Dodge Patents Active Aero Solution For Charger Daytona R-Wing

Patent Filing Suggests Innovative Aero Solutions...

On August 17th, 2022, the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept debuted at the brand’s Speed Week event during the week of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Dodge’s concept featured a polarizing design that broke from the brand’s current styling language.

The R-wing

A notable and very innovative feature of the design is the front R-wing, which not only pays tribute to the original Charger Daytona’s design but cleverly channels air through its front opening to significantly enhance downforce while retaining an aerodynamic profile. The term R-wing was coined for Stellantis Chief Of Design Ralph Gilles and has made it through to production on the upcoming 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T and Scat Pack models. 

Dodge Charger Daytona R-Wing Airflow

Now, based on a patent filing found by Carbuzz, Dodge may be evolving the R-wing to provide active aerodynamics. Imagine the R-wing as not just a static piece but a dynamic element that adjusts its position based on the vehicle’s speed and driving conditions. This allows for the management of airflow, reducing drag and front lift—two critical factors that can affect a vehicle’s stability and efficiency.

Key Components and Functionality

  • Front Wing: This is the primary component of the airfoil system. It extends across the front of the vehicle and is supported at both ends and at the center by a structure known as a stanchion.
  • Actuators: These mechanisms, which can be located within the outboard front fascia or the central stanchion, control the angle of the front wing. By adjusting this angle, the system can optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamics in real-time.

How Does it Work?

The front airfoil system is cleverly designed to integrate with the vehicle’s Class-A surfaces, meaning it’s part of the outermost layer of the vehicle that interacts directly with the airflow. When the vehicle is in motion, the airfoil adjusts to either increase or decrease drag and lift. This adjustment is crucial during different driving scenarios, such as high-speed highway driving or sharp cornering.

Dodge Charger Daytona R-Wing Patent Active Aero Single Angle Of Attack

Aerodynamic Adjustments:

  • Single Angle of Attack: The entire airfoil moves as one unit to a specific angle, depending on the need to reduce or increase lift.
  • Dual Angle of Attack: In a more sophisticated setup, the airfoil could be split into sections (left and right) that can move independently. This feature could be particularly useful for enhancing vehicle stability during maneuvers like turning at high speeds.
Dodge Charger Daytona R-Wing Patent Active Aero Dual Angle Of Attack

Benefits of the Front Airfoil System

  • Enhanced Stability and Control: By optimizing lift and drag, the vehicle maintains better contact with the road, especially under varied environmental conditions.
  • Improved Efficiency: Reduced drag means the vehicle slips through the air using less energy, which can be especially important in an electric vehicle, allowing for longer range.
  • Versatile Performance: The front wing’s angle can be adjusted, allowing drivers to tailor their driving experience dynamically to speed, driving conditions, and road surfaces.
Dodge Charger Daytona R-Wing Patent Active Aero Side Shot

Practical Application

Whether in everyday driving or a performance driving situation, the adjustable R-wing system could theoretically adapt to enhance your driving experience. It’s not just about performance; it’s about smartly harnessing the air around you to make driving more efficient and engaging.

Overall, the patent filing is very interesting and opens up the possibility of using the R-wing in ways that I never would have expected. Whether it will make production or not remains to be seen, but we will likely get a better idea closer to the launch of the upcoming Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee.

Jared Balfour

Jared founded MoparInsiders and is a 41-year-old automotive enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia. He took an interest in cars at a very young age and has been interested in them ever since. His hobbies include photography, videography, drag racing, and auto detailing. He currently owns and drives a 2023 Audi RS6, a 2024 GMC Sierra, and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

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I must state clearly, Dodge did as much as they could under severe corporate policy to build a fantastic electric vehicle. This innovation is one example of a tough challenge that was met with talent and vision. Call me optimistic.
Problem is this vehicle is being launched, again under a misguided corporate policy, at a bad time as the all electric market is evaporating rapidly. There is hope as there may, I say MAY be enough folks who will be turned on by this rather unique performance vehicle. I know if I was an electric vehicle buyer, the Charger would be my choice. Hope these electric fans will be there for Dodge.
As the reality of the car market sets in, it is the Charger Six Pack that could save Dodge, especially the four door, but the investment in that gas powered Charger must come out of the Daytona budget or new dollars from corporate coffers.
I do believe the Hurricane powered Charges will create a new performance chemistry for Dodge, it will be a challenge needing mega dollars, lots of gimmicks and nostalgia for Dodge fans for the legacy set by the beloved Hemi, but that legacy is more than one engine, it’s been captured so clearly in the next generation Charger. Maybe it’s the new wing as we go forward, yes Dodge loyalists.....with “ a wing and a prayer”.

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Reminds me of the active aero on the conceptual Tomahawk X...

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