Fake or imitation body parts on cars are the brunt of many jokes and criticisms against specific models and types of vehicles. One of these includes the complaint about “fake exhaust tips” that are mounted on the bumper rather than on the pipe themselves (though, there really is a reason why this happens).
The other would be fake vents and gills. In an effort to make cars look sportier and more aggressive, many car companies are guilty of adding in fake vents and gills, to give off the impression that the car is pretentiously more aggressive than it really is. That’s because real vents and gills are used from a performance standpoint to aid cooling and aerodynamics. So it’s a bit disappointing to find a normal car, with what appears to be a vent or gill on a body panel, only to find it filled solid with plastic, making it a faux.
It’s like a woman buying a bra with fake tits just to make them look bigger–they look great from far away but when you’re up close, it’s a huge disappointment–no pun intended.
But Chevrolet decided to combat this on their latest 2017 Silverado HD, complete with the Duramax, by adding an actual, functioning hood scoop for the new model year.
Chevy says the new inlet provides up an additional 60 percent of air for the turbodiesel Duramax to consume and make use of. It even comes with a special air-water separator that makes sure only dry air makes its way into the intake.
But it’s even more functional than just providing more air for the engine to feed on. The specific design, after constant testing in various harsh environments and loads, helps to create a ram-air effect, which also helps distribute cool air into the bay to aid cooling. There’s also a secondary air filter housing that sucks in up to 40 percent extra air from a dry location in wet conditions. The cool air is then combined with the air from the intake, in the event the hood scoop gets blocked in some way by accident.
Yay Chevy for actually making a hood vent that works!
– By: Chris Chin