SmartTruck Unveils New LeadEdge Fairing to Manage the “Gap”

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SmartTruck, the award‐winning aerodynamic efficiency-solution provider for the long-haul trucking industry, today announced at ATA the introduction of its LeadEdge Top Fairing, a new aerodynamic trailer fairing designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer, or between two tandem trailers.

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“Tandem trailers face a unique aerodynamic challenge, they need to ensure than any efficiency components added to trailers do not obstruct or interfere with pup operations. Our LeadEdge was created with that in mind.” -Stephen Ingham, CEO

SmartTruck, the award‐winning aerodynamic efficiency-solution provider for the long-haul trucking industry, today announced at American Trucking Association Management Conference the introduction of its LeadEdge Top Fairing, a new aerodynamic trailer fairing designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer, or between two tandem trailers.

“This new patent-pending product addresses this problem area of the trailer in a completely new and different way from other current industry solutions,” said Stephen S. Ingham, Jr., SmartTruck CEO. “LeadEdge is the first solution that creates lift to reduce drag,” according to Mr. Ingham. Like other components in Smart Truck’s portfolio, the LeadEdge increases long-haul truck fuel efficiency: a 2% improvement as a stand-alone, and an incremental improvement in fuel economy when combined with aerodynamic systems addressing drag in other parts of the trailer.

For tandem operators in particular, the LeadEdge Top Fairing is a highly desirable and affordable solution that can quickly pay for itself in fuel savings.

“Tandem trailers face a unique aerodynamic challenge,” said Mr. Ingham. “They need to ensure than any efficiency components added to trailers do not obstruct or interfere with pup operations. Our LeadEdge was created with that in mind.”

The LeadEdge Fairing was designed and optimized using sophisticated Computational Fluid Dynamics. Predicted performance metrics were subsequently validated through rigorous coast down testing. Live tandem fleet testing is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Mr. Ingham also announced that SmartTruck will be consolidating its trailer efficiency solutions portfolio to make it easier for customers to choose and purchase the products that are right for their needs. Beginning October 19, 2015, the company will sell and distribute its EPA SmartWay Verified and C.A.R.B. Compliant aero systems in three branded configurations:

  • The former UT1 will now be named “Classic Aero System”
  • The UT6+ will now be named “Premier Aero System”
  • TopKit will now be named “TopKit Aero System”

About SmartTruck:
Building on its aerodynamic background in the aerospace, motorsports, ballistics and automotive industries, SmartTruck conceives, designs, and creates precision aerodynamic efficiency solutions for the trucking industry. SmartTruck is headquartered in Greenville, S.C.

For more information, visit http://www.SmartTruckAero.com.

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