Posted on: 21 April 2015
A car is not only a mode of transportation; it is also a reflection of your personality. Or at least a car can be a reflection of who you are. If you buy a car straight from the manufacturer, you will get a car that looks and functions like thousands of other cars on the road. By adding aftermarket parts, you can make your car look and perform like a finely tuned driving machine.
Vehicle Geometry and Lift
A car is shaped similarly to an aircraft's wing. As you drive your car, the speed will cause air to flow over your car and create decreased pressure over your car, this can lead your car to start to lift off the road. As you lose traction, you will also lose control.
A Front Air Dam
Every car's bumper will have channels built into it that will direct air toward your engine to help cool it. When you install an air dam, the shape of the air dam is designed to create downforce. By changing the flow of air around your car, the air dam will create suction which will help to keep your car stuck to the road.
An air dam will generate some downforce, but it will not necessarily create all the downforce you need. A spoiler is shaped like an upside-down wing. Thus, as air flows over your spoiler, it will create downforce.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
The spoilers and air dams on an Indy car can create so much downforce that the cars would actually stick to the road even if they went completely upside down. While downforce can be a good thing, too much downforce will create drag, which will slow your car down. In order to make sure you get just the right amount of downforce without slowing your car down, you need to make sure your you have the right size and shape of air dam and spoiler.
Rather than simply going online and buying a cool-looking spoiler for your car, you should take your car to an auto body shop. The experts there will be able to help you find just the right aftermarket parts to dress your car up. Not only will they be able to help you find the right equipment, but they will be able to install it professionally so that it does exactly what it is supposed to. To learn more, contact Clint's Body Shop & Rental Cars.Share