Who likes improved fuel efficiency and aerodynamics? Who thinks a cold draft is a drag? Who thinks the Ford Focus is the best hot hatch on the market? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, well, have we got something to tell you about! Ford’s Active Grille Shutters are a great way to improve efficiency and aerodynamics, and you’ll never have to lift a finger. So read on and find out more about the Active Grille Shutters on the Ford Focus.
In most front-engine, water-cooled gas cars, air is pulled through the grille and into the engine bay; this can be accomplished by the radiator fan, or just by the movement of air through the car. This cold air will have a cooling effect on the engine coolant, keeping the engine cool — pretty cool, huh? But just like George Foreman, the engineers at Ford are always looking for ways to make things better, even the lowly grille. Enter, Active Grille Shutters.
Active Grille Shutters are a system that optimize aerodynamics by using vents within the grille to adjust airflow to the engine department. They operate on a small motor that open and close the shutters depending on the needs of the cooling system (Here is a video of the shutters at work in case you’ve been living under a rock, or just a house without shutters — it’s okay, I’m a visual person too). And it is pretty simple. If air is needed to cool the engine, because you were idling for a long time or a putting a lot of driving in, the vents open. If no airflow is needed, the vents shut. This reduces aerodynamic drag by about 6%, and CO2 emissions by about 2%. Now, I know that doesn’t seem like much, but it can make a real difference when travelling at high or cruising speeds, in saving you gas money. And on a vehicle like the Ford Focus RS, it helps improve already stellar performance.
The Active Grille Shutters will be located behind the grill, mounted ahead of the radiator. The shutters are made up of motorized horizontal vanes that can rotate 90 degrees to block or allow more airflow; all controlled by the car’s electronic control unit depending on the engine bay’s temperature. The system will also keep the vanes closed when starting the vehicle in cold weather, so the engine can get up to its optimum temperature quicker, reducing fuel consumption further. Once again, performance enhancing, and it involves absolutely zero work on your end.
Always looking to improve performance, Ford’s engineers work tirelessly to create vehicles that both look great and provide peak functionality. Something as simple as even shutters can make a big difference in the way your vehicle operates. Trust Ford, and trust Team Ford. Active Grille Shutters on the Ford Focus are something you may overlook, but the team at Ford doesn’t. If you’re interested in a beautifully designed and efficient vehicle, come by Team Ford today. We’ve got a whole lot of them.