The Chevrolet Corvette has long been the leader in the world of premium American performance cars and based on a new patent filing from General Motors, the company is working on an active aerodynamics package which has only been offered on some of the world’s most expensive exotics in Europe. For example, the Pagani Huayra and the Bugatti Veyron have active aerodynamics systems which adjust at high speeds for improved downforce and stability, but based on the details in the patent filing, the Corvette active aero system will be far more elaborate – from the components to the way that the entire system functions.
Corvette’s Future Active Aero
The active aerodynamics setup in current production cars like the Pagani and the Bugatti function based on the speed of the vehicle. As each of those super-exotics reach high speeds, they have aero bits which change their angle relative to the ground to improve downforce and, more importantly, to prevent lift. Those systems improve handling, but their key purpose is to make those 200+ mile per hour vehicles easier to handle at extreme speeds.
The Chevrolet Corvette active aerodynamics system will be more elaborate, taking into account vehicle speed, body roll, body angle, ride height from wheel to wheel and steering angle. If GM is working to incorporate all of those variables into the Corvette active aero system, we can be sure that this package is for more than just better handling at high speeds. A system which adjusts with all of those variables could use air flow to help the Corvette get through turns more quickly, working with the magnetic suspension setup to make the Chevrolet supercar even more super.
Based on the patent images from the GM filing, this advanced active aero system will include a centered front splitter, canards ahead of the front tires, shutters in the center of the hood, a rear decklid spoiler and a rear diffuser. If these components were fitted to a Corvette as they are described in the patent…