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PostSubject: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 16th 2013, 5:10 pm

2014 GMC Sierra Regular Cab Revealed







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Despite initially launching in just the Crew Cab configuration, the lineup of 2014 GMC Sierra and 2014 Chevrolet Silverado trucks will eventually grow to include three cab sizes and three bed lengths. Oddly enough, our first look at the Regular Cab bodystyle has arrived in a General Motors press release discussing the aerodynamics of the new truck, with an image showing a Sierra Regular Cab testing in the wind tunnel. GMC's website says that Regular Cab and Double Cab models will be available by summer.



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PRESS RELEASE

GMC Pickups 101: Busting Myths of Truck Aerodynamics

2014 Sierra gains fuel economy, quietness from time in wind tunnel

DETROIT – The all-new 2014 Sierra full-size pickup truck spent more development time in a wind tunnel than any GMC pickup before it, resulting in design changes that benefit both fuel efficiency and interior quietness.

To achieve improved airflow, aerodynamic engineers like Diane Bloch examined every millimeter of the truck to find areas of improvement, debunking some popular myths along the way.

To study the way air passes over, under and around the Sierra, engineers used General Motors' state-of-the-art Aerodynamics Lab, a 750-foot-long tunnel through which a 43-foot-diameter fan powered by a DC electric motor with the equivalent of 4,500 horsepower can generate winds of up to 138 mph. Aerodynamic advancement is one reason why the 2014 Sierra will be the most fuel-efficient V-8 pickup on the market.

"We can't stop air; we can only guide it through the path of least resistance. It's like electricity, without the shock," said Bloch, GM aerodynamic performance engineer. "The biggest misconception is that it's all about single components. But a certain side mirror design doesn't create a certain amount of drag, its interaction with the rest of the vehicle does."

For example, a new air dam below the 2014 Sierra's front bumper successfully reduces drag because it directs air toward the ground and away from the truck's rough underbody. And Sierra's ducted flow path between the grille and radiator prevents air from swirling inside the truck's front cavities.

Even the top of the Sierra's tailgate and the center high-mounted stop light are optimized to guide air cleanly around the truck. And because Bloch's team detected unwanted airflow between the cab and bed, new sealing has been added.

"We discovered that in the computational analysis we perform," said Bloch. "The most harmful air between the cab and bed was coming over the cab and down through the gap, so we paid the most attention to that specific area."

The pickup market has a great number of available aftermarket accessories, and Bloch says those have varying impact on aerodynamics. Add-ons like bug deflectors on the hood, wider tires or aftermarket bumpers can raise the drag coefficient, which is the measure of how air pushes on a vehicle as it moves down the road. The result: added noise and increased fuel consumption.

A long-disputed topic among truck owners is whether a tailgate raised or lowered is better for aerodynamics, but Bloch says a tailgate in the up position is more aerodynamically efficient. As air flows over the truck, it falls over the cab and pushes forward on the rear of the truck. With the tailgate down, the benefits of that airflow are diminished.

"Replacing the tailgate with an aftermarket net is worse than having no tailgate at all," Bloch said. "Imagine dragging a solid object and a fishing net through water. The net is going to require more muscle."

So what accessories can truck owners add to help aerodynamics? Tonneau covers for the bed help smooth airflow over the truck, and Bloch says soft covers are more beneficial than hard covers because they form to how the air wants to flow. Running boards can also help air flow smoothly down the truck's sides.

"Round, tube-style running boards can provide a minor improvement to the truck's drag coefficient," said Bloch, "Fully integrated, flush-mount running boards are even better."


Source: General Motors via AutoBlog
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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 17th 2013, 11:52 am

what is the deal with those dent things in the fender above the wheel wells??

so square, ughh. I don't know about that

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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 17th 2013, 4:56 pm

Breathing Borla wrote:
what is the deal with those dent things in the fender above the wheel wells??

so square, ughh. I don't know about that

I don't mind those crease lines at all actually. At least it's a little different from the other manufacturers. Really like the Sierra front end (grill, headlights, bumper)... the Silvy? Not so much!
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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 17th 2013, 10:25 pm

ya, it's way better than the silvy, no doubt. I would like to see one in person.

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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 18th 2013, 9:07 pm

Breathing Borla wrote:
what is the deal with those dent things in the fender above the wheel wells??

so square, ughh. I don't know about that



I think they have something to do with the smoke test, but I could be wrong.

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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 18th 2013, 11:36 pm

The wheel well dents are bizarre looking. Maybe it adds some sheet metal strength and tries to add a chiseled appearance.
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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 19th 2013, 11:19 am

Are we talking about the fender flared or the tape on the fenders. The metal creasing makes it stronger so they can cheap out and use thinner sheet metal.

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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 20th 2013, 10:43 am

I'm attracted to the fender graphic, conveying an industrial toughness. Ford does the similar with its fenders exception the Ford graphic is round. I like the GMC execution more so than the Chevy, but after seeing the Chevy in a few videos now, I'm starting to get it.
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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 21st 2013, 2:23 pm

I like the cool looking turn table it is sitting on.

Wonder how fast the meter spins on that DC motor?

Still meh on the design.
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PostSubject: Re: '14 Sierra reg cab   May 21st 2013, 3:37 pm

The GMC grill has resemblance to an F250 .

I hope manufacturers start using brighter headlamps.
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