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air dam

n.
A metal or plastic barrier extending down from the front bumper of a motor vehicle and intended to enhance aerodynamics and stability by blocking the flow of turbulent air under the chassis.

air dam

n
(Automotive Engineering) any device, such as a spoiler, that reduces air resistance and increases the stability of a car, aircraft, etc

air′ dam`


n.
a spoiler mounted at the front of an automobile that reduces air flow on the underside of the chassis to increase stability.
[1960–65]
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The model features a restyled front end with sleeker headlamps and chrome highlights in the grille, a reworked air dam with a skid plate, larger fog lamps and a newly-designed rocker panel.
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The car whose pictures have already leaked online looks sporty and front fascia features a slim and sleek chrome-finished grille, a large air dam, redesigned fog lamp housings and projector beam headlamps which should be the first in its segment.
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The MG6 BTCC Edition has a matt black roof and 18-inch alloy wheels with black gloss sills, door mirror covers, lower front air dam, rear bumper and rear spoiler and the choice of Arctic White or Union Blue paint finishes.
Visually, the new cabrio has all the classic GTI design cues like a honeycomb radiator grille with red edging and GTI badge, while the front bumper boasts a deep air dam and vertical foglights.
The dynamic front grille has been integrated into a gaping air dam to maximum effect.
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The plastic air dam (aka "spoiler") that's broken or missing wasn't just for a sporty look.
One caution: You'll want to familiarize yourself with BMW's sophisticated iDrive system before you hit the pavement, Also, speed bumps, cement parking stops, and even some driveways--ahem--will scrape the 330i's very low front air dam.
With more bulges than Arnold Schwarzenegger, massive front air dam, brake cooling ducts on front and rear arches and a boot-mounted rear wing, it's the most aggressive-looking CLK ever.
The revised front end has prominent dual-barrel headlamp clusters, a new grille and a large front air dam with fog lamps.