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What are the engineers at Ford up to these days? Just sticking duct tape to random surfaces on a car and praying it goes faster. O.K., so it’s a little more technical than that, but it’s super entertaining to think of a bunch of gear heads raising their hopes at the sound of each “rip” of tape.

According to CarBuzz, Ford engineers Mike Del Zio and Jonathon Gesek were looking at the new 2018 Mustang, seeking ways to make the car faster and more agile in corners.

The car was performing fine in wind tunnel tests, but the engineers knew that they could get more out of the car in the real world. So they took out a roll of tape and went at the car’s grille. The change improved handling and tacked on an added 5.6 percent bonus in fuel efficiency. Eventually, Zio and Gesek’s strip of tape resulted in a reworked front splitter and lower front end. The tangible result was a fuel mileage increase of 5.6% and 3% less drag overall.


Never underestimate the power of duct tape.

Related: The 2018 Ford Mustang has a fascinating new feature

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