F L A I R - the name is a combination of the words "fluid" and "air" - highlights the fluidic properties of air which can be used to govern a vehicle’s dynamic.
The aerodynamic theme, begun with a study on forces turbine-assisted (Sensiva 1994), extends research on the lower and, in particular, the rear areas of the car.
We obtained excellent Cd values and higly effective bracking which uses unique air brakes. Fioravanti has added a classic, Italian coupè: a smooth 2+2, wich will flow through the air, exploiting its elemental energy for braking, thereby reducing fuel consuption figures.
The engineers concentrated much of ther attention on optimising surfaces and seams in the research phases and it is bordered on the lower edge by a profile engineered to supply downforce.
The air brake concept is wellknown in qerodynamic but is applied almost exclusively to aircraft alone, examples in the automotive sector being extremely rare. Nowadays, thanks to electronics and sensor such devices can be used appropriately and effectively.
Above certain speeds, depressing the brake pedal automaticaly activates the air brakes and only after this are the traditional brakes activated. Braking is more "natural" as a conseguence, especially when slowing, rather than stopping, the car.
The upper air brake consists of a rigid plane whic lies perfectly flush inside the trailing edge of the roof until activated during braking, when it is raised to an almost vertical position.
The lower air brake consists of a wing profile which rotates into minimum and maximum resistance positions during braking.
The rear of the car is framed by a slim, hight-intensity, luminous strip housing all the lighting and signalling systems. In place of door mirrors thare are two TV cameras which provide a rearward view, thereby increasing aerodynamic efficiency, reducing noise and giving a less aggressive shape.
The 1996 Turin show will be remembered as the year of the Fiat Bravo and Brava.
Among 25 concept cars debuting at the show, 17 are based on the new Fiat models. Of the 17, ten are 'official' - sponsored by Fiat and displayed as a group
- and seven are 'unofficial.'
The 'official' section includes five coupes, two compact minivans, a four-door pick-up, a recreational vehicle and a special taxi.
FIORAVANTI FLAIR - This Bravo HGT-based coupe has clean and simple lines. The stylish rear wing, very low, underlines a study of the under platform aerodynamic, which took to a drag coefficient of 0.18 and a top speed of 265 kph with the same engine of the production Bravo HGT.