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You Know Those Spoilers On The Back Of Cars [Pic]

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You Know Those Spoilers On The Back Of Cars [Pic]. They were never about better driving performance...
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Vimto
Male, 40-49, Europe
 2352 Posts
Monday, November 12, 2012 8:20:34 AM
I have a spoiler on the back of my car.

It says 'Bruce Willis was a ghost all along."

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:47:15 AM
But even if it is 125 lbs at 70mph, the effect still wouldn't matter in road driving. It would give you something useful if you were cornering on dirt at 70mph in a rally stage, but not in a straight line on a good quality road.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Saturday, November 10, 2012 10:37:59 AM
At 70mph, that particular car, a Subaru Impreza, produces 125lbs of down force due to that wing.

At 120 mph, it's nearly 300lbs!



Do you have any references to tests showing that? Sport Auto magazine put a variety of cars in a wind tunnel at 125mph and the WRX STI they tested generated 25 lbs of downforce at the rear.

auburnjunky
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 9567 Posts
Friday, November 9, 2012 11:47:53 PM
"You're not going to get much at legal road speeds."

This is absolutely true Angillion. At 70mph, that particular car, a Subaru Impreza, produces 125lbs of down force due to that wing.

At 120 mph, it`s nearly 300lbs!

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10534 Posts
Friday, November 9, 2012 10:41:40 PM
im all for not having needless spoilers on cars, but when every single professional rally car has a spoiler similar to that it might just actually do something...


A correctly shaped spoiler will do something...if you're going fast enough.

Well, actually any spoiler will do something - reduce the performance of the car by increasing drag. It`s just that a correctly shaped one will also push the back of the car down, increasing rear wheel grip. The degree of downforce strongly depends on the speed, though. You`re not going to get much at legal road speeds.

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