Ah, car shows. Where all the new bells and whistles and pickups and compacts and racecars are shown. At the Detroit auto show, Ram was supposed to be triumphant with its North American Truck of the Year. But don’t count out the Ford Atlas Concept:
Take the wheels. If they seem a bit busy, it’s because they contain shutters that close at higher speeds, improving aerodynamics. There’s also air dams that deploy in front of the wheels and behind the massive chrome grille for the same reason.
Ford chief engineer Raj Nair said the new truck will need to lose up to 700 lbs. in order to meet the U.S. fuel economy standards rising between now and 2025, including some “funky” things like aluminum frames.
Go easy on the funky stuff, Ford. Nothing too disco, please. . .