Star retractable exhaust tips in new Ford patent
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Don’t worry, the “where’s the problem, we’ve got a solution” team at Ford have apparently been busy figuring out a way to get your truck’s tailpipes out of the way.
- Well, at least retract into the safety of the back of the truck when off-roading, for example, to allow for better teeing angles.
- The idea is called ETRM, for “exhaust tip retraction module”, and it appears in a application Ford has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
It’s crazy what some people are going to hang on the rear bumper of their truck. A new Ford patent shows that weird ideas can be part of the back of a truck. Say hello to the retractable exhaust pipe.
While this sort of chrome turtle head has garnered its share of ridicule online, it’s not like having an exhaust tip that doesn’t protrude that far is a worthless idea. Especially when installed on a truck that is going to spend time off-road, thinking about starting angles is an interesting experience. Ford’s patent even states that a system like this “reduces the likelihood of vehicle exhaust pipes coming into contact with the ground surface in off-road conditions.”
Ford calls this invention the “exhaust tip retraction module” or ETRM. The idea here, as Ford is very careful to point out in its patent application, which was published earlier in October, is not just to lengthen the tailpipe, but to retract it to protect it. The ETRM “allows the tailpipes to be retracted a certain length in off-road mode in order to remove the tailpipes and change the limiting component to become a rear bumper instead of the tips “, indicates the application. , after talking about two other similar patents for retractable tailpipes that didn’t solve the off-road problem. Ford really thinks this fixes a problem here.
What are the benefits of an exhaust pipe that moves instead of just building the exhaust system so the tips don’t stick out in the first place? you might ask. The obvious answer is that Ford knows how worried some truck drivers are about how they might appear to the outside world if their tailpipes don’t come out. Or, in Ford’s words, “the application of this system does not interfere with the appearance, style or aesthetics of a vehicle.”
Ford’s ETRM patent has been filed in the United States and Europe, according to CarBuzz, which first surfaced in the app, so if Ford ever wants to build an actual ETRM, it could do so in both markets. It should be noted, however, that many European cars have false tailpipes due to insurance policies. If the tailpipes are too close to the rear bumper, a small accident in the rear can cost more if the exhaust system is damaged.
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