Hyper-fuel-efficient concept tractor-trailer in development by Shell, AirFlow
The concept truck, which is being dubbed the StarShip, centers on aerodynamics, with the aim being to develop a design that bucks trends in conventional truck design, says AirFlow President Bob Sliwa. The companies plan to complete a cross-country fuel economy test with the truck and trailer in 2017.
Initial designs for the StarShip call for the truck and trailer to be joined as a single, integrated unit, ridding it of the truck and trailer gap — a significant source of aerodynamic drag. It will also be outfitted with a newly designed hood, side skirts, front end and custom interior. Some of the truck’s elements will retract under 35 mph, the companies said.
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