English football drag

FlagStGeorge.jpegWorld Cup urticaria (described in our Guardian column earlier this week) is not the only problem that afflicts English football fans. A May 31, 2006 report in the Daily Record says:

?1.2M DRAG TO FLY THE FLAG

ENGLISH motorists flying the flag of St George on their cars during the World Cup will shell out ?1.2million in extra fuel costs, experts say.

Scientists say the extra drag generated by the mini-flags could reduce a car’s fuel economy by three per cent during a one-hour journey….

Researcher Dr Antonio Filippone said: “Half a million cars with these flags attached will burn a total of 1.22 million litres of fuel during the World Cup.”

(Thanks to investigator Adiyasa Dwitama for bringing this to our attention.)

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