The latest product from Forgiato is not a set of new wheels or another custom widebody C7 Corvette Stingray. It’s a custom grille for the C7 Corvette Stingray that opens and closes on demand.
Forgiato says the main function of the active grille system is to divert airflow away from the engine compartment by forcing it around the hood and fenders. This change of air flow reduces vehicle lift and aerodynamic drag as well as improving fuel economy.
We know from our time spent listening to Corvette’s Exterior Design Manager Kirk Bennion that the C7 Corvette Stingray spent many hours inside the GM wind tunnel as the aerodynamic properties of the new car were tuned. So we wonder exactly how much aerodynamic testing went into Forgiato’s active grille system and most importantly, if directing airflow away from the LT1 engine is really a good thing.
Forgiato says that system’s software looks at the Corvette’s throttle position to determine the amount of airflow through the grille and adjusts itself accordingly.
The patent-pending system has three modes of operation:
- Active Mode – Uses throttle position to determine the amount of air flow through the grille.
- Demo Mode – To demonstrate the grille operation while the car is parked, the grille cycles through its automated functions.
- Off – Off mode will keep the grille blades open at all times.
Check out the Forgiato Active Grille System available for the Corvette Stingray. Price and availability have yet to be disclosed.
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