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Old 10-15-2015, 02:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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2015 Ford F-150 'Air Curtain' Cuts Aerodynamic Drag
2015 Ford F-150 'Air Curtain' Cuts Aerodynamic Drag

How do Air Curtains Improve Fuel Efficiency on the 2015 Ford F-150?
Air Curtains on the 2015 F-150 Reduce Drag | Matt Ford Blog

The next innovation I noticed Ford embracing were something called “Air curtains”. Nearly every Ford model had these aerodynamic enhancements. At first, I thought Ford was ducting air from the front of the cars/trucks into the brakes for cooling. This excited me as a performance minded car enthusiast. Upon further investigation, I discovered the ducting I noticed were aerodynamic improvements to gain fuel consumption efficiency. The inlet/exit ducts that construct the “Air curtains” take the smooth air from the front of the vehicle and moves it through the inner fender until it exits in front of the forward wheels and tires. The air exiting the inner fender over the wheel and tire promotes smooth air flow over the side of the wheel and tire that would normally be turbulent air. Turbulent air causes drag which causes more fuel burn. This is a HUGE innovation that I have not seen on any other type of vehicle. Check out the following photos to see how this concept works.

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