September 21, 2023


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Ford patents gullwing door design for SUVs

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The gullwing door originated with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL however has been copied a number of instances. This time it is Ford that’s considering gullwing doorways for future autos.

First noticed by Motor1, a Ford patent software title “aspect door for a car” was printed by the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) Apr. 20, 2023 after being filed in October 2021. It describes a brand new type of gullwing door design, with an SUV used for example it.

Ford gullwing door patent image

Ford gullwing door patent picture

The Tesla Mannequin X options the automaker’s personal model of gullwing doorways, which it calls falcon doorways, however Ford’s idea is a bit totally different. The place the Mannequin X has standard entrance doorways and rear falcon doorways, the patent software reveals one large gullwing door for the passenger’s aspect of the car, with a traditional door for the motive force.

This uneven association seems to be a consequence of the door’s form. The Mannequin X has a number of hinged sections that enable its doorways to open kind of straight up. Ford’s model solely hinges alongside the roof centerline, making a clamshell form that includes a part of the roof into the door.

Ford gullwing door patent image

Ford gullwing door patent picture

One potential good thing about a gullwing door design for SUVs is a much bigger opening, making it simpler for passengers to get out and in. The drawings additionally seem to indicate the movable in-vehicle desk from one other latest Ford patent submitting, a mixture that might make for an excellent tailgating setup.

As with all patent purposes, although, there isn’t any assure that this gullwing door design will attain manufacturing. If nothing else, the {hardware} for such a door would most likely be fairly advanced, which might trigger reliability points. That is one thing Tesla came upon the onerous means with its setup (which could clarify why they have been restricted to the Mannequin X), as did DeLorean and Bricklin with their gullwing sports activities vehicles earlier than it.

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