General Motors has just been granted some new US patents for aerodynamics-enhancing technologies that could find their way onto future iterations of the Chevrolet Corvette. The new patents are reminiscent of GM’s patent application regarding “vehicle ride-height determination for control of vehicle aerodynamics” discovered in March of last year, which had been rumored to forecast some of the equipment that would make its way onto the 2019 Corvette ZR1.
Like that patent application, GM’s three new aerodynamics-related patents, which were uncovered by the folks at Corvette Blogger, show how the technologies might work on a C7 Chevrolet Corvette. The patents encompass active side skirts, which can extend toward or away from the road depending on vehicle speed and rear-wheel speed; an active spoiler, which can be raised or lowered, as well as angled, based on rear-wheel speed, ambient air velocity, steering angle, and yaw rate; and downforce-generating ducts, which provide cooling to vital components while at the same time generating aerodynamic downforce to aid with cornering.
The new, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is, as far as we know, the most capable, high-performance variant of the seventh-generation Corvette that GM intends to offer, so it seems much more likely that these three technologies would be deployed on some version of the mid-engine C8. That’s assuming the technologies ever reach production; as always, just because a company has patented something does not necessarily mean it will hit the market.
(Source: Corvette Blogger)