Chinese car manufacturer Chery has introduced a groundbreaking concept car, claiming to possess the world's lowest wind resistance with a coefficient of drag (Cd) at a mere 0.168. The concept vehicle, which boasts a unique bionic design inspired by the streamlined shape of tuna fish, represents a fusion of exceptional aerodynamic performance and captivating design aesthetics, as revealed in a video released on October 31.
The development of this remarkable concept involved cutting-edge AI simulation techniques, incorporating over 2,000 optimization cases, demonstrating Chery's commitment to advancing automotive technology. The vehicle incorporates over 20 feature refinements and incorporates four sets of active drag reduction devices, setting new industry standards for ultra-low wind resistance.
Chery's pursuit of unparalleled aerodynamic efficiency has culminated in a remarkable wind tunnel test conducted on August 20, where the concept car achieved a record-breaking wind resistance of 0.168 Cd. Lowering wind resistance is of paramount importance, particularly in the electric vehicle (EV) era, as it directly impacts energy consumption and, consequently, the driving range of EVs.
In the same vein, Chinese automaker Li Auto is adopting innovative design elements inspired by high-speed railroad locomotives to minimize wind resistance in its upcoming Li Mega model, a battery-electric vehicle set for release in December. This focus on aerodynamic efficiency is emblematic of the broader industry trend to enhance EV range through streamlined designs.
Chery, one of China's prominent automakers, recently achieved remarkable success in vehicle sales, with 190,080 units sold in September, marking the third consecutive month with over 150,000 units sold. The company's dedication to expanding its presence overseas has been a significant driver of its global growth.
In the competitive landscape of China's new energy vehicle (NEV) market, Chery has charted a unique course by focusing on exports, with a notable 14.9 percent share in the first half of the year, making it the leading brand in terms of vehicle exports from China. Additionally, Chery's partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei has given birth to the Luxeed brand, which is set to launch the Luxeed S7 sedan later this month.
Chery's recent Tech Day event on October 16 revealed ambitious plans to release 39 NEVs over the next two years, comprising 24 hybrid models and 15 battery-electric vehicles. The company's dedication to pushing the boundaries of automotive technology remains a focal point in the competitive EV market.