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Ford Ranger Raptor: The Epitome of Performance Pickup Trucks
The Ford Ranger Raptor is the epitome of high-performance pickup trucks, making it the best in its class. Its distinct features include a striking front grill adorned with the uniquely designed “FORD” letters, which exude strength, and an aerodynamic body that minimizes drag. This enhanced design not only amplifies the vehicle’s performance but also improves its overall efficiency.
Aesthetic and Performance Enhancements
The new generation of the Ford Ranger Raptor introduces visually appealing exterior modifications paired with a powerful 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine. According to Mr. David Grice, Lead Platform Engineer for Ranger and Everest, the focus has been on enhancing the vehicle’s performance through meticulous attention to detail, even if not readily visible to the naked eye. These refinements allow customers to truly feel the difference in the new model.
One such invisible design aspect is the result of extensive aerodynamic testing conducted virtually and physically for around 700 hours, based on the principles of computational flow dynamics. These tests have enabled the engineering team to make immediate design modifications that enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamic efficiency.
Moreover, the Ford Ranger Raptor development team in Australia has incorporated techniques developed by the Ford Mustang development team in America to control airflow around the wheels and wheel arches. These modifications prove beneficial as the wheels are a primary source of friction for the vehicle. Despite the differing characteristics of the Mustang and Ranger Raptor, the implementation of these techniques has resulted in superior aerodynamic performance for the Ranger Raptor.
The Significance of Aerodynamics in Pickup Truck Design
In the past, aerodynamic design did not hold much importance in truck development. However, as customer demands evolved to include versatility, whether it be for work, family, or leisure purposes, designers had to elevate their approach to meet these expectations. This shift entailed focusing on precise details, refinement, and fuel efficiency.
According to Dr. Neil Lewington, Technical Specialist and Head of Aerodynamics at Ford Australia, adapting the fundamental design of a pickup truck for optimal aerodynamics is no easy feat. Designers encounter numerous challenges, such as the large front area, wheel arch openings, and vertically cut rear cabin which connects to the tailgate exposed to wind. However, even small design modifications can significantly enhance aerodynamic efficiency.
Controlling Airflow for Enhanced Performance
To improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the Ford Ranger Raptor, the design team has implemented several key modifications. One such enhancement is the creation of an air curtain around the front and rear wheels, reducing friction. Additionally, the team modified the C-pillar to increase airflow above the tailgate and designed the tonneau cover and spoiler to complement each other.
The Ford Ranger Raptor ingeniously takes inspiration from the air curtains of the Ford Mustang. By designing the front bumper and fog lights to direct airflow around the front wheels, the vehicle minimizes resistance. This design simultaneously harnesses high momentum airflow to counteract natural wind effects at the wheels.
Furthermore, the engineers of the Ranger Raptor have developed a tire protection spoiler at the front end of the rear wheels, effectively reducing friction from the tires. This alteration also diminishes the impact of wind on the suspension system and the pedals located on the side of the tailgate.
The incorporation of a pedal on the side of the tailgate, allowing easy access without stepping on the rear wheel, demonstrates the designers’ commitment to enhancing user experience while considering aerodynamic friction. Extensive testing assures that this innovative design minimally affects the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle.
Refining the Shape of the Tailgate
The design team also focused on improving air circulation around the pickup truck’s rear, particularly above the bed, as it significantly impacts overall aerodynamic performance. By refining the shape of the C-pillar, the edges of the tailgate, and the spoiler on the tailgate cover, the engineers successfully controlled the amount of airflow and reduced aerodynamic resistance.
Through these aerodynamic enhancements, the overall air resistance of the Ford Ranger Raptor new generation is reduced by 3%. This reduction not only improves road grip and reduces cabin noise but also optimizes fuel consumption. Each 3% decrease in air resistance during highway travel equates to a 1% increase in fuel economy.
The Ford Ranger Raptor: Power and Innovation in One
The Ford Ranger Raptor new generation offers an array of features that combine power and innovation. Equipped with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 3.0-liter engine generating 397 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque, it stands as the most powerful Ranger ever. Alternatively, customers have the option of a 2.0-liter diesel engine with a maximum power of 210 horsepower and maximum torque of 500 Nm. Both engine options pair seamlessly with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford Ranger Raptor is not just about raw power. It also comes equipped with state-of-the-art communication systems, Locking Differentials for enhanced control, Live Valve shock absorbers from FOX, and many other intelligent driving technologies. The inclusion of an Active Valve Exhaust system, capable of adjusting the volume of the exhaust pipe in four ways, further highlights the vehicle’s advanced capabilities.
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Ford Ranger Raptor This is the highest performance pickup truck in the world.a keeper’s family ownerNickname ‘born strong’ aggressive with a decorative front grillFORD letters unique to the lines on the sides of the body that emphasize strength AND an aerodynamic design to reduce drag, increasing the performance and efficiency of this pickup truck as well.
“Visually appealing new outer body and3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine It’s a noticeable change. to improve performanceFord Ranger Raptor new generation We also pay attention to many details that may not be visible to the naked eye. But it is something that will enable customers to really feel the difference of the new car.” Mr. David Grice, Lead Platform Engineer, Ranger and Everest say
One of the things that is invisible to the naked eye is the design of the body, whichFord Ranger Raptor passed aerodynamic tests Virtual and physical tests of about 700 hours based onPrinciples of computational flow dynamics which can calculate and report the results of design modifications immediately
Designers and engineers also use unimaginable prototypes as inspiration for designing the airflow around the wheels. which is the main source of friction for the vehicle, and althoughFord Mustang withFord Ranger Raptor There will be very different cars, butFord Ranger development team in AustraliabroughtTechniques that the Ford Mustang development team in America developed to control air flow around the wheels and wheel arches fromFord Ranger Raptor car very good
The Importance of Aerodynamics in Lift Truck Design
In the past, aerodynamic design was not a key factor in truck development. But when customers demand more versatile pickup trucks whether it is used to work live with family or leisure travel Designers have to develop cars to meet the needs of customers more. In terms of detail, refinement and fuel efficiency.
Dr Neil Lewington, Technical Specialist and Head of Aerodynamics, Ford Australia According to him, adapting the basic design of a pickup truck to aerodynamics is not an easy task. Designers have to overcome many obstacles. Whether it’s a large front area, wheel arch openings, the rear of the 4-door cabin that is cut vertically to connect to the wind-exposed tailgate.
“Small design modifications could greatly improve aerodynamic efficiency.” Dr. Levington added up
“forFord Ranger Raptor new generation We focused on many important parts, including creating an air curtain around the front and rear wheels to reduce friction, modifying the new C-pillar to increase airflow above the tailgate. and the design of the tonneau cover and the spoiler on the tonneau cover to match each other.”
Control the airflow around the wheel arches and side steps
Luvington Dr Car wheels are the main source of drag. If you use real cloth Let’s make a curtain over the wheel to circulate the air around the wheel, it would be funny. designers and engineers of Ranger Raptor. So take inspiration fromair curtains from a Ford Mustang Let’s develop it ingeniously by designing the front bumper and fog lights to charge the air in front of the car and create an air curtain at the front wheels.
The front bumper and fog light surrounds are designed to capture airflow through the slits next to the fog lights to the front wheels and along the sides of the body. Luvington Dr This design has two advantages: Help reduce high resistance in front of the car. and againUses high momentum airflow to relieve natural wind from the front wheels.
“Controlling airflow around the wheels is essential to improve aerodynamic efficiency. Be it a car designed to focus on performance. city driving or other uses, but forFord Ranger As well as adding air curtains on the front wheels We also developed a tire protection spoiler on the front end of the rear wheels to effectively reduce the friction from the rear tyres. And reduce the risk of the wind affecting the suspension system and the pedals on the side of the tailgate” Luvington Dr say
The pedal on the side of the tailgate is an ingenious design that allows users to easily get on and off the side of the tailgate. without having to step on the rear wheel to get on the pickup anymore The designers are confident that the step on the side of the tailgate almost does not affect the aerodynamic friction. Luvington Dr he emphasized that too Ford continues to strive to develop vehicles to provide a better user experience for customers.
Luvington Dr He said the pedal was on the side of the tailgate just in front of the rear wheels. So it has little effect on air resistance. This device therefore benefits both the customer and the car. That is, customers get a better experience using the car. And the car is not affected by aerodynamics.
Adjust the shape of the new tailgate
Luvington Dr He said the design team modified the shape of the C-pillar, cover the edge of the tailgate and spoiler on the tailgate cover To improve air circulation above the pickup truck and around the rear pickup truck Ensure that the tailgate is designed in accordance with the best aerodynamic principles.
“The airflow above the bed affects the overall aerodynamic performance of the vehicle. So the shape of the vehicle plays an important role in determining the amount of air flow in the space above the bed,” Dr. Levington. say
“By fine-tuning the shape of the roof and the C-pillar to match the shape of the tailgate edge cover. and a spigot on the tailgate cover So we control the amount of air flow. and reduce aerodynamic resistance.”
despite thatFordand design the front of the car to be big and aggressive, along with wide wheel arches But overall air resistance ofFord Ranger Raptor new generation reduced to 3 percent, which in addition to improving road adhesion and reducing noise in the cabin It also helps the car to use less fuel. Because every 3 percent reduction in air resistance on highway running equates to a 1 percent reduction in fuel economy.
Ford Ranger Raptor
Ford Ranger Raptor new generation It comes with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 3.0-liter engine that produces 397 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque. aOptional 2.0-litre diesel engine with maximum power of 210 horsepower and maximum torque of 500 Nm. Integrate with10-speed automatic transmission Powerful with up to 7 drive modes to choose from, inclbaja mode This makes him the most powerful Ranger ever.
In addition to state-of-the-art communication systems, the 3.0-liter Ford Ranger Raptor also features Locking Differentials. front and rear With Live Valve shock absorbers from FOX and many other smart driving technologies, including an Active Valve Exhaust system that can adjust the volume of the pipe in 4 ways.
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