During a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu, Calif., last week, an early-’80s Porsche 911—clearly headed to or from the beach—zipped by. Clean and unadorned, the pre-’90s 911s are the essence of simplicity, without shiny trim, scoops, or spoilers to compromise their perfect profile. But this car, with a quintessentially West Coast Chiffon White paint job and black interior, did sport one very inapposite addition. Extending 6 feet from the sunroof and standing like a dictator in a state limousine, the driver’s surfboard wobbled awkwardly at full mast when the tiny sports car wove in and out of traffic and soon sped out of sight.
There is an alternative. Whispbar is an aerodynamic aftermarket roof-rack system developed specifically for high-end cars and SUVs—even those not equipped with factory side rails. Claiming to be the most aerodynamic rack on the market, the Whispbar develops up to 70 percent less drag and noise than its competitors, resulting in almost inaudible wind noise without substantially compromising your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Whispbar’s proprietary QuickDock mounting system lets bicycles, kayaks, luggage, skis, and other equipment find a home on top. Its SmartFoot fitting kits are specific to the vehicle’s make and model, for the cleanest look and surest attachment. (whispbar.com)