air dam

noun

Definition of air dam 

: a device attached to the underside of the front of an automobile to improve stability, aerodynamic performance, and engine cooling by redirecting the flow of air

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Composites are used for the upper control arms and air dam. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Ram scores first strike as roomier, cushier all-new 2019 Ram 1500 begins shipping," 26 Mar. 2018 Active grille shutters and front air dam improve aerodynamics and fuel economy as well. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 In addition to causing trouble for middle-aged folks trying to get out, the McLaren also rides low enough to catch the air dam on speed bumps and/or changes in road surface. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "McLaren 570S Spider: Knock-your-glasses-off fun - plus room for luggage," 31 May 2018 Composites are used in the construction of front upper control arms and the air dam structure. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Ready to rumble: Innovative 2019 Ram 1500 is longer, stronger, lighter," 19 Jan. 2018 Active grille shutters, the optional air suspension and air dam help the Ram achieve a 0.357 coefficient of drag (Cd). Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Ram scores first strike as roomier, cushier all-new 2019 Ram 1500 begins shipping," 26 Mar. 2018 Meteorologists recognize different types of cold air dams. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Your primer to understanding Mid-Atlantic cold air damming and ‘the wedge’," 7 Feb. 2018 Tucked beneath the front bumper, the air dam lowers in less than two seconds when speed exceeds 35 mph and the temperature is above 38 degrees. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Ram 1500," 15 Mar. 2018 This active air dam, Ram claims, helps lower the drag coefficient from 0.39 to 0.36. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Ram 1500," 15 Mar. 2018

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