Aero Clad bumper technology undergoes fuel efficiency tests; results in white paper

Sept. 4, 2013

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim has released test results in a white paper proving that Aero Clad bumper technology addresses the industry call for lightweight metal material, mirror-like finish, and increased ground clearance while offering fuel efficiencies similar to their plastic counterparts.

The company commissioned two SAE J1321 Type II fuel consumption tests to prove once and for all that a metal bumper could provide the look, durability, and ground clearance desired while not degrading consumption of fuel on a given vehicle. Each fuel consumption test used identical vehicles with one variable, a control vehicle with a factory supplied plastic bumper to provide a baseline, and test vehicles using Aero Clad bumpers. Two separate tests were run in spring and fall 2012; both were run on two popular industry vehicles.

Results of the independent tests concluded that the replacement of the factory bumper with the Hendrickson Aero Clad product produced no adverse effect on fuel consumption.

Proprietary to Hendrickson, Aero Clad material is a combination of aluminum and stainless steel that is formed through molecular bonding of the two metals. The result is a mirror-like material that is 10 times thicker than chrome plating, nearly half the weight of traditional metal bumpers, and exhibits corrosion resistance to chipping, cracking, and peeling found in traditional chrome products. Aero Clad technology is available on several popular truck models and carries a five-year limited warranty.

For additional information on bumpers made using Aero Clad or to view a complete copy of the white paper titled Fuel Consumption Testing Proves Aero Clad Bumper Technology Offers Fuel Efficiency Without Compromise, contact 800-356-6737 or

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