C8 to get movable deflectors and adjustable ride height?
Active aerodynamics will be making it to the C8, here seen as active spoilers and a ride height system working with each other.
From Motor1 "Specifically, the abstract for this latest tech outlines a system that includes sensors to monitor the position of active aero components on the car, both front and rear. Sensors will also monitor those components in relation to the ground as well as to the body, and will also monitor the ride height of the vehicle above the ground. That last bit is where this patent gets interesting, as it suggests this comprehensive active aero system won’t simply move vents and spoilers but also adjust the vehicle’s ride height – independently front and rear if necessary – for optimal performance.
Presumably, it also could function as a kind of safety system to ensure movable control surfaces under the car don’t contact the ground. As for the diagram depicting a current-generation C7 Corvette, that’s almost certainly a red herring since the model will soon be out of production.
The more patents we find, the more complex the new mid-engined Corvette seems. Of course, there’s no guarantee that all these systems will make it to any production vehicle, never mind the next-generation C8. However, it’s widely known that the new Corvette is running a complex electrical system that even allegedly led to delays in the program. And we’ve certainly seen plenty of various C8 prototypes wearing different spoilers, not to mention all kinds of body cladding that could be hiding other active aero components.
Ultimately, at least some of the aero patents from GM as-of-late will surely appear on the new Corvette, especially on higher-performance trim levels that are expected to arrive in the years to come. In the meantime, Chevrolet will reveal the new C8 on July 18, likely in a base-model Stingray trim."
From USPTO Patent "Vehicle ride-height dependent control of air deflector: A system is configured to control aerodynamics of a vehicle. The vehicle includes a vehicle body having a first end facing an ambient airflow when the vehicle is in motion relative to a road surface and a second end arranged opposite the first end. The system includes an air deflector moveably mounted to the vehicle body. The system also includes a mechanism configured to selectively vary a height of the deflector relative to the road surface and a position of the deflector relative to the vehicle body. The system additionally includes a controller configured to determine a ride-height of the vehicle and correlate the determined vehicle ride-height to a target height of the deflector relative to the road surface. The controller is further configured to regulate the mechanism to select the target height of the deflector relative to the road surface to thereby control the aerodynamics of the vehicle."
active aerodynamics is one area that GM hasn't been utilizing enough, so i'm glad to see it offered here, but how much of it could come standard?
They have no choice really, everywhere you look automakers are building cars to take on road course tracks.
GM won't achieve much by still targeting the straight line performance crowd... hence the move to mid-engine.