Tire manufacturer Apollo Tyres has announced its latest product, a new, active-type front spoiler lip for the Porsche 911 turbo, and turbo S. Jointly developed between Apollo subsidiary Vredestein and Porsche, the ‘Air Master by Vredestein’ works pneumatically, with several air ‘chambers’ behind the spoiler altering in capacity, to give the desired shape.
At low speeds, the spoiler retracts beneath the bumper to ensure maximum ground clearance, allowing the car to pass over speed bumps and other uneven surfaces. At higher speeds, the spoiler extends on the outside to optimize the airflow around the wheels and reduce fuel consumption. In the performance position, the spoiler is fully extended to create extra down force on the front wheels.
“I am quite excited with this innovation by the team, especially because the team has gone beyond the usual tire-related research,” stated Peter Snel, chief R&D (PV), Apollo Tyres Ltd. “This also demonstrates Porsche’s confidence on us for developing such an item. The variable front spoiler is made with a specially developed EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) rubber, which combines flexibility, to adapt to the required aerodynamics under all weather conditions and ambient temperatures, with the strength and elasticity to withstand impact damage from road particles.”