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Aerodynamics: From Art to Science

April 12, 2012
by the Petersen

For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Brown

(LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2012) A new exhibit opening soon at the Petersen Automotive Museum will appeal to both the automotive enthusiast as well as those who love avant-garde design. Aerodynamics: From Art to Science opens June 16, 2012, and will run through May 27, 2013 in the museum’s Gordon R. Howard Gallery.

During more than a century of innovation, automobile manufacturers have dreamed up some unusual body designs.  From strange to stunning, the large majority of them were created in an effort to increase driving performance by reducing wind resistance.  When a network of high-speed motorways began to blanket the world, the need for genuine advances became ever more important and scientific experimentation yielded vehicle shapes that were becoming increasingly sophisticated. 

Aerodynamics: From Art to Science will present an entertaining and enlightening visual overview of the landmarks of aerodynamic design.  From the quirky 1928 Martin Aerodynamic and pioneering 1940 BMW 328 Mille Miglia to the latest ultra-efficient concept cars of today, more than a dozen vehicles will be on hand to illustrate how the art of streamlining evolved into the science of aerodynamics.

With gas prices on the rise, manufacturers are now looking at aerodynamic improvements to make the vehicles we drive everyday more fuel efficient without sacrificing power. According to Curator, Leslie Kendall, “The timing for an exhibition of aerodynamic vehicles has never been better.  Now that most automakers have turned their attention to perfecting the aerodynamic qualities of their cars, museum visitors will be fascinated to learn that the pursuit of sleeker, more efficient shapes actually began during the early 1900s.  Not every visitor will find all of these early cars attractive, but they will certainly find them interesting. “

Petersen Curator, Leslie Kendall will guide guests through the fascinating developments in automotive design brought about by forward-thinking innovators during his Curator’s Tour on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:30 p.m. Reservations recommended at 323-964-6347.  Regular parking and admission rates apply. Follow us on Facebook or check our online calendar at for other associated exhibits throughout the year.

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational institution.  The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California 90036.  Admission prices are $12 for general admission adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students with ID, $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members, active military with ID and children under five are admitted free. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2.00 each additional 30 minutes. One hour validation with purchase of $20 or more in the Museum Store or Johnny Rockets located in the museum lobby.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed Mondays except holidays. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum’s Web site at: