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View Poll Results: What is your perception of cars with big spoilers/wings? Would you install one?
This looks cool... I will get it. 2 13.33%
Must be Ah Beng's car huh... I won't get it, I'm not Ah Beng. 4 26.67%
Wow, this car can fly... better siam. No, I won't. Mine's a car, not a plane. 1 6.67%
This is an attention seeker. No, the spoiler only add weight and waste my petrol. 2 13.33%
I wish I can have one. No, I won't install as it'll void warranty. 2 13.33%
This guy is crazy. No better money to spend your money? I won't, cos I'm not crazy. 0 0%
It doesn't look good on my car. No, I won't, my wife may use it to hang clothes too. 3 20.00%
Huh? What's a spoiler? In other words, it doesn't bother me. 1 6.67%
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Old 30-Jun-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Question Spoilers & Wings

Do spoilers and/or wings really work? And what's the difference between wings and spoilers, if any? Some people use them interchangeably, and from websites I searched, some said they work in opposite ways, while others didn't state a clear difference...

And what is your perception of those cars with big spoilers/wings? Would you install one yourself?
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Old 30-Jun-2008, 02:19 PM   #2
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Some cars come with big spoilers, so these people won't have much of a choice. I think spoilers only work at high speed.
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Old 01-Jul-2008, 01:23 AM   #3
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Some cars are not suitable to have spoilers or wings installed. They simply look ugly with them on. I think both spoilers and wings only works if the cars are travelling at very high speed, and they help to "press" the car down, so more traction and stability.

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Do spoilers and/or wings really work? And what's the difference between wings and spoilers, if any? Some people use them interchangeably, and from websites I searched, some said they work in opposite ways, while others didn't state a clear difference...

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Old 01-Jul-2008, 01:10 PM   #4
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How high is the "high speed" required? If it's beyond the speed limit, then they are really for show only....
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Old 01-Jul-2008, 03:20 PM   #5
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Do spoilers and/or wings really work? And what's the difference between wings and spoilers, if any? Some people use them interchangeably, and from websites I searched, some said they work in opposite ways, while others didn't state a clear difference...
A wing produces a downward force while a spoiler eliminates the vacuum left behind by disrupting the flow, so reducing the drag.

The wing on a car is actually shaped opposite to that of an airplane, with the longer surface facing downward. By Bernolli's theory, it creates downward force.

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Some cars are not suitable to have spoilers or wings installed. They simply look ugly with them on. I think both spoilers and wings only works if the cars are travelling at very high speed, and they help to "press" the car down, so more traction and stability.
Spoiler has a different function, like the name suggests, it "spoils" the airflow, and create a better drag coefficient for the vehicle.

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How high is the "high speed" required? If it's beyond the speed limit, then they are really for show only....
The speed has to be at least 150km/h for them to be effective if I remember correctly. So IMO, they are useless on S'pore road, unless you are driving the F1 cars.
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Old 01-Jul-2008, 10:00 PM   #6
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Thanks.

What do you mean by "better drag coefficient"? Does it mean less resistence?
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Old 03-Jul-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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And what is your perception of those cars with big spoilers/wings? Would you install one yourself?
You know what my dad says when he sees one? That guy can't afford a plane so bought this car

Try imagine what he'll say if I install one
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Thanks.

What do you mean by "better drag coefficient"? Does it mean less resistence?
Right, less air resistence, because the vacumn is reduced.

So next time when someone tailgate you, don't swear at them, should say thanks instead because a car close behind you help to reduce the vacumn behind your car too, saving you fuel
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You know what my dad says when he sees one? That guy can't afford a plane so bought this car

Try imagine what he'll say if I install one
He'll say, "son, want to become a pilot?"

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Right, less air resistence, because the vacumn is reduced.

So next time when someone tailgate you, don't swear at them, should say thanks instead because a car close behind you help to reduce the vacumn behind your car too, saving you fuel
The one tailgating will also have less air resistence.
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Old 07-Jul-2008, 12:07 PM   #10
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So the conclusion is, in order to save petrol, you should roadhog and tailgate
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