I often have several articles going at once. However, since I don’t to this for a living (yet) daily activities, like driving to work, often give me ideas for a quick blogging episode, the other article wait.
Like the other day after work, which was a good one at the old salt mine, a rarity, I was headed to my work out session with my “very understanding” better half and the car in front of me made think of a particular feature of a car’s design.
In this case I need to give you an insight into some of the things that go on in my head while driving.–Don’t worry this is the PG version–. The most important need is to be very diligent as to notice other corvettes..got to keep the wave alive…” missing a wave is a violation of the corvette code. (Yeah…really…and you thought all you had to do while driving a Corvette keep an eye out for ‘smokey’.) Second most important thing is to keep an eye out for old smokey. Then there’s the sizing up of your road-mates as you are stopped at a red light. After those serious tasks, I look at the tail end of the cars around me to see if they are two pipes or one and of course size (exhaust envy – it’s real!!). One tail pipe means it is a “girlie man’s” car and two or more is of course the opposite. Hey… it passes the time while sitting in traffic.
Normally, I check out cars of all types for tailpipes, Honda, VW, all the domestic brands and models. Most only have one and some have the bumper designed for two but still come up short one pipe.
So today, I’m sitting a traffic light at Broadway and Aviation Highway behind a Saturn Overlook cross-over vehicle. Habit takes over and I noticed that there was only tail pipe – girl’s car. As I looked closer the rear end, I noticed what appeared to be a factory designed space for a second tail pipe. But the gap wasn’t just a mere indent where the second should have been. It was a very wide space. The design of that of its exhaust system on the end has muffler that looks like an over sized World War II canteen. The tailpipe sticks out of this elongated canteen at about a 70 degree angle. The muffler is exposed and hides the rear suspension. In the picture below you can see the dual exhaust.
Now picture the left one removed without the muffler. What you’d see is a cut out and the left independent suspension structure. Why not close that off? The real reason is cost of having two different rear bumpers’
Below is a picture of a 2008 Outlook and you can see the exposed rear suspension.
So while you are driving, look at the backend of the car in front of you. You’ll see that Honda Civic with a place for a second the extra exhaust pipe and you’ll think…”Really? It was designed for a dual exhaust?
Thanks for reading.