Thule, world’s leading roof racks maker and frontline engineering and design company, has introduced an all-new roof rack system – the Wingbar Evo – a product range designed to keep abreast of the ongoing evolution of the motor car and continue to meet motoring consumers’ changing needs.
Unveiled at Automechanika in September, it represents Thule’s single biggest research and development project ever and will be rolled out over the next two years.
In local stores from mid-November, the Evo will be available initially for fitment to vehicles with raised roof rails, with mounting hardware (or foot packs) for other attachment formats being added all the way through until late 2020. An Evo Edge version will be added in 2019.
The objective is to eventually offer a fitment solution for every car on the market. Swedish-made Thule already offers more vehicle fits than any competitor and the intention is to maintain that advantage.
The Evo is designed with one broad objective: to enable motorists to load virtually anything on the roof of a car and carry it safely and stylishly.
Accessories are secured to the Thule cross bars via the traditional T-Track slide, but now accessed by the SwingBlade end cap, which flips up to allow for easier and faster installation and removal of accessories such as bike or kayak carriers. Load capacity for the Raised Rail version is an impressive 100 kilograms – a number which is City Crash Tested and TüV approved. Other versions are rated to 75 kilograms but in all instances, mounting security is assured and thanks to the torque limiter key which clicks once the correct tension is reached. This makes over-tightening impossible.
The rubber strip which covers the T-Track incorporates a wind diffuser on the leading edge, reducing noise and minimizing drag for minimal impact on fuel economy. A new design also eliminates the need to cut or pierce sections of the rubber strip where the T-bolts are positioned.
One of versions of the Evo in the pipeline is named – appropriately – the Clamp and features a new, patented, attachment technology. This allows for a single attachment point which secures both the foot to the roof and the system to the car – an industry first.
Thule’s first ski carrier was introduced in 1962, with the iconic “Thule Rapid System” launched in 1996, followed by the Wingbar in 2011 and the Wingbar Edge in 2013. Thule is a global leader in roof racks and is at the forefront of engineering and design. The Evo represents more than 55 years of perfecting how best to carry lifestyle accessories on the roof of a car.