ATLANTA. FlowBelow Aero Inc. said that truck maker Navistar and Strick Trailers are now going to offer its aerodynamic improvement packages as factory-installed options on some of their respective products – specifically the International LT and H tractors and Strick’s line of 53-ft. dry van trailers.
FlowBelow’s “quick-release” wheel covers and Tractor AeroKit system will be offered as optional equipment on all International LT and RH Series tractors effective immediately, the company said during a press conference here at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2018 annual meeting. FlowBelow’s tractor aerodynamic packages can be ordered for any new LT and RH Series trucks through Navistar’s dealer network, with installation completed at the OEM’s assembly plant or specialty center.
The Tractor AeroKit reduces aerodynamic turbulence and drag on the truck by streamlining airflow past the drive wheels. When optioned, each 6x2 or 6x4 truck is outfitted with wheel covers, center fairings located between the wheels, and rear fairings behind the wheels, said FlowBelow. Wheel covers can also be outfitted on 4x2 trucks. The fairing system works like fuel tank fairings by helping to control the air flow along the side of the truck, while the “quick-release” wheel covers also provide "instantaneous and tool-free access” to the wheel end via the company’s patented “push and turn” quick-release latching system.
As part of the agreements signed, FlowBelow products will fall under Navistar’s warranties as well as made available for aftermarket purchase through all Navistar dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
A similar deal for FlowBelow’s “quick-release” wheel covers and Trailer AeroSlider system has been hammered out with Strick, as they can ordered for any new dry van trailer as a factory-option through the Strick dealer network with installation completed at Strick’s manufacturing facility in Monroe, IN.
The AeroSlider uses FlowBelow’s “quick-release” wheel covers in combination with a fairing between the trailer wheels and aerodynamic mud flaps behind them. Each of the components work together as a system to address the complex airflow around the trailer wheels and the wake behind the trailer, the company said; a system also designed to complement other trailer mounted aerodynamic devices – such as trailer skirts and tails – while offering additive fuel savings depending on the combination of devices implemented. FlowBelow said its Trailer AeroSlider system was recently validated to provide fuel savings in excess of 1%.
Gordon Virginski, vice president of OEM and dealer programs, said the FlowBelow kits retail for around $790 and said the company is seeing “a lot of daycabs spec’ing them, as well as a lot more regional fleets doing so as well.”