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Kochi, India − The R&D team at Apollo Tyres, in an exclusive partnership with Porsche, has developed the new, variable front spoiler of the recently introduced Porsche 911 turbo and 911 turbo S, reported George Joseph for Business Standard.
The spoiler, branded as ‘Air Master by Vredestein’, is an integrated part of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics system and protected with a series of patents by both partners.
Recently, Apollo Tyres became the first manufacturer to produce an all season tire using European natural rubber or Russian Dandelion, as a part of the EU-PEARLS project.
This project was undertaken to reduce the dependence of tire manufacturers on rubber trees, which is mostly grown in Asia.
Commenting on this innovative spoiler, Peter Snel, Chief, R&D (PV), Apollo Tyres, said that the variable front spoiler is made with a specially developed EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber, which combines flexibility, to adapt to the required aerodynamics under all weather conditions and ambient temperatures. At low speeds, the spoiler retracts beneath the bumper to ensure maximum ground clearance, allowing the 911 turbo to pass speed bumps without a hitch.
At higher speeds, the spoiler extends on the outside to optimise the airflow around the wheels and reduce fuel consumption. In the performance position, the spoiler is fully extended to create extra down force on the front wheels which, combined with the fully extracted rear wing, results in exceptional road-holding.
The spoiler is powered pneumatically with several air chambers giving it the required shape.
The entire system was developed by a dedicated cross functional team from Apollo Tyres R&D and Apollo Vredestein manufacturing.
All production processes were also developed by the team internally, and actual production of these spoilers have been started in a special production cell few months back.
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