Ford may be putting its tail between its legs, so to speak.
The system features an extendable tip and actuator. (Ford)
The automaker has filed a patent application for a “retractile tail pipe” designed to make it easier for a vehicle to go off-roading.
This simple patent drawing depicts how the rear departure angle is improved by retracting the tail pipe. (Ford)
The application, first uncovered by CarBuzz, describes an actuator that can retract the tip of a pipes behind the leading edge of the bumper to improve the departure angle on a vehicle, so it’s not dragging behind while driving over rocks.
The Bronco’s tail pipe does not extend beyond the bumper. (Fox News Autos)
Many off-road trucks, like the new Bronco, have short pipes that can affect the sound, which can be enhanced with a longer, larger tip.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor (Ford)
The F-150 Raptor pickup’s pipes are more pronounced and exposed to potential damage.
The filing is no guarantee Ford will put the idea into practice, however, and with the automaker’s coming transition to electric vehicles, it will become less likely with each passing year.