SRT® Hallmarks: Massaging the exterior of the Charger SRT for optimal aerodynamics.

To make an SRT vehicle truly track-worthy, spending time in the wind tunnel isn't an option. It's a must. A vast amount of energy went into the aero development of the exterior of the current Charger SRT.
Posted on Sep 17, 2012

To make an SRT vehicle truly track-worthy, spending time in the wind tunnel isn't an option. It's a must. A vast amount of energy went into the aero development of the exterior of the current Charger SRT, while also massaging the body to deliver the always expected SRT style and flair.

On par with the aggressive stance of the Charger SRT, the front fascia has a splitter that's crafted to add both aesthetically and functionally to the vehicle. The splitter adds downforce to the front to help keep the front end planted to the road. On the rear of the Charger is a new decklid spoiler.

"Being an SRT product, aero plays a huge part in the vehicle," said Nicho Vardis, Exterior Lead Designer, Charger. "There were a lot of things that went into aero development with this vehicle."

Ride height of the Charger SRT was a consideration in the aero development, both performance-wise and in terms of fuel economy. A delicate balance was reached between the design studio and the engineers in the wind tunnel regarding how low the car should ride.

"The ride height is 15-16 mm lower than the standard Charger," said Vardis. "That's getting it hunkered down to the pavement and getting it streamlined and slippery going down the road."

Aero developments are not just limited to the front and back of the muscular sedan. Its sculpted scallops play an integral role in the overall aerodynamics.

"The side sills are unique to the SRT," said Vardis. "They are shaped and sculpted so the air kind of tracks around the rear tire. Thus the air passes along the side of the vehicle. We developed that to help the car go through the air cleaner."

Keeping with the SRT mantra, the Charger certainly brings the track to the street, with aerodynamics a big part of that. Reducing drag and creating downforce were key variables in the equation. When it was all said and done, the Charger is extremely functional in terms of aerodynamics, while meshing with the style that is expected from an SRT.

"The main goal of the car is to make things function," said Vardis. "Along with aesthetics we want everything to work and help the car perform. We are very conscious and deliberate with the way the line worked out on the car and the way we sculpted the surfaces."

Aero development in the Charger brings the track to the street, enhancing overall performance while maintaining the distinct look of an SRT.

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