Magna develops morphing surfaces tech, opens new frontiers in automotive design

Enabling advanced aero and cooling performance, Morphing Surfaces technology claimed to seamlessly integrate shape-changing body components into advanced vehicle exteriors.

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Building on its expertise in producing millions of active aerodynamic systems for automakers, Magna International has introduced Morphing Surfaces, the next generation vehicle exterior solution that further increases efficiency while enhancing design. Enabling advanced aero and cooling performance, the technology can seamlessly integrate shape-changing body components into advanced vehicle exteriors.

According to Magna, “Morphing Surfaces technology is a paradigm shift beyond today’s active shutters, panels and grilles. It employs active ‘bendable’ surfaces that can be designed to visually blend into a vehicle’s body while opening or closing to optimise cooling, venting or aerodynamics when required. This creates more possibilities for vehicle designers to balance aesthetics and aero performance in future vehicles.”

Opportunity to reduce drag, offers 5% range extension for EVs
Morphing Surfaces offers a compelling opportunity to reduce drag on all vehicles, especially electric. For example, depending on the vehicle, a typical application could achieve up to a 10% reduction in drag resulting in up to a 5% range extension in electric vehicles without foregoing the sleek, clean designs prized by modern automotive designers and customers.

“Morphing Surfaces exemplifies the way Magna looks beyond today’s offerings and imagines what is possible around future vehicle designs,” said Grahame Burrow, Global President of Magna Exteriors. “Magna is uniquely positioned to turn this vision into reality thanks to our extensive experience developing a suite of aerodynamic solutions and our systems approach to integration of advanced technology into vehicles.”

Morphing can go in numerous directions, directions which Magna says it is still exploring, and the goal does not just stop at aerodynamics.

Morphing Surfaces will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2023.


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