Spoilers... Can any one explain this to me?

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  1. Shyster1

    Shyster1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Just an annoying little question - if stuff like aerodynamics doesn't have to be calculated/taken into account when fitting a spoiler like this to a car like this, does it really do anything (other than add an additional source of drag) other than add some questionable eye-candy?
     
  2. Syndrome

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    Nope, unless your at high speeds(100+) then a spoiler doesn't really do you much good. I'm sure most of the cars on the road that you see that have them are mostly for looks. They can be useful though, but probably not at legal speeds while driving safely(according to the law enforcers).
     
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    There was a VW back in the 1990s - the Corrado, if I remember correctly - that had a little spoiler that came up electronically once your speed got above approx. 45-50 mph. That, apparently, did have some real-world effect, and I can say from personal experience that the V6 version glued itself to the road - I "babysat" one for a friend one summer in college, and I used to tear around the back roads outside of Blacksburg, VA with that thing; there was one vicious little hairpin turn in particular, as you were coming back into town the back way, that this thing would just eat up without leaning or tilting at all.

    In terms of the grotesque and not-so-grotesque whale-tail spoilers I see on a lot of little four-bangers, I would have serious, serious doubts about taking any one of those things up to real speeds (90+) with those things stuck on the back - Lord knows, the thing might start causing uplift rather than downlift at speed.
     
  4. allfiredup

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    What gets me is when someone adds a big spoiler before upgrading the plastic wheel covers! I've seen it on countless Honda Civic LX and various Accord models over the years....and quite a few Toyota Camrys and Corollas with a big wing on back, too! :eek:

    But to each his/her own, who am I to judge? :cool:
     
  5. aan310

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    No... you are allowed to judge that xD
     
  6. Red_Dragon

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    Great memory, you are correct! Also the porsche Cayman AND the 911 have the same thing its pretty cool. I think the Audi TT-S has it too i'll have to check though.
     
  7. Syndrome

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    As does the Bugatti Veyron.
     
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    That is the car I was thinking of.
     
  9. Ferretwulf

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    Don't forget your Front Spoiler:

    [​IMG]

    ;)
     
  10. aan310

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    bahaha that looks sooooo goofy
     
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