Streamlined. Elegant. Efficient. Purposeful. The Speedtail’s exterior is unlike anything else in the automotive world. Every element has been honed into the most aerodynamic shape possible. Air is channeled without interruption over, under and around the body – from the nose all the way to the innovative ailerons at the tail. While it’s an undeniably jaw-dropping aesthetic, everything speaks of the Speedtail’s extraordinary velocity.
This was part of the single-minded design brief for the Speedtail. And an objective that has been brought to life… with jaw-dropping results. But every line, every curve is there for a reason. To reduce drag. And to keep the airflow attached to the vehicle. When viewed from above, the car has a distinctive teardrop shape – the most speed-efficient natural form, as seen in high velocity birds and fish. It channels air in a seamless, uninterrupted way. Seen from the side, the Speedtail’s strikingly sleek outline ends in the elongated tail. Shutlines – gaps in panels – are at an absolute minimum to prevent turbulent air over the body. Inspired by nature yet honed by the latest technology. But it is purposeful to the last millimeter.
Flexed for airflow
In stunning new automotive technology, the Speedtail goes away with a traditional rear wing. Instead, its trailing edge integrates controllable surface elements known as ‘ailerons’ – usually found on aircraft. These extend at high speed to provide balance and provide airbrake function. Unlike traditional hinged ailerons, however, the Speedtail’s are formed from the bodywork of the tail. There is no separate, moving element – the carbon fiber bodywork itself bends. This removes the need for joins or shutlines. And minimises turbulent air… with no loss of speed. Hydraulically actuated, the ailerons move the center of pressure towards the rear, increasing downforce. The Speedtail’s active ailerons only became possible because of a relentless commitment to pushing boundaries – in both aerodynamic design and materials innovation.
Innovations abound. Another automotive first: the Speedtail has no mirrors. Instead, two discreet high-definition cameras glide out from the doors when ignition is activated. Being much smaller than traditional mirrors, they vastly reduce air turbulence. But they also provide a far wider field of vision for the driver via two screens within the cockpit. And are ergonomically designed to help the driver focus on the road ahead. When the cameras retract, the pure-form outline of the Speedtail is left fully undisrupted to eliminate any drag from buffered air.