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The SKODA FABIA: Best-in-class for aerodynamics

The result of the aerodynamics development for the all-new ŠKODA FABIA is a drag coefficient of cd = 0.28, with the fourth generation considerably undercutting its immediate predecessor (cd = 0.32) while at the same time establishing a new benchmark for the small car segment. The all‐new FABIA’s outstanding aerodynamics make a significant contribution to the reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

The ŠKODA AUTO Aerodynamics department worked largely in virtual space during the development of the all-new FABIA. As optimising vehicle aerodynamics is an extremely demanding task and even a minute change can give rise to numerous consequences in other areas, the engineers used supercomputers in order to test as many variations as possible by way of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations. While twenty years ago, just three aerodynamics specialists were responsible for the entirety of the ŠKODA AUTO output, there are now three for the FABIA alone.

Numerous individual measures have helped the all-new ŠKODA FABIA achieve its best-in-class aerodynamics. One important factor are the innovative cooling shutters in the lower air intake, pioneered by ŠKODA in the FABIA as a first in this vehicle class. The vehicle front features openings in the front bumper known as Air Curtains, which direct the air flow in a highly controlled manner past the body’s side panels and wheel arches, for optimal aerodynamic efficiency. As the wheels alone are responsible for generating around 25 per cent of a car’s air resistance, ŠKODA is now, in another first for the FABIA, introducing special plastic inserts that render its alloy wheels more aerodynamic.

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Jul 31, 2021 at 17:19


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