Some people maybe curious to ask, what is a spoiler? Aside from it’s aesthetic enhancement in some cars, spoilers perform roles much more than beautifying a car. But what are the functions of this exterior addition? We will take a closer look at this feature to understand and appreciate it’s functions.
Spoilers are commonly fitted on sports cars and high performance cars for aerodynamic purposes which is intended to Spoil unfavorable air movement across a body of a car in motion, usually described as turbulence or drag. Spoilers fitted in front of cars are know as Air Dams.
The weight of a car is the only thing that forces the tyres down onto the ground. At high speed, though the spoilers generate lift, but also because they are inverted, they help to push the car down on the ground preventing the car from acting like a giant wing taking off from the ground and flipping.
The only problem with increasing the weight of a fast car is that it doesn’t help it in turning or handling, when you really need it to grip the road. But spoilers increase the balance to the ground maintaining a ratio of drag and lift to the car. Car designers maximize this ratio such that the car has just enough force to get around the corners, but not so much that they are too slow.
Indeed spoilers are invaluable to the performance of super cars. In the next write up, we will be looking at the functions and importance of Air Dams in relation to Spoilers.