Aquilo aero - aerodynamic steering
Since 2009 Wouter Remmerie, founder of Zastrugi, has been developing an aerodynamic steering concept for vehicles. Where conventional race cars apply downforce to increase the traction limit, this concept varies the flow through internal and external air channels to generate lateral forces on the car. This increases cornering speeds without dependency on friction to the ground. The reduction in loads on structural elements by replacing the otherwise required downforce allows for lighter components and a lower fuel consumption.
Next, an exterior body was designed around this concept, allowing people to get an idea of the visual impact of such a technology and decide for themselves whether this form-follows-function design appeals to them. Wouter has had the pleasure to get in contact with people from inside the car design industry to exchange thoughts towards the final of the exterior design.
CFD calculations showed lateral forces up to 300N at 270 kph, allowing for significant increases in cornering speeds, stability and safety. Based on these positive results, Wouter teamed up with Voxdale to write and file a patent for this concept. Based on a positive report from the European patent office, the patent was granted (WO2013049900 - A1).
To further expand this vision for the future, the idea of using 3D printing for the chassis of the car was added. Looking at tomorrow's possibilities, an extreme design freedom exists towards structural chassis design, allowing for far more complex shapes, in the end reducing the weight of the car. Additionally, local manufacturing reduces the carbon footprint of the concept car. As a small demo, both the car and the chassis were 3D printed.
Currently the concept car is being looked at in the media in newspapers, websites and events. Should you have an interest to take part in this story, feel free to contact us.