Aerodynamics

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International conference on vehicle aerodynamics

Public roads are today shared by a wide variety of shapes and sizes of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles, the efficiencies and performance of which are sensitive to aerodynamics characteristics. These characteristics influence energy use, emissions, refinement and handling which are increasingly important to customers. These demands, together with the necessity to comply

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The new Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC

Following a comprehensive upgrade, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC opens up a new dimension in vehicle dynamics. With peak output of 280 kW (381 hp) and a maximum torque of 475 Nm, the entry-level model from Mercedes-AMG is the world’s most powerful compact sports model. The revised gear ratios, aerodynamic fine-tuning and the new DYNAMIC

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2016 Camaro aerodynamic lift improvements

After 350 hours of wind tunnel testing – often 24 hours a day – the new Camaro will slip more easily through the wind, and drivers of the Camaro SS will experience an improvement in reduced aerodynamic lift. These changes illustrate the lengths the aerodynamics team went to for improved performance, stability, cooling and lower

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The Next Generation Acura NSX in details

In advance of the market launch of the next generation Acura NSX, the engineers leading the supercar’s development shared new technical details and design strategies with the automotive engineering community at the April 22nd SAE Detroit Section dinner, held in conjunction with the SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition. Additional information about the team’s efforts

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Ferrari FXX K

Story of the design of the Ferrari FXX K

The story of the design of the XX program’s latest product, named Red Dot Best of the Best It was designed and built specifically for the track with efficient aerodynamics and a sophisticated engine. Sebastian Vettel uttered an unforgettable “Mamma mia!” when he got his first taste of its power. Ironically, however, it has now won

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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

The new Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack’s chassis

The all-new Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack is engineered with a high-performance tuned chassis – designed with the hardware necessary for high-demanding track conditions. Exclusive Bilstein high-performance shock absorbers are highly damped and provide a firm ride that maintains the feel for everyday commuting while being capable for the more challenging situations. Additionally, the Charger

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Opel full face shutter for fuel consumption reduction

Radiator shutter for reduced aerodynamic drag

Opel is continuously improving the efficiency of its conventionally powered vehicles and thus reducing its fleet CO2 emissions. The next step of this strategy is the development of an innovative active full-face shutter. Michael Ableson, Speaker of the Management Board Adam Opel AG and Vice President Vehicle Engineering, presented the shutter at this year’s Aachen

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Renault EOLAB concept car

The Renault EOLAB aerodynamics features

Renault presents EOLAB, a new prototype which explores ways to deliver ultra-low fuel consumption. It boasts NEDC combined cycle consumption of 1 liter/100km, equivalent to 22 g of CO2/km. To achieve such low figures, the designers focused their efforts on three main areas: minimizing weight, refining aerodynamics and using “Z.E. Hybrid” technology for all, a

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Single seater car in ACE wind tunnel

ACE wind tunnel technical specification

ACE (Aero Concept Engineering) is a French company based in Magny-Cours and which provides a complete aerodynamic consultancy and development service. It includes a wind tunnel, a CFD expertise, CAD design, 3D digitalization, machining and composites design. Wind tunnel specification Racing car configuration Standard configuration General Type Single return closed-circuit Single return closed-circuit Test section Shape

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Multifunction active aerodynamic system by prodrive

A multifunction active aerodynamic system for supercar

A multi-function active aerodynamic system has been developed by Prodrive Automotive Technology. On behalf of a vehicle OEM for use in a 200+mph supercar, Prodrive produced the first functional prototype system eight months after starting the programme. The system was production-ready 18 months later, along with a bespoke manufacturing facility commissioned on site at Prodrive’s

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Mercedes CLA aerodynamic testing

Mercedes CLA is the most aerodynamic production car of the world

With a drag coefficient (Cd) value of 0.23, the CLA sets a new benchmark – both within the Mercedes-Benz model range and among all production vehicles. The drag area, Cd x A – which is crucial to aerodynamic resistance – also leads the field, at 0.51 m². This record figure is undercut still further by

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