A significant factor in the design of a car is its grill. It’s usually located behind the front bumper, and it looks like an iron fence. There are many reasons why cars have grills, but here are the top three:
Accidents happen, and sometimes the car gets into a collision. The grill of vehicles keeps all the broken glass, mirrors, and other parts from entering the interior portion of the car while also giving it a cool look. Here are five reasons as to why do cars have grills.
1. Cooling the Engine
A vehicle’s need ventilation to prevent overheating; the grills provide those ventilations. The radiator, which regulates the soft inside of your car, creates excess heat that needs to go somewhere and that somewhere is out through these vents (grills). The engine will function better and won’t be damaged because it stays at an optimal temperature. So, not only do they keep the temperature of your car cool, but they also help in the proper working of your engine.
These grills help with aerodynamics which is perhaps their most important function. Air always moves along surfaces so that any obstruction will cause turbulence in this flow, and it decreases fuel efficiency.
A car’s grill can actual direct airflow along the vehicle, rather than it hitting a “brick wall”, which ultimately results in better gas mileage because there’s less resistance against it while traveling at higher speeds. Also, when the air flows over the hood and then enters through the grills, it reduces drag, essential for a car.
3. Manufacturer branding
Car’s grills come in different styles and colors depending on the car brand and model itself. They make your vehicle look cool and stylish.
Manufacturer’s used to hide the grills lower down on the vehicle, however over time they figured out that they could actually turn them into a styling point that sets them apart from the competition.
Some great examples of this would be BMW with their kidney grill (that is slowly getting bigger and bigger), or Alpha Romeo with their distinct styling on the front end.
Sure, you can achieve some branding for your vehicle by making a distinct grill. However it also can play a big part in the aesthetics of the vehicle! If you are looking to create a car with a sleek design, you might make the grill smaller. Or, in the case of most modern manufacturers, the larger the grill the better!
When you make a grill larger and more edgy, it creates a more muscular look to the vehicle. I’m looking at you Lexus and Toyota!
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Why do electric cars have grills?
Most of the functional portions of a grill come down to cooling of the vehicle’s engine, but what happens when an electric vehicle has a grill? They don’t have engines right?
That is correct, however people have gotten so used to cars having grills that they would be less likely to own a vehicle without a grill.
A great example is Tesla, where when they first launched the Model S, it had a huge grill on it! Once people got used to it, they have slowly made that grill smaller and smaller.
So here are four reasons as to why cars have grills. Think about it the next time you see these excellent-looking additions on your car; they work for more than one purpose.
This grill is responsible for allowing airflow into the car engine even when moving at high speeds. If you look closely, you’ll notice that there are many skinny holes on the car’s grills. These holes are just large enough to allow airflow to enter into the vehicle but not big enough for any animals or objects to get through the grill into the engine’s fan blades.
This way, cars will run smoothly and can even last longer without having problems concerning their engines.
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In conclusion, grills serve many purposes, from aerodynamics to engine cooling to protection from external damage, which is why they’ve become a standard feature on almost all cars nowadays.