FlowBelow Aero Inc. announced a new ‘quick-release’ fairing option for the company’s flagship fuel-saving Tractor AeroKit system at the North American Commercial Vehicle show. According to the company, the quick-release mounting system allows the driver of the truck to remove the fairings quickly and without tools when installing tire chains, for example.
The Tractor AeroKit maximizes the aerodynamic performance of the company’s wheel covers by also controlling the airflow between the wheels and behind the wheels. Based on SAE fuel economy testing, the fairings have demonstrated a significant fuel savings of 2.23% in combination with wheel covers, which is over three times the fuel savings of wheel covers alone, the company reported.
“With the exception of the Freightliner Cascadia with Aero package, which comes standard with our wheel covers, over 80% of our customers utilize the complete AeroKit as opposed to wheel covers alone,” said Josh Butler, chief excutive officer and founder of FlowBelow. “Most fleets cannot even measure the fuel savings of wheel covers by themselves. By enhancing our AeroKit with quick-release fairings we are targeting customers that desperately want achieve the maximum fuel savings possible without creating extra work for their mechanics and drivers.”