You might think last year’s spectacular Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile (IAA) concept from the Frankfurt Motor Show might forever remain a prototype.
This is indeed the case, but its great drag coefficient of just 0.19 (equal to VW’s XL1) is going to serve as inspiration for the new range of electric vehicles being prepared by the automaker, according to the latest rumor flying off the mill. The company reached ‘world-beating aerodynamics’ via an extendable body that elongated up to 390 mm (15 inches) at speeds exceeding 50 mph (80 km/h) to impact efficiency. Mercedes is now keenly interested in aerodynamics to achieve better efficiency and have a positive impact on the electric cars range. nke Kleinschmit, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler, hinted there are lots of improvements to be made when it comes to production cars.
Mercede’s best aerodynamic car to date is the CLA 180 BlueEfficiency Edition, posting a drag coefficient of 0.22 Cd. Anke Kleinschmit also discussed ‘the potential for reducing air resistance has not been exhausted, although it will slow down.’ It appears active aero tweaks could reach the company’s upcoming range of EVs reportedly planned for the new “MEQ” sub-brand – the technology could work in favor of achieving an even better range than anticipated. The first preview of the family could be here in Paris during the fall motor show and we could see what elements might be used on the production models starting 2019.