Patent Discovery Details Active Aerodynamic System For C7 Corvette12
We’re still unsure as to what the hardcore, track-ready Corvette prototype will be called when it decides to show face, but the media at large has dubbed it the next ZR1. While the jury is out on the name, a new GM patent has spoiled a surprise for the upcoming car.
Patents, first discovered by AutoGuide, detail an active aerodynamic system for the C7 Corvette. Specifically, the patents show a basic layout of what look like the C7 Corvette ZR1 prototype we’ve spied on numerous occasions. The patent was filed on March 23, 2017, and is for “vehicle ride-height determination for control of vehicle aerodynamics.”
The patent spoils various elements involved with the Corvette’s active aero system, which includes an adjustable spoiler, an air dam, a splitter, a diffuser and shutter. These components would all adjust per data fed into the system.
Additionally, the patent goes on to state the system features “a mechanism configured to vary a position of the adjustable aerodynamic-aid element relative to the vehicle body to thereby control a movement of the ambient airflow relative to the vehicle body.” Images also detail a sensor used to detect the ride height of the vehicle and cross check it against a reference frame. A controller can then tell the system to regulate aero based on the sensor’s readings.
It’s a pretty serious system for the Corvette and it shows, whatever track-focused model this turns out to be, the car truly means business.
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A Corvette which will truly dominate the entire world with its lap speed? One ancient word for world is “mundi”
How about the Corvette Barra-Mundi !?!?!?!
That would be a great follow up to the Mako Shark.
Will the ZR1 run circles around the current ZO6? If so how much faster? How much more will it cost? I hope it is more expensive than the previous ZR1 so normal people can’t get their hands on them!
Do you own the old one and don’t want competition. The C7 Z06 is already a far superior car.
Active aero is a great thing. Look what it did for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. At 6:52 it was 36 seconds faster at the Nurburgring than the next fastest Huracan. The fastest corvette is a C6 ZR1 @ 7:19. I would expect this C7 to be able to beat the Huracan Performante.
You need to see Glickenhaus’ take on the tires Lambo used
I have. They are still street legal.
Is he referring to the tires because he feels that’s the only reason a car can turn a fast lap around a road course?
This is what they said about the Gen 5 camaro Z28, and they couldn’t be more wrong.
Will the driver be able to control the active aero from inside the car?
If it is anything like what Lamborghini developed it has to be computer controlled. It continually adjusts as you drive.
These kind of notices; like me so much.
GM is capable to do the better in terms of performance; while must bit learn more in other areas
If you casually look at fig 4 it looks like the system controls the car’s rake.
Would the car be able to lower the ride height?