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Cadillac is always at the front of cutting-edge technology, exceptional performance, and striking designs. However, the company supposedly has a new exclusive feature set to take the automotive industry by storm. Cadillac has a unique “no-paint” color option for their vehicles. This revolutionary new feature will enhance the appearance of Cadillac cars and provide practical benefits to drivers. In this article, we will take a closer look at the new “Speedy Velocity Au Naturel” paint.

What is Speedy Velocity Au Naturel?

2022 Cadillac CT5-V gray
2022 Cadillac CT5-V | Cadillac

In an April Fools prank released by GM Authority, Speedy Velocity Au Naturel is a supposed revolutionary paint. It is a body finish technology introduced by Cadillac that is designed to improve vehicle performance, efficiency, and maintenance. This proprietary technology incorporates “nano-no-stick” properties and “baked-in greasing agents”. The goal is to significantly reduce drag coefficients and make the vehicle more aerodynamic. As a result, this innovative body finish enhances vehicle performance.

However, it also improves efficiency by reducing aero drag. Furthermore, the technology allows for “no-wash maintenance,” as any dirt or debris that touches the body panels just falls off. Finally, due to the ultra-slick nature of the finish, Cadillac ships each model equipped with this new technology with two pairs of gloves required to open the vehicle’s doors.

Does paint finish affect aerodynamics?

2023 Cadillac CT4 Blackwing orange
2023 Cadillac CT4 Blackwing | Cadillac

Yes, the paint finish on a car can significantly affect its aerodynamics. When air flows over a vehicle, it encounters resistance that slows the car down and reduces fuel efficiency. A smooth surface that allows air to flow evenly and smoothly over it creates less resistance, resulting in better aerodynamics and improved performance. A rough or uneven surface, on the other hand, can cause turbulence and increase drag, reducing performance and fuel efficiency. This is why automotive manufacturers invest heavily in wind tunnel testing to optimize the design and finish of their vehicles.

Why do some race cars not have paint?

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing on track
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing | Cadillac

Racecars are designed to be as lightweight and aerodynamic as possible, with every aspect of their design to maximize speed and performance. One way to reduce weight and improve aerodynamics is by eliminating paint from the car’s exterior. By doing so, the car’s weight is reduced, and the surface is smoother, allowing air to flow over it more efficiently.

Additionally, racecars often undergo regular maintenance and repairs, which can be costly and time-consuming when dealing with painted surfaces. Removing the paint altogether simplifies the maintenance process, making repairing the car’s exterior easier and faster. Some race teams leave the car’s body panels in their natural state, which is often bare metal, while others apply a clear coat or film to protect the metal from corrosion and damage. Ultimately, deciding to forgo paint on a racecar comes down to a balance of weight, aerodynamics, and practicality in maintenance and repairs.

Should Cadillac actually provide unpainted cars?

In conclusion, the joke of the “Speedy Velocity Au Naturel” body finish could spark a debate about the need for paint on cars. While this theoretical finish provides several benefits, it raises the question of whether Cadillac should provide unpainted vehicles as an option for consumers. Ultimately, the decision to offer unpainted cars would depend on consumer demand and the overall market trends.

However, it is worth noting that removing the paint entirely may only be a feasible option for some consumers as it can increase the risk of corrosion and damage to the car’s body panels. As with any new technology, time will tell whether the “Speedy Velocity Au Naturel” body finish becomes a reality for Cadillac cars.


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