Report: Chrysler’s future vehicles will be designed by the wind

2012 Chrysler 200

Anyone will tell you that one of the most important factors when designing a new car is aerodynamics. Chrysler Group LLC’s design chief Ralph Gilles said today that his team will spend more time in the wind tunnel when designing future models.

Talking to reporters at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, Gilles said aerodynamics is becoming an increasingly important factor when it comes to designing a new car. He pointed to such cars as the Audi A7.

“The wind is starting to sculpt these vehicles,” Gilles said. “We’ll have no choice but to be some of the most wind-swept vehicles that you’ve ever seen.”

He said that the next-generation Chrysler 300 and 200 will be much sleeker than they are now.

Prior to putting stronger emphasis on aerodynamics, Gilles design team would spend about 100 hours in the wind tunnel – they now spend 200-300 hours.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews