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With distinct wind deflector

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296 - Land vehicles: bodies and tops

296100010 - BODIES

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
296180400 Mounted on towed vehicle 76
296180500 Adjustable angle 39
296180200 Mounted on pulling vehicle (e.g., tractor, etc.) 33
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20130026783FRONT UNDERFLOOR STRUCTURE OF VEHICLE - A front underfloor structure of a vehicle includes front deflectors disposed forward of front tires, respectively. The front deflectors each include a front apex portion disposed at a position closer to the vehicle front than a leading edge surface of each of the front tires when straight, and disposed at a position closer to a vehicle center line than an inner surface of each of the front tires when straight; an outer end portion disposed at a position closer to the vehicle rear than the front apex portion, and disposed at a position outward in the vehicle width direction of the front apex portion; and a second flow redirection surface connecting the front apex portion and the outer end portion, and being configured such that, when struck by air traveling from the vehicle front, the second flow redirection surface redirects a flow of the traveling air outward in the vehicle.01-31-2013
20090256386Frame extension device for reducing the aerodynamic drag of ground vehicles - A frame extension device for the reduction of aerodynamic drag and for improved performance of bluff base ground vehicles by increasing the pressure on the base of the vehicle by stabilizing the wake flow. The device is particularly suited for tractor-trailers utilizing a roll-up type rear door in that it does not block any part of the door opening. The device may be of sufficient thickness to support the weight of an unloading device.10-15-2009
20130026782AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes folding panels that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.01-31-2013
20100072778PLASMA SPOILER - A plasma spoiler is mounted in a rear portion of a vehicle for exerting a force on a passing air flow. The plasma spoiler has a dielectric substrate formed of a dielectric material, a first electrode mounted on a bottom surface of the dielectric substrate and insulated by the dielectric substrate, a second electrode mounted on an upper, exposed surface of the dielectric substrate, and a power source connected to the first and second electrodes. The first electrode is disposed in a rearward direction relative to the second electrode. A switch is disposed between the power source and one of the first electrode and the second electrode. The switch is controlled by a controller that is in communication with a speed sensor, so as to activate the plasma spoiler only when the vehicle exceeds a trigger speed.03-25-2010
20100072777FRONT FASCIA PLASMA-INDUCED DRAG REDUCTION DEVICE - A plasma-induced drag reduction device is mounted on an underside of a vehicle front fascia. The drag reduction device has a dielectric substrate formed of a dielectric material, a first electrode mounted on a bottom, exposed surface of the dielectric substrate, and a second electrode mounted a top surface of the dielectric substrate and insulated by the dielectric substrate, and a power source connected to the first and second electrodes. The second electrode is disposed in a rearward direction relative to the first electrode. When activated, the device generates a plasma region that attracts an air flow passing underneath the vehicle, reducing the separation of the flow field and thereby reducing the impingement of the air flow on the ground and reducing the drag on the vehicle.03-25-2010
20130076065ROOF APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A roof apparatus for a vehicle includes first and second projecting members each mounted on a roof of the vehicle and each including an elongated shape. The first and second projecting members are arranged at first and second end portions of the vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle. A height of each of the first and second projecting members is equal to or greater than a height of an upper end of a boundary layer of an airflow flowing on the roof.03-28-2013
20130076063Drag Reducing Device - A drag reducing device includes an air flow turning component having a curved surface adapted to turn air flow passing over the curved surface, a first mounting component for connecting the air flow turning component to a rear door of the vehicle, and a second mounting component for connecting the air flow turning component to one of the opposite side walls of the vehicle. The mounting components are configured so that the air flow component is automatically in a deployed position when the rear door is closed, so the air flow turning component turns air flow passing along the side the vehicle inward to thereby reduce drag. The mounting components are further configured so that the air flow component is automatically stowed between the rear door and the vehicle side wall when the door is fully opened. The air turning component is sized for a minimal prominence when stowed.03-28-2013
20100045069REMOVABLE AERODYNAMIC COVER FOR PICKUP TRUCK - A removable aerodynamic cover for pickup truck bed is disclosed. The aerodynamic cover reduces air drag and reduces fuel consumption of a pickup truck vehicle, and increases volume of covered storage area, comparatively with commonly used flat truck bed covers. The aerodynamic cover preferably has a convex parabolic or elliptical shape and fits to the contour of the truck cabin back panel on the forward side and edge of tail gate panel on the back side. The preferred embodiment has locks or hinges for easy attaching to the side frame edges of a truck box, and optionally consists of segments for easy removing and storage.02-25-2010
20130076064REAR-MOUNTED RETRACTABLE AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE FOR CARGO BODIES - An aerodynamic structure attached to the sides and top of a truck cargo body (either a stand-alone trailer or a “straight truck” with the cab and cargo area as a fixed vehicle) at the aftmost region, which rear typically contains a rolling door assembly, which rolls upwardly. An aerodynamic structure is permanently attached to the sides and top of the trailer in a manner that extend past the aftmost plane of the truck cargo body and retract to the aftmost plane of the truck cargo body when subjected to a force, allowing this device to be backed into structures. The retracted orientation allows for the rear of the trailer to be fully accessible for loading and unloading, and does not reduce the size of the opening of the trailer. The various embodiments of the invention allow for automated deployment once the force used to compress the structure is removed.03-28-2013
20090160213Spoiler - A spoiler device, especially a rear spoiler, is adjustable between a non-usage setting and at least one usage setting. The rear spoiler is joined at its rear end area as viewed in the direction of travel via a covering device having a folded structure with a body, especially with a trunk lid of a motor vehicle. The covering device is embodied as a two-component part.06-25-2009
20130038086AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is provided for use with vehicles having surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus including an exterior cover supported by moveable frames which in turn are supported by sets of supporting linkages. The moveable frames extend rearward and together with the exterior cover form a drag reducing shape for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.02-14-2013
20100026045REAR AIR GUIDING DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A rear air guiding device is disposed in a region of a roof rear edge on a tailgate provided with a rear window. An upper approach flow surface of the air guiding device forms an extension of the roof upper side mounted in front thereof, and the air guiding device protrudes over an upper border region of the rear window. In order to reduce the outlay on components and installation and also the weight of the air guiding device, it is provided that the latter is composed of a front part which is integrated in the tailgate and of a rear part which adjoins the front part such that their outer skins are flush and is connected to the front part.02-04-2010
20100327624REINFORCING PART FOR AN AIR-GUIDING DEVICE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A structural reinforcing member for motor vehicle wind deflectors has a shaped configuration with at least one curved portion, and a plurality of mutually spaced apart, plastically formed deformation sections which provide structural rigidity to maintain the shaped configuration and geometry of the reinforcing member.12-30-2010
20090322121Wind Deflector Mesh Device - The invention relates to a wind deflector mesh device (12-31-2009
20090302639VEHICLE HAVING AERODYNAMIC FAN ELEMENTS - A vehicle is provided with fan housings having inlets and an outlets. Fan are rotatably supported in the housings. The inlets intersect an airflow path along outer surfaces of the vehicle body such that a portion of the airflow is directed through each housing, causing the fans to rotate. A flow of spinning air exits each outlet and is directed toward a central plane of the vehicle.12-10-2009
20120217767CONVERTIBLE CORVETTE WIND BLOCKER - The wind blocker allows the simple and inexpensive manufacture of a wind blocker for the convertible C5 and C6 Corvette which utilizes illuminated text and/or artwork. The design of the wind blocker allows such text or artwork to be quickly and inexpensively applied based on customer requirements. The use of computer aided etching techniques allow the wind blocker to be cost effectively manufactured with custom artwork in quantities as low as one item. This allows the end customer to utilize any artistic design desired to create a completely custom, one-of-a-kind accessory for the customer's C5 or C6 Corvette.08-30-2012
20130057019AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS - A drag reducing apparatus is provided for use with vehicles having surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes an exterior cover that forms a drag reducing shape when the apparatus is fully extended. The apparatus can be retracted to a space saving configuration. A scissors linkage extends and retracts the apparatus. The scissors linkage can be motorized, and the motor can extend the scissors linkage by turning in a first direction and can retract the apparatus by turning in a second direction. The scissors linkage can hold the exterior cover taut when the apparatus is fully extended. The scissors linkage can support the exterior cover at intermediate locations when the apparatus is not fully extended. The apparatus can include support linkages and intermediate moveable members that support the exterior cover and define the drag reducing shape.03-07-2013
20120223544APPARATUS FOR REDUCING DRAG ON A VEHICLE - An apparatus for reducing atmospheric drag on a vehicle. The apparatus includes an airfoil having a receiving feature, wherein the airfoil is attachable with a back portion of the vehicle. The apparatus includes at least one extender attachable with the back portion of the vehicle, and a slide arm attached to the at least one extender and mateable with the recess portion of the airfoil. The apparatus is configured such that when the slide arm is disposed in the receiving portion of the airfoil, the airfoil is in an extended position relative to the back of the vehicle. The apparatus is further configured such that applying a force on the airfoil in a direction substantially perpendicular to the back portion of the vehicle buckles the airfoil, thereby lifting the slide arm from the recess and moving the airfoil to a retracted position.09-06-2012
20130062907VEHICLE REAR OUTLET STRUCTURE - A vehicle rear outlet structure includes: an outer member constituting an outer surface of a rear vehicle body and defining a flow path space inside of the vehicle body; and a protrusion portion provided on an outer surface of the outer member to protrude in an outboard direction. The outer member is provided with an air outlet opening through which the flow path space and a space outside of the vehicle body communicate with each other. The protrusion portion is arranged forward of the air outlet opening in the vehicle longitudinal direction and continuously in a vertical direction of the vehicle, such that the flow of air flowing along the outer surface of the outer member sucks out air in the flow path space through the air outlet opening to an outboard side thereof.03-14-2013
20090236872Outboard wake stabilization device and method for reducing the aerodynamic drag of ground vehicles - An improved method and device for the reduction of aerodynamic drag and for improved performance of vehicles by increasing the pressure on the base of the trailing vehicle or vehicle component by controlling the boundary layer as it exists the vehicle trailing edge. The subject invention consists of a multiple panels located near the base area of a bluff base vehicle. The flow control objectives are accomplished by positioning minimally sized panels comprising the invention in close proximity to the side and top surfaces of the vehicle, where the leading edge of each panel is positioned in close proximity to the trailing edge of the vehicle. The side panels comprising the invention are laterally positioned outboard of the side surface of the vehicle. The top panels are vertically positioned above the top surface of the vehicle.09-24-2009
20130069389ROUNDED AIR DAM FOR MAXIMUM AERODYNAMICS AND COOLING PERFORMANCE - A modified air dam includes an integral spring-like, corrugate-shaped portion for absorbing impact forces imposed on the air dam. A lower portion of the air dam is generally planar and angled slightly from a vertical plane toward the front of the vehicle. The air dam also includes a rounded portion to provide a horizontal offset between upper and lower portions of the air dam and to direct airflow toward a bottom portion of the radiator. The air dam may also be curved side-to-side or employ an inverted, generally U-shaped portion as a first force absorbing region and a spaced rib that serves as a second force absorbing region. The generally U-shaped portion also advantageously extends over a fastener and mounting region of the air dam.03-21-2013
20090026797Wake stabilization device and method for reducing the aerodynamic drag of ground vehicles - A wake stabilization device for reducing the aerodynamic drag of ground vehicles. An improved device for the reduction of aerodynamic drag and for improved performance of bluff base vehicles by increasing the pressure on the bluff base of the vehicle by controlling the wake flow and the interaction of the wake flow with the vehicle bluff base region. The device generates a reduction in drag force on the bluff base of a body moving through a fluid. The apparatus consists of two opposing panels attached to the bluff base and aligned approximately parallel to the side edge of the bluff base and lying in a plane that is parallel to the vehicle centerline. The drag force reduction results from controlling the flow entering the bluff base trailing wake from the left side surface, right side surface, bottom surface, and top surfaces of the vehicle. The objects and advantages also extend to other applications in which an object, body, or vehicle is moving through either a gas or a fluid.01-29-2009
20080309122REAR-MOUNTED AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE FOR TRUCK CARGO BODIES - This invention provides an aerodynamic structure attached to the rear face of a truck cargo body, which rear typically contains a door assembly, with a plurality of doors that swing open on hinges, or a single, full-width door, which rolls upwardly. The various embodiments of the invention allow an aerodynamic structure to be permanently attached to the rear of the trailer in a manner that would obscure access to the door(s) in a deployed position, in which the aerodynamic structure generates reduced drag on the trailer body, yet enables ready access to the door(s) in a folded position. The folded position still allows the rear of the trailer to be fully accessible for loading and unloading, and in the case of swinging, hinged doors (among others), allows the doors to be folded through a full 270-degree arc from a closed position to a position flush along the sides of the vehicle, with a minimal sideways projection. The various embodiments also enable relatively rapid and easy transition between the folded position and the deployed position using a variety of actuators and linkages that tie the folding and deployment of various panels of the structure together. This allows an operator to selectively fold and deploy the structure without undue effort or strength.12-18-2008
20110285167AERODYNAMIC AND PROTECTIVE VEHICLE PANEL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING SAME - An aerodynamic panel assembly with surface macrostructure is provided for a land vehicle. The panel assembly includes a first plurality of slats each having a longitudinal length greater than its width, and a second plurality of slats each having a longitudinal length greater than its width. The first and second plurality of slats are interwoven, thereby providing significant structural strength while increasing the versatility of the panel assembly to be used on various types of vehicles. Various types of attachment mechanisms are provided for attaching a panel assembly to the vehicle.11-24-2011
20120032474SPOILER FOR REAR HATCH CLOSURE ASSEMBLY - A spoiler assembly for a rear hatch closure assembly on a vehicle includes a base member extending laterally across the hatch closure assembly, a latch mounted to the base member, and a shell member secured to the base member to cover and conceal the latch.02-09-2012
20090189413WINDSHIELD DEVICE FOR MOTORCYCLE - A windshield device for a motorcycle includes a front cowl located at a front side of the vehicle body to cover a vehicle body; a windscreen disposed at an upper part of the front cowl so as to be vertically movable; an air introducing port for introduction of air from the front side being formed between a lower end of the windscreen and a front surface of the front cowl; and an air guide for guiding the air introduced through the air introducing port to flow rearwards along a rear surface of the windscreen, wherein the air guide is firmly attached to the rear surface of the windscreen.07-30-2009
20090121517FALSE DIVISION BAR FOR MINIMIZING WIND THROB NOISE - A false division bar assembly for minimizing wind noise generated during movement of a vehicle including a retractable rear window. The assembly includes a division bar mountable in a vehicle rear door window opening to create at least two air passages on opposite sides of the division bar within the vehicle rear door window opening, to thereby minimize wind noise generated during movement of the vehicle when the vehicle front windows are closed with the vehicle rear windows being opened.05-14-2009
20090096248System for Reducing Fuel Consumption in Vehicles - The invention relates to a system for reducing fuel consumption in vehicles. According to the invention, fuel consumption is reduced by minimizing the aerodynamic resistances generated as the vehicle moves forward. The inventive system consists in conveying air to the rear or stern of the vehicle whereat a depression is known to form. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, said air is conveyed using a tubular casing (04-16-2009
20090146452AERODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF GROUND VEHICLES - The present invention relates to the improvement of the aerodynamic properties of bluff-body shaped ground vehicles. A least one air modulator is assembled on the vehicle to modify an air flow around the vehicle, such that the drag on the vehicle is decreased. Each air modulator has an array of openings including a number of openings, which are arranged next to one another along an essentially straight line. A control unit controls the at least one air modulator output oscillating air from each opening such that air vortices are formed outside the opening. The at least one air modulator is arranged on the vehicle, such that these air vortices have axes that, in proximity to the opening, are essentially perpendicular to a forward driving direction of the vehicle.06-11-2009
20080265619Method and apparatus to improve stability of automobile - A system to improve the aerodynamic stability of automobiles, comprising mounting on the roof of an automobile a scaled down replica of an existing racing vehicle including downforce generating component and in which proprietary rights exist concerning the aerodynamic construction of the racing vehicle.10-30-2008
20120038183AIR FLOW GUIDE FOR A TRACTOR TRAILER GAP - An apparatus for affecting airflow in a gap between a lead vehicle and a connected trailing vehicle, includes a guide vane having a leading edge, a trailing edge, a gap side surface, and an outward facing surface, and a support apparatus mountable on a vehicle for supporting the guide vane in a vertical orientation relative to the vehicle with a space between the vehicle and the guide vane gap side surface and with at least a portion of the vane extending beyond an end of the vehicle. The flow guide divides an air flow at the trailing edge of a vehicle to avoid the creation of turbulence in the air flow as it encounters the gap between the vehicle and the trailing vehicle,02-16-2012
20080303309Vehicle Air Dam System - An air dam is made of flexible cells installed adjacent to one another so that the air dam is capable of installation in many deflecting configurations on a vehicle and can also deflect under impact. The air dam system may be capable of being deployed at higher speeds while being stowed under the frame of the truck when the truck is operating on rough road surfaces to reduce the potential for air dam damage. The air dam system can be actuated pneumatically and when deployed tends to reduce aerodynamic drag by altering the path of airflow under and/or immediately around a vehicle. Other methods of actuation such as hydraulic or mechanical components may also be used with the air dam system. Alternatively, the air dam cells may be stationary and include an inflated bladder and/or flexible sleeve mounted adjacent to one another on an air dam frame.12-11-2008
20100123333Aerodynamic Drag Reducing Apparatus - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes folding panels that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.05-20-2010
20110169298PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE WITH REAR-SIDE AIR GUIDING DEVICE - An air guiding device (07-14-2011
20090008961Fastening Apparatus - A fastening apparatus makes it possible for an additional wing to be fixed to a spoiler basic body via screws which are disposed in a concealed manner, such as a threaded screw and a threaded nut, the threaded screw being held in a manner which is captive in a cage and positionally fixed on the spoiler basic body, and ensuring positioning with respect to the threaded nut.01-08-2009
20090261619AIR-DIRECTING COMPONENT AND BODY FRONT END OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - An air-directing component (10-22-2009
20120292944FASTENING DEVICE FOR A PANEL ELEMENT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE BODY - A fastening device is provided for the releasable fastening of a panel element to the front wall structure of a motor vehicle body, with a brace, which on one end can be fastened with a fastening structure of the panel element and on the other end can be fastened with a fastening structure of the front wall structure. The brace is releasable and positively fastened to at least one of the fastening structures with at least one end section.11-22-2012
20120292943FRONT SPOILER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A front spoiler of a motor vehicle is held on the front end part of the vehicle by fastening elements. To reinforce the front spoiler in the central region, reinforcing ribs are provided, which extend into inward and outward formations on the front end part. The reinforcing ribs are preferably vertically aligned plate-shaped structures that extend in the longitudinal direction. To ensure a necessary dimensional stability of the front spoiler during driving, the reinforcing ribs can be supported on the front end part, and the front spoiler itself can be supported on the reinforcing ribs.11-22-2012
20100090496VEHICLE DRAG REDUCTION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A drag reduction method and apparatus for reducing aerodynamic pressure drag associated with a vehicle in motion by use of grit, grit tape, or other turbulator to increase the momentum of boundary layer flow over a vehicle. A turbulator, such as grit tape, can be attached to the smooth external body surface of the vehicle to improve upon a vehicles fuel economy. The turbulator associated with the grit material reduce the effects of the pressure drag by creating a turbulent boundary layer over the surface of the vehicle that moves a separation point from a laminar flow to a turbulent flow backwards along the vehicle. The reduction in pressure drag reduces the overall energy needed to move the vehicle through the air, which improves upon the fuel economy of the vehicle.04-15-2010
20080284204Liftgate Exterior Module For An Automotive Vehicle - The technology described herein provides a molded trim assembly located externally at the top of a liftgate structure to provide an aerodynamic and stylish overhang above the liftgate glass. Furthermore, the technology also provides a liftgate exterior module including a plug-in module containing a motorized window wiper arm assembly, a central high mounted stop light, and a washer fluid spray nozzle.11-20-2008
20080290690EXTERIOR MIRROR SAIL AIR FLOW SPOILER - A side view mirror assembly for minimizing noise generated during movement of a vehicle having the assembly mounted thereto. The assembly includes a sail mountable to the vehicle, an arm mounted to or formed with the sail, and a mirror mountable to the arm. The sail may include a spoiler having a generally triangular cross-section for deflecting air flow away from the vehicle and thereby minimizing noise generated during movement of the vehicle.11-27-2008
20080211260Means and methods to reduce drags - A drag reduction mean which consists a duct and a support mean which duct can reflect passed through flows and which is mounted on one end of the support mean which another end can be mounted on an object which can move in a fluid; the length of the support mean being able to be altered by a mechanical mean; the ratio of the cross-sectional areas of the entrance and the exit of the duct being able to be altered; the normal directions of the exit of the duct being able to be altered; the algorithms of using the drag reduction means being revealed.09-04-2008
20080246306Wind Deflector For a Motor Vehicle - The present invention relates to a wind deflector (10-09-2008
20080277966Air Guiding System for a Vehicle - A vehicle air guiding system in a rear area of the vehicle has a central air guiding element displaceable between a moved-in inoperative position into a moved-out operative position. Lateral air guiding elements, which are displaceable together with the central air guiding element, are telescopically displaceable relative to the central air guiding element while enlarging the transverse dimension of the air guiding system transversely to vehicle longitudinal direction from an also moved-in inoperative position into an also moved-out operative position. In the inoperative position, the lateral air guiding elements are pushed over the central air guiding element so that they rest against one another by way of the end sections and completely cover or envelop the central air guiding element.11-13-2008
20110204677DAM SKIRT AERODYNAMIC FAIRING DEVICE - A method and device for the reduction of aerodynamic drag and for improved performance and stability of ground vehicles by reducing the mass and velocity of the flow passing under a vehicle is described. The device is particularly suited for a single unit truck system but may also be applied to a tractor-trailer truck system or any combination vehicle that includes a motorized lead vehicle pulling one or more non-motorized vehicles. The device is designed to control the flow from entering the undercarriage region from the front and side of the subject ground vehicle system.08-25-2011
20090096249ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY FOR AERODYNAMIC PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT COVER - An attachment assembly for an aerodynamic cover includes a substantially flattened aerodynamic cover adapted to be located on a body panel with a predetermined height (H) form the body panel; a first clip; and a second clip. The first clip comprises a flange and a shank adapted to engage with a stud on the body panel. The second clip includes a flange and a tubular body adapted to receive the shank therein and connect the shank therewith. The first and second clips are connected to each other in a manner that the aerodynamic cover is sandwiched and held between the flange. Thus, the aerodynamic cover is located on the body panel with the predetermined height (H) form the body panel.04-16-2009
20090212594AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS - A drag reducing apparatus is provided for use with vehicles having surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes an exterior cover that forms a drag reducing shape when the apparatus is fully extended. The apparatus can be retracted to a space saving configuration. A scissors linkage extends and retracts the apparatus. The scissors linkage can be motorized, and the motor can extend the scissors linkage by turning in a first direction and can retract the apparatus by turning in a second direction. The scissors linkage can hold the exterior cover taut when the apparatus is fully extended. The scissors linkage can support the exterior cover at intermediate locations when the apparatus is not fully extended. The apparatus can include support linkages and intermediate moveable members that support the exterior cover and define the drag reducing shape.08-27-2009
20080315622Wheel Pant Device For a Vehicle and Control Method Thereof - In a wheel pant device (12-25-2008
20090140542Aerodynamic Drag Reducing Apparatus - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is adaptable for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus consists of a series of nesting shapes and/or frameworks that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.06-04-2009
20090256385VEHICLE WITH DRAG-REDUCING OUTER SURFACE - A vehicle with a drag-reducing outer surface. A method of reducing aerodynamic or hydrodynamic drag on a vehicle includes the steps of: providing an outer surface on a body of the vehicle, with the outer surface including spaced apart turbulence-inducing structures thereon. The structures cause boundary layer separation to be delayed along a length of the body, thereby reducing a drag coefficient of the body. A vehicle wrapping product for reducing aerodynamic or hydrodynamic drag on a vehicle includes an outer surface for applying onto an opaque portion of a body of the vehicle. The outer surface includes a plurality of structures which induce turbulence and thereby delay separation of a boundary layer along a length of the body, to thereby reduce a drag coefficient of the body.10-15-2009
20100156142AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE - An aerodynamic device for a vehicle that can effectively adjust airflow within a wheel house is obtained. A fixed aerodynamic stabilizer device 06-24-2010
20100276968WIND-STOP DEVICE FOR A TWO-SEATER CONVERTIBLE - A wind-stop device for a two-seater convertible comprises a panel provided with means for its removable anchorage behind the backrests of the seats of the automobile, between two roll-hoops anchored to the structure of the automobile, behind the seats. The anchorage means comprise at least one pair of lateral tabs projecting from the panel and designed to be received within guide slits made in the inner sides of the two roll-hoops and at least one blocking tongue projecting at the bottom from the panel and designed to co-operate with a receiving and blocking device in the form of a buckle for safety belts, rigidly connected to the structure of the motor vehicle and having a receiving seat open upwards, set at the top of a wall at the back of the two seats with a release button adjacent to said seat.11-04-2010
20120061992SPOILER - A spoiler includes an outer member and an inner member. The outer member includes a base plate portion, a cover plate portion facing the base plate portion, and a bent portion connecting the base plate portion and the cover plate portion. The inner member is arranged between the base plate portion and the cover plate portion. The inner member includes a back plate portion facing the base plate portion, and a wall portion extending from the back plate portion toward the cover plate portion. The base plate portion and the back plate portion are vibration-welded, and the cover plate portion and the wall portion are vibration-welded. The wall portion includes a plurality of grooves forming a corrugated structure in a cross section taken along a plane perpendicular to a direction in which the wall portion extends from the back plate portion toward the cover plate portion.03-15-2012
20110175393Aerodynamic boat tail attachment - An aerodynamic boat tailed attachment is disclosed. The attachment is a flexible membrane 07-21-2011
20100301632AERODYNAMIC BICYCLE SHOE COVER AND PEDAL COVER - The present invention is embodied in a new aerodynamic cover for a bicycle shoe and clipless bicycle pedal for improving speed when cycling. The aerodynamic cover comprises a main body including an ankle portion having a rear side, a heel portion connected to the ankle portion, and a sole portion connected to the heel portion and having an underside. An opening is formed in the sole portion for allowing a bicycle pedal to be engaged to the bicycle cleat. An outwardly extending fin stretches from the rear side of the ankle portion, around the heel portion, to the underside of the sole portion. In one embodiment, the aerodynamic cover further comprises a pedal layer, a cleat layer, and a base plate layer. A gap is delined between the pedal layer and the cleat layer. The gap inhibits excessive friction between the pedal layer and the cleat layer as the cleat is pivoted with respect to the pedal.12-02-2010
20090039674Front-end module for vehicles - This present invention relates to a front-end module for vehicles which comprises a mounting member with a plurality of sections extending in different directions to accommodate vehicle components wherein a component provided as a cooling module is by means of fixing elements secured to said mounting member in a central area thereof and wherein an air guide unit is disposed adjacent to said mounting member which unit comprises at least one air guide element made of a foamed material.02-12-2009
20110175394Aerodynamic Drag Reducing Apparatus - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes folding panels that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.07-21-2011
20110068602SYSTEM, METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR USE WITH COUPLED VEHICLES - An automatic gap closing system automatically moves a gap closing cover between an un-deployed and a deployed configuration to selectively cover a gap between two coupled vehicles (e.g., tractor-trailer combination) in response to an actual or expected speed of at least one of the vehicles, thereby increasing fuel efficiency at relatively high or fast speeds without hindering maneuverability of the coupled vehicles at relatively low or slow speeds. Indications of speed and/or location may come from speed sensors, on-board computers (i.e., black box), GPS receivers, or wireless receivers.03-24-2011
20110068603DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - The present disclosure provides for drag reduction on a moving object through the atmosphere, thus increasing fuel efficiency. This is accomplished by attaching an inflatable boattail (i.e. drag reducer) to the aft face or rear end of a vehicle or trailer, thus delaying the flow separation to a point further downstream and mitigating the intensity of the negative pressure on the aft face.03-24-2011
20090026796Wind Protection System For Convertibles - A wind protection system for a convertible vehicle comprises a textured perforated plate which is embossed with a regular honeycomb structure and has a sufficient degree of inherent rigidity so as not to require a frame. In addition, the perforated plate preferably has the greatest possible number of holes of identical shape and size which afford good transparency is achieved.01-29-2009
20090001757SPOILER DEVICE - According to an aspect of the present invention, a spoiler device for a vehicle for controlling air stream of the vehicle, the spoiler device covering a hinge member and pivoting in response to a pivotal movement of a back door supported by the hinge member in a pivotally movable manner in a vertical direction thereof, includes an upper wall portion adapted to be arranged adjacent to a roof of the vehicle and extending along the roof in a width direction of the vehicle, a lower wall portion formed integrally with the upper wall portion by blow forming and provided between the upper wall portion and a hinge shaft provided at the hinge member, the lower wall portion including an opening at a portion located above the hinge shaft, and a cover fixedly attached to the lower wall portion for covering the opening thereby to cover the hinge member.01-01-2009
20100276967Apparatus for a Pickup Truck Box Cover - An apparatus for a pickup truck box cover includes a frame having a generally flat rectangular shape and configured to reside in a plane generally perpendicular to a bed of the pickup truck and proximate a back of a cab of the pickup truck. A means joins the frame to a frame of the pickup truck. A means joins the frame to the pickup truck box. A top surface is removably joined to the frame and configured to extend back from a top portion of the cab of the pickup truck along a sloping plane intersecting a plane containing the bed of the pickup truck. Side panels are removably joined to the frame and configured to extend from the top surface to the bed of the pickup truck where, in conjunction with the pickup truck, a shape resembling generally flat bottom airfoil is formed.11-04-2010
20110001334AERODYNAMIC STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE - An aerodynamic structure for a vehicle that can effectively adjust airflow within a wheel house is provided. An aerodynamic structure for a vehicle has an airflow collision wall provided at a rear in a vehicle body longitudinal direction with respect to a front wheel in a wheel house, and extending in a vehicle width direction and facing a lower side in a vehicle body vertical direction, an airflow guiding wall extending downward in the vehicle body vertical direction from an end portion of the airflow collision wall which end portion is at a side that is far from the front wheel, and a step portion formed at a portion in the vehicle width direction of at least one of the airflow guiding wall and the airflow collision wall, and including inward-facing walls that extend along a direction intersecting the vehicle width direction.01-06-2011
20080203762Handguard apparatus and methods - This invention relates to handguards that may be used on motorcycles, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles, and personal watercraft. The handguard according to the present invention includes a shield connected to a handlebar mount by an elongated support member. The elongated support member is of a unitary construction and is fabricated from an elastic material so that the shield may be movable within at least two planes by at least 90 degrees from a relaxed position to a deformed position upon the application of an external force.08-28-2008
20110210578Aerodynamic Drag Reducing Apparatus - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is adaptable for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus consists of a series of nesting shapes and/or frameworks that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.09-01-2011
20110080019AERODYNAMIC VEHICLES AND FAIRING ASSEMBLIES THEREOF - A vehicle having reduced aerodynamic drag includes a wheel assembly configured for moving the vehicle across a surface. The wheel assembly has an inboard surface and an outboard surface and includes a wheel configured for rotation with respect to the vehicle and a tire disposed on the wheel. The vehicle also includes a fairing assembly configured for reducing aerodynamic drag across the wheel assembly. The fairing assembly includes a first portion configured for partially enclosing an inboard surface of the wheel assembly and a second portion configured for partially enclosing an outboard surface of the wheel assembly and removably coupled to the first portion. The fairing assembly is moveable in unison with the wheel assembly during vehicle steering and suspension maneuvers.04-07-2011
20110095562VEHICLE AND VEHICLE SUBSTRUCTURE - A vehicle substructure (04-28-2011
20110095563VEHICLE UNDERBODY AIRFLOW MODULATOR - Methods and apparatuses for decreasing automotive drag in vehicles are provided herein. In embodiments, a vehicle underbody airflow modulator may comprise one or more flexible panels and fasteners. A flexible panel may be retained below the underbody of a vehicle, covering one or more features of the underbody and preventing disruption of airflow by the features. In some embodiments, a tensioning device may be provided to tension the panel. Various embodiments may permit access to the vehicle underbody, dampen road noise, and/or decrease high speed vehicle lift, and may be made available at a lower initial cost than current alternatives.04-28-2011
20110260499INFLATABLE VEHICLE AIR DAM WITH BIDIRECTIONAL DEPLOY/STOW SYSTEM - A vehicle has an inflatable air dam assembly that is deployed and stowed by a bidirectional deploy/stow system. The deployment and stowing may be based on vehicle speed. The deploy/stow system includes an air compressor and first and second valves for directing air into and out of the air dam assembly. The compressor operates on both deploy and stow operations to fill and evacuate, respectively, the air dam assembly.10-27-2011
20100194142METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCTION OF AERODYNAMIC DRAG - A method of reducing aerodynamic drag on a moving blunt-edged body, the method comprising actively generating a flow of air at a blunt edge of a body and using the generated flow of air to control an external flow of air moving relative to an edge of a moving blunt-body.08-05-2010
20110148140APPARATUS FOR REDUCING DRAG ON A VEHICLE - An apparatus for reducing drag on a moving vehicle includes various combinations of a movable segments and a swing arm. Each combination is adapted to be mounted to the rear of the vehicle with a fixed portion being positioned forward of the movable segment upon extraction. The movable segments have a retracted position and an extended position and may be biased to the retracted position. The movable segments deploy to the extended position when moving above a predetermined velocity and returns to a retracted position when moving below the predetermined velocity.06-23-2011
20100026044Vehicle Body for a Motor Vehicle - In a rear end of the vehicle body, an assembly carrier which is arranged in the vehicle transverse direction is inserted between inner body-side side parts of the vehicle rear end. The assembly carrier holds pre-assemblable components and to which assembly carrier is fastened a rear-end trim panel and which assembly carrier is fixedly connected to the two inner side parts by screw devices and forms a stiffening body cross member.02-04-2010
20100140976PIVOTALLY DEPLOYABLE AIR DAM UTILIZING ACTIVE MATERIAL ACTUATION - An active air dam adapted for use with a vehicle, includes a deflector pivotally translatable relative to the vehicle, so as to be caused to achieve stowed and deployed conditions, wherein the deflector, when in the deployed condition, is configured to occlude air flow beneath the vehicle, and further includes an active material actuator comprising an active material drivenly coupled to the deflector, and configured to cause the deflector to pivot to one of the stowed and deployed conditions as a result of activating the material, and the vehicle is preferably configured to cause the actuator to pivot the deflector when a pre-determined vehicle or external condition is detected.06-10-2010
20110304173AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is provided for use with vehicles having surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus including an exterior cover supported by moveable frames which in turn are supported by sets of supporting linkages. The moveable frames extend rearward and together with the exterior cover form a drag reducing shape for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.12-15-2011
20090284042WING ELEMENT - A wing element (W) on the spoiler (S) of a motor vehicle is characterized in that the lower side (U′, U″) of the wing element is provided in a manner to substantially planar below a limit speed and therefore has a small end surface in the direction of travel of the motor vehicle, and an aerodynamic profiling of the lower side, and therefore an increased end surface, is provided above said limit speed.11-19-2009
20120169085AERODYNAMIC PACKAGE FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE - A vehicle having an aerodynamic splitter for the front of a vehicle is provided. The splitter includes a splitter panel which has a top surface adapted to be mounted to a front fascia of a vehicle. The top surface is contoured and offset from the front fascia in order to define an airflow opening between the front fascia and the splitter panel. The airflow opening directs air under the vehicle therethrough in order to create a down force on the vehicle07-05-2012
20120169084VEHICLE MIST SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USING SAME - The invention is essentially an apparatus and method for reducing the wheel-spray and the aerodynamic drag of a wheel-set of a vehicle having a framework with preexisting holes, the apparatus comprising a three-dimensionally adjustable support infrastructure anchored to the framework without the need for drilling or welding the support infrastructure to the framework; a three-dimensionally adjustable housing superstructure having a housing having an obtuse-angled forward side and an obtuse-angled rearward side for screening the wheel-set, with the housing affixed between a box-sleeve and a stand-on plate with a plurality of U-bolt fasteners, wherein the box-sleeve defines an interior chamber for receiving a girder; and two attenuation rings inserted along both external ends of the girder to dilute vibration from the vehicle to the housing; and a fastening means comprising a locking cap having domed arches and a transplanar bore, a counter-threaded locking bolt, and a locking pin. A tightening wrench may be used for tightening, and/or loosening the locking cap over a girder lateral terminus. A protective replaceable shield and connectors are also provided to protect and renew the housing side wall exterior surface.07-05-2012
20100301633Vehicular Rear Spoiler - A vehicular rear spoiler, which is integrated with the trunk lid of a vehicle, comprises an electronic display arranged on the rear side of the spoiler body and a reelable heat-insulation sun shade collected inside the spoiler body, whereby not only advertisement or messages can be presented on the electronic display, but also the heat-insulation sun shade can be extended to the front of the vehicle to protect the vehicle from sunshine, rain and snow.12-02-2010
20120001451Aerodynamic Drag Reducing Apparatus - A drag reducing apparatus is provided for use with vehicles having surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes an exterior cover that forms a drag reducing shape when the apparatus is fully extended. The apparatus can be retracted to a space saving configuration. A scissors linkage extends and retracts the apparatus. The scissors linkage can be motorized, and the motor can extend the scissors linkage by turning in a first direction and can retract the apparatus by turning in a second direction. The scissors linkage can hold the exterior cover taut when the apparatus is fully extended. The scissors linkage can support the exterior cover at intermediate locations when the apparatus is not fully extended. The apparatus can include support linkages and intermediate moveable members that support the exterior cover and define the drag reducing shape.01-05-2012
20120001450AIR DAM DEPLOYMENT AND RETRACTION SYSTEM - An air dam deployment and retraction system includes an air dam, a compressor, an air reservoir, a first switch, a second switch, and a third switch. The air dam is configured for moving between a deployed position and a retracted position. The compressor is configured to compress fluid. The air reservoir defines a chamber that is configured to receive a volume of the compressed fluid. The first switch is configured to selectively move between a first inactive position and a first active position. The first inactive position is configured to provide the compressed fluid to the atmosphere. The first active position is configured to provide the compressed fluid from the compressor to one of the chamber of the air reservoir and the air dam. The air dam is configured to move from the retracted position to the deployed position upon receiving the compressed fluid.01-05-2012
20120007388GROUND VEHICLE WING - A method and apparatus for improving a ground vehicle's fuel economy.01-12-2012
20120007387VEHICLE-BODY STIFFENING DEVICE - In a vehicle-body stiffening device, a wind-receiving plate that receives traveling wind is fixed to a main bar portion of a lower bar that connects brackets formed at left and right lower sections of a suspension cross member to each other and supporting suspension lower arms. The wind-receiving plate receiving a traveling-wind pressure biases the main bar portion so as to generate bending stress. Due to this bending stress, a preload is generated between the left and right brackets. Since the preload is generated by the traveling-wind pressure, the preload is 01-12-2012
20100117396SYSTEM FOR REDUCING AERODYNAMIC DRAG ON VEHICLES - An apparatus is provided for reducing aerodynamic drag experienced by an over-the-road vehicle while underway. A frame assembly including a fastening fixture couples the apparatus to the vehicle, and a first airfoil including a first outward air deflecting surface deflects a portion of the airflow directed toward a first tire laterally outward toward an externally exposed side of the first tire. A second airfoil including a second outward air deflecting surface deflects a portion of the airflow directed toward a second tire laterally outward toward an externally exposed side of the second tire. The first and second airfoils are spaced laterally apart from each other when coupled to the vehicle by the frame assembly to define an aperture between the first and second airfoils through which at least a portion of the airflow directed toward the axle assembly is to pass while the vehicle is underway.05-13-2010
20120013145MOTOR VEHICLE FRONT SPOILER - A motor vehicle front spoiler has a spoiler lip (01-19-2012
20090295189Apparatus to improve the aerodynamics, fuel economy, docking and handling of heavy trucks - A device to alter and/or reduce the aerodynamic, base drag on and improve the stability of a bluff bodied vehicle, such as a heavy trailer with or without two aft vertically hinged doors, comprised of preformed, resilient, semi-circular airfoils permanently attached with hinges to the aft planar surface or the rear doors of the vehicle, at the vertical left and right corner edges, the horizontal top corner edge, the horizontal bottom corner edge of the vehicle, or at two or more of these positions. The airfoils self stow when the doors are opened and resume their initial shape when the doors are closed. If accidentally impacted, the airfoils deflect and then resume their initial shape. The airfoils can be fitted with compact air nozzles to blow air tangentially over their outer surfaces to enhance their effect. The device is inexpensive, lightweight and easily installed, replaced and retrofitted.12-03-2009
20090243334AIR DEFLECTOR - The present disclosure relates to an air deflector, adapted to be attached to the upper windshield crossbeam of a convertible vehicle. The air deflector includes a top surface, a front portion, an outer side portion, an inner side portion and a rear wing portion. The rear wing portion extends upwards from the top surface. The air deflector may further include a locking device adapted to lock the air deflector in the locking arrangement for the retractable top.10-01-2009
20120119540AERODYNAMIC DRAG REDUCING APPARATUS - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus includes folding panels that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.05-17-2012
20100289294Wind Blocker Arrangement - The present invention relates to a wind blocker arrangement (11-18-2010
20120126572AERODYNAMIC DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE - An aerodynamic device for reducing the wind resistance of a vehicle or a trailer is provided. The aerodynamic device is intended to be mounted to a vehicle structure at or close to the rear end of a vehicle. The device includes a flexible sheet material arranged to the vehicle or trailer such that it is hanging along the vehicle structure when it is in a resting position and arranged to extend beyond the rear end of the vehicle or trailer when deployed. The flexible sheet material includes an inner side and an outer side. The flexible sheet material is attached to the vehicle structure such that it deploys as a result of the coanda effect inducing a lower pressure on the outer side than on the inner side of the flexible sheet material when the vehicle or trailer is moving. The flexible sheet material is further attached to the vehicle structure by at least one restrictor such that the restrictor by the restriction shapes the flexible sheet material in its deployed state to a desired shape. A vehicle or trailer including such an aerodynamic device are also provided.05-24-2012
20100052362METHOD FOR MUTUALLY ADHERING MOULDED ARTICLES OF VULCANIZED RUBBER - The invention relates to a method for mutually adhering moulded articles of at least partially vulcanized rubber polymers. The method comprises at least the steps of providing a rubber composition which comprises a peroxide with an initiating temperature lower than the vulcanization temperature of at least one of the rubber polymers; arranging an adhesive layer of the rubber composition on the surface of the moulded articles which is to be adhered; bringing the surfaces for adhering together under pressure; and vulcanizing at least the adhesive layer at an increased temperature.03-04-2010
20100052361RETRACTABLE CURVED AIR DAM - A retractable curved air dam assembly is provided for improving the aerodynamic characteristics of a motor vehicle. The air dam assembly is segmented to include a plurality of panel members each adapted to pivotably attach to the underside of the front-end vehicle structure. The panel members are configured to selectively transition between a deployed position, in which the panel members are preferably in a generally vertical orientation, and a stowed position, in which the panel members are in a generally horizontal orientation. The panel members are shingled (i.e., partially overlapped) such that pivoting a center panel from the deployed position to the stowed position thereby pivots the side panels to the stowed position, and such that pivoting a side panel from the stowed position to the deployed position thereby pivots the center panels to the deployed position.03-04-2010
20120299330Aerodynamic Drag Reducing Apparatus - An aerodynamic drag reducing apparatus is adaptable for use with vehicles having downstream surfaces that are not streamlined. The apparatus consists of a series of nesting shapes and/or frameworks that extend rearward for use in a drag reducing configuration and collapse for use in a space saving configuration.11-29-2012
20120091753AUTOMOBILE PROVIDED WITH WHEEL WELL DEFLECTORS - A motor vehicle includes at least one wheel designed to turn in a well defined by a wheelhouse. The vehicle also includes a wheel deflector of an elongate overall shape extending from the wheelhouse towards the wheel with one end provided with a radius R corresponding substantially to an exterior radius of the wheel. The deflector is arranged in an upper portion of the wheelhouse and extends longitudinally on each side of a median plane of the wheel passing through an axis of rotation of the wheel, with an overall angular length L between 1/20 and ¼ of an external circumference of the wheel.04-19-2012
20120091752Wind Deflector Comprising a Linearly Oscillating Deflector Element - A wind deflector for a vehicle is provided. The wind deflector includes a movably mounted deflector element and an actuator for moving the deflector element. The actuator can move the deflector element in a linearly oscillating manner in one direction in space, especially vertically. The linear movement can be performed regardless of a curvature of a class A surface of a vehicle.04-19-2012
20100219661Extendable Air Control Dam for Vehicle - An air dam is attached to the underside of a vehicle and extends downwardly into proximity with the road surface and potential interference with curbs or like obstructions extending above the road surface. A panel assembly includes a top wall attached to the underside of the motor vehicle, forward and rearward walls depending from the top wall, and a bottom wall. These walls cooperate to define an interior space, and the forward and rearward walls have serially arranged pleats connected by living hinges by which the panel assembly can adjusted in height by flexing the living hinges to provide an extended position of the panel assembly in which the bottom wall is positioned further below the underside of the motor vehicle and a withdrawn position in which the bottom wall is withdrawn upwardly closer to the underside of the motor vehicle to avoid potential interference with curb or like obstructions.09-02-2010
20080309121System for the reduction of aerodynamic drag on vehicles - The system is designed to reduce the aerodynamic drag on the box type of trucks such as semi-trailer or full truck vans. The system consists of a series of ductwork that gathers airflow from the front of the van and conducts the flow to the rear end of the van where it is released in proportional amounts at the back end of the truck, so as to alleviate the drag.12-18-2008
20130168998ATTACHMENT FOR AIR SPLITTER PANEL - An air splitter panel is attached to a vehicle fascia panel. One of the panels has a plurality of longitudinal extending slots and the other of the panels has a plurality of fastener holes that register with the slots. Fasteners are mounted in each of the holes and extend through the slot registered therewith to attach the panels together while permitting sliding movement of the splitter panel relative to the fascia panel. A yieldable detent acts between the fastener and the one of the panels with the slot to block the sliding movement of the splitter panel until a force applied upon the splitter panel overcomes the yieldable detent to permit the sliding movement of the splitter panel.07-04-2013
20130168999VEHICLE AIRSTREAM DEFLECTOR AND RELATED METHOD - A vehicle airstream deflector is provided. The deflector provides an air curtain to divert oncoming air flow past the passenger cabin of a vehicle, thereby reducing drag. Furthermore, air flow from the rear of the vehicle is induced to move forward, providing additional vehicle momentum in the direction of travel.07-04-2013
20130093209AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES WITH FRONT TIRE PROTECTORS - An automotive vehicle includes a body, a drive system, a plurality of wheels, a plurality of tires, and a plurality of protrusions. The body has a centerline and a front portion. The front portion comprises a front surface comprising a driver's side front surface and a passenger's side front surface. The drive system is disposed within the body. The wheels are coupled to the drive system, and include front wheels. Each of the tires is mounted on a respective wheel. The tires include front tires mounted on the front wheels. The protrusions extend outward from the front surface for protection of the front tires. The protrusions include a first pair of protrusions and a second pair of protrusions. The first pair of protrusions extend outward from the driver's side front surface. The second pair of protrusions extend outward from the passenger's side front surface.04-18-2013
20130140849DIRECTED GAS SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING AERODYNAMICS OF A VEHICLE IN CROSS WIND CONDITIONS - Systems and methods are disclosed that utilize exhausted gases from an internal combustion engine (e.g., piston engine, rotary engine, turbine engine, etc.) of a vehicle for reducing the aerodynamic drag thereon. In some disclosed examples, the systems and methods utilize a generated gas flow from, for example, electric fans, engine driven or pneumatically/hydraulically driven pumps, etc., for reducing aerodynamic drag. The generated gas flows in several disclosed examples are directed in a generally opposing direction of (i.e., against) prevailing cross winds.06-06-2013
20120274096SPOILER - A spoiler includes an upper member and a lower member. The upper and lower members are joined together by vibration welding. One of the upper and lower members includes a main welding rib and an auxiliary welding rib. Each of the main welding rib and the auxiliary welding rib is protruded toward the other of the upper and members so as to be vibration welded to the other of the upper and lower members. The main welding rib is arranged to extend along a vibration direction of the vibration welding, and the auxiliary welding rib is arranged to extend along a direction perpendicular to the vibration direction. A height of the auxiliary welding rib is less than a height of the main welding rib before the vibration welding. The auxiliary welding rib is spaced apart from the main welding rib.11-01-2012
20130181476CAR BODY FOREPART STRUCTURE - A maintenance cover includes a pair of lateral turning support parts provided at right and left sides of a front edge part, and a central turning support part. The lateral turning support parts have opening parts that can be caught by hook parts with an L-shaped cross-section that are provided at a cover main body part. The central turning support part has a stopper that is engageable with an inner wall surface of a side wall part provided at the cover main body part. When the maintenance cover is slid backwardly, a sliding operation of the maintenance cover is stopped by the lateral turning support parts and the central turning support part, and the maintenance cover is rotated with the lateral turning support parts being as supporting points.07-18-2013
20110309652Air Guiding Device - An air guiding device on a wheel suspension element of a rear axle of a motor vehicle extends approximately transversely to the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle. The air guiding device includes an element that extends substantially in a horizontal plane and is divided into a front section and a rear section. The two sections extend upwardly at different angles from a horizontal plane.12-22-2011

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