your average car manufacturer now has the ability to incorporate more flying buttresses in their designs. And given the complexity that these might require in an assembly line, it only means your every day beigeness of a car will maybe get a little more exiting to look at, as these subtle complex pieces could be incorporated into them as manufacturers begin to roll out more drag reducing elements

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