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SmartTruck announces new top fairing to manage tractor-trailer gap

SmartTruck, an aerodynamic-efficiency solutions provider, introduced its LeadEdge Top Fairing, a new aerodynamic trailer fairing designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between tractor and trailer, or between two tandem trailers. The suggested MSRP for the new device is $429.

“This new patent-pending product addresses this problem area of the trailer in a completely new and different way from other current industry solutions,” said Stephen S. Ingham, Jr., SmartTruck CEO. “LeadEdge is the first solution that creates lift to reduce drag.”

Like other components in Smart Truck’s portfolio, the LeadEdge increases long-haul truck fuel efficiency: a 2% improvement as a stand-alone, and an incremental improvement in fuel economy when combined with aerodynamic systems addressing drag in other parts of the trailer.

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For fleets operating tandem trailers, SmartTruck says the LeadEdge Top Fairing’s return on investment is short.

“Tandem trailers face a unique aerodynamic challenge,” said Ingham. “They need to ensure than any efficiency components added to trailers do not obstruct or interfere with pup operations.”

The LeadEdge Top Fairing was designed and optimized using sophisticated Computational Fluid Dynamics. Predicted performance metrics were subsequently validated through rigorous coast down testing. Live tandem fleet testing is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.

SmartTruck also announced it will be consolidating its trailer efficiency solutions portfolio to make it easier for customers to choose and purchase the products that are right for their needs. Beginning October 19, the company will sell and distribute its EPA SmartWay Verified and CARB-compliant aero systems in three branded configurations:

  • The former UT1 will now be named “Classic Aero System”
  • The UT6+ will now be named “Premier Aero System”
  • TopKit will now be named “TopKit Aero System”

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Jeff Crissey is the Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal. In his role, Crissey is responsible for maintaining the excellent print editorial product, improving online audience development and increasing CCJ readers’ knowledge of business and safety-related industry issues. Crissey holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and has been a member of Randall-Reilly Publishing’s editorial staff for 14 years, where his coverage of industry topics has earned numerous regional and national awards over the years.