Shell plans to launch a starship. Shell Lubricants and former race car driver Bob Sliwa are teaming up to design a unique truck concept. The design will be a tractor and trailer joined together in a cutting edge creation called the Starship
“This just a great opportunity to help an industry innovator…The ultimate vision was very intriguing…Where he is going is not that safe space we are all used to,” Waterman said.
Shell Plans To Launch A Starship
This new single integrated unit tackles aerodynamic drag and loss of efficiency. The drag and loss occur because of the gap between the tractor and the trailer.
As a former race car driver, Sliwa’s passion for pushing the fuel efficiency envelope on truck design dates back more than three decades when he built one of the very first highly aerodynamic and fuel efficient Class 8 trucks in the world in 1983. The truck included an aerodynamic hood and side fairings long before they became commonplace in the industry. That truck averaged 10.54 mpg, Sliwa said.
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