Cheat the Wind: 2015 F-150 and Aerodynamics

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We all know that familiar sound. You are driving down the highway at high speed and you hear that constant low WHOOSH. That sound is air, or more specifically, wind resistance. You may not know this but it is seriously slowing down your vehicle and potentially cutting down your gas mileage and eating into your hard earned cash.

Aerodynamics, (according to NASA’s own definition) is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air.  The same technology being applied to aircraft and yes even spaceships is being implemented into your 2015 F-150.  Imagine air resistance as a wall that your car is constantly trying to move through.  Fortunately, unlike a solid wall wind and air resistance do not completely stop your car, but it definitely slows you down and makes it harder for your car to accelerate and maintain a speed.  Aerodynamics makes it easier for your car to accelerate and “cut through” that wall by directing air around and through your F-150.

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Chart showing average household spending on gasoline since 2000.

But what does aerodynamics do for you as a customer?  At higher speeds especially on the highway, better aerodynamics can increase fuel efficiency by up to 10%.  That fuel efficiency can really add up on long trips, or for someone with a long daily commute on the highway.  With the average fuel cost per family forecasted to be $1962 dollars this year, according to the US Energy Information Agency, that 10% efficiency can save nearly 200 dollars a year; definitely a considerable savings.

At first glance of a new 2015 F-150, it is clear that some major upgrades and changes to the appearance have been applied.  These changes are not merely cosmetic, or meant to be aesthetically pleasing;  they add a new dimension to the F-150 design that makes the truck even more aerodynamic than previous models.

The 2015 F-150 increases aerodynamics in seven key areas (see diagram to the right):

  1. Duct under the headlamp channels air to the wheeling Tough Looks Cheat the Windhouse and reduces the wake generated from the wheel.
  2. Trim piece fills the gap between the box and the cab so air is directed past the gap instead of getting trapped.
  3. Box sides are inset slightly (narrower than the cab) to smooth airflow, without decreasing the volume of the box.
  4. Rear corners angled so the airb breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck.
  5. Top of the tailgate is actually a spoiler and gives air flowing off the roof somewhere to land before smoothly trailing off, reducing turbulence behind the truck.
  6. Front corners (headlamps and bumper end) are canted back to direct airflow.
  7. Windshield is mounted flush without a molding to reduce drag.

Aerodynamics is often overlooked when purchasing a new vehicle, but the benefits to you as the customer can clearly be felt in a smoother, less bumpy ride, as well as (and more importantly) in your wallet by saving you money in the long run on gasoline.

Check out this video from Ford showcasing the F-150 Wind Tunnel Testing.

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Example of an F-150 being tested in a wind tunnel (09 F-150 Pictured).

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About the Author:
nateNathan Frank is an internet sales consultant and the man behind Court Street Ford news since January 2015.  He has been in the car industry for several years and has an extensive knowledge of Ford products and history.
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