Cars come with all sorts of different grilles, with aesthetic designs featuring lean lines or wide intakes that help to define a car's style. Custom grilles can make a car look aggressive, or stylish, or even downright weird. But the function of a car grille is an important consideration when choosing a custom option - can they actually improve vehicle performance?
What Is The Purpose Of Car Grilles?
While a grille's aesthetic is certainly an important factor, every grille plays an essential role in cooling the engine, specifically the radiator. Without a means of maintaining air flow to the engine compartment, there is a major risk of overheating. Although many modern cars can get sufficient air circulation through vents on the underside of the vehicle, it is more effective and, frankly, cooler to have a grille at the front.
So, while the grille does play an important function, there is plenty of scope to vary its look. Any brief study of cars through the ages will show you that the grille can be a defining factor of a car's style.
How New Grille Technology Can Improve Performance
While grilles come in many shapes and sizes, some technology associated with them can actually improve a car's performance. Many modern cars have aerodynamic technology that will shut off some of the grille grating when the car is being driven at its highest speeds. This serves to reduce drag and improve the aerodynamic air flow.
Other vehicles are designed with elite performance trims that facilitate optimal airflow through paths built into the car bonnet. This enables air to pass easily through the engine and out again in such a way that the car can maintain a tight hold on the track whilst efficiently cooling the radiator.
Will A Custom Grille Affect Retail Value?
Custom grilles have an appeal for a particular market, as well as providing functionality. As well as the obvious factors of preventing overheating and improving ventilation to remove debris, some grilles aid with safety in the event of a collision. Others protect the body of a vehicle when taking part in off-road activities, particularly rock crawling. Functional, specialist grilles can improve a car's value because they add extra appeal for certain drivers; but they may also limit the potential customer base, as not everyone will be interested.
A custom grille is a great aftermarket modification for a vehicle. As long as you know precisely what effect you want your grille to achieve, you can improve the appearance of your vehicle, enhance certain functionalities, and improve its market value for a particular customer base. With Zunsport, you can have the best custom grilles in the business.