DEARBORN - The saying “wind is not your friend” is anything but true for the all-new Mustang. After going through twice the aerodynamic testing in Ford’s high-velocity wind tunnel as its predecessor, the 2015 model is designed to manage wind with optimal performance.
The Mustang is equipped with wheel aero curtains within its front facia which create high velocity air flow over the wheel to pull the front tire open wake closer to the vehicle which reduces drag forces.
Aerodynamics Engineering Manager Carl Widmann also explained how the design details of the deck lid were refined with the Design team to provide a shape that create small wake by insuring optimal flow attachment.
In addition to air curtains beneath the grille, the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which requires more cooling air because of its high performance, comes standard with active grille shutters. When the vehicle doesn’t need air, the shutters close and the air goes up over the top of the car which reduces drag forces and increases fuel economy. When the car detects that it needs air for climate control purposes, the shutters open.
All 2015 Mustangs come standard with splitters and air dams to reduce air turbulence underneath the vehicle, which reduces drag force on the car. The powerful V8 GT model, with a top speed of 155 mph, also boasts vents on the hood of the vehicle, which let air out from underneath the hood to reduces lift on car, improving handling and confidence while driving at high speeds.
The same engineering that reduces the drag also benefits driver’s pockets and the environment through providing increased fuel economy. The design of the 2015 Mustang reduces overall drag by 3 percent, which increases the fuel economy of the vehicle by 1 percent while making the cabin quieter.
Overall, the design of the new Mustang makes it not only more powerful, but also a smarter and more capable vehicle when it’s out on the road.