Jaguar Land Rover has proved that efficiency is as important as style by applying for a patent for a unique aero guide vane system. The company has apparently developed a new channelling system to guide airflow along the side of its cars.
The company had filed the application for a patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in August, 2015, but revealed the details and images just a few days ago. The aero guide vane system comprises unique pop-out air channels that can guide airflow past the body, and thus might be able to reduce drag and thus increase fuel efficiency. The images Jaguar Land Rover released depict separate panels called guide vanes which can be deployed from the front bumper, side sills, and rear bumper bar sides. These panels can apparently be both deployed and retracted meaning that they could work at different speeds, and at different degrees depending on the speed in order to optimize the airflow and thus reduce the amount of turbulence around the wheels. According to the abstract of the patent application, the vehicle can include sills which can be displaced laterally outwardly and downwardly from a retracted position to a deployed position.
Jaguar Land Rover models are known for showcasing some of the best designs in the automotive industry, both when it comes to sedans and SUVs. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen if the company can set a new benchmark when it comes to aerodynamics.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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