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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web New slits in the front air dam increase cooling airflow to the front brakes. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2023 Released in 2005, the RGT 3.8 is based on the 997 GT3 and features Ruf bodywork, including carbon-fiber panels, kevlar doors and a polyurethane front air dam. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 July 2022 The biggest differentiating factor is the air dam below the front bumper on non-TRD Pro models. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 15 Nov. 2022 The improved approach angle comes with the front air dam being removed, and the front axle moving farther forward. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 11 Aug. 2022 Combined with removing the front air dam, the extra lift increases the approach angle by 5 degrees to 34 degrees. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 May 2022 Even the optional air dam and tire carrier aren't unique to Futura. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Feb. 2022 While more than 1,000 units of the 3.0 CSL were made, only 167 of the final road-going 3.2-liter cars were delivered with the Bat costume, including the front air dam, fender strakes, basket-handle roof spoiler and enormous rear wing. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2021 The suspension lift raises the truck 1.0-inch, and the package also includes the removal of the front air dam and the addition of skid plates for the front and middle of the underbody. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 14 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air dam was in 1970

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“Air dam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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