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Understanding Your Car's Spoiler

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Understanding Your Car's Spoiler

Tracy Dawson
August 8, 2006

Most of car owners today, specially the young ones, always look for updates on exterior components to enhance their car’s appearance.

Probably one of the most significant yet most ignored external part of your car is the spoiler. Other people consider spoilers as devices exclusively made and utilized by sports car. This is because of the fact that spoilers are generally used by high-powered sports car to maintain balance when traveling at great speed. Spoilers are not really intended to be utilized only by sports cars. Other car fanatics can also equip their conventional vehicles with spoilers to have a nice and sporty look on the exterior.

A spoiler is an aerodynamic device optionally attached to a vehicle that is designed to literally ‘spoil’ air movement across the body of a moving vehicle. As a result, the vehicle will have an enhanced stability by decreasing the lift and decreasing drag caused by accelerating at high speeds. The main purpose of the spoiler is to interrupt the air flow going over the car’s body thus reducing the amount of lift generated naturally by the shape of the car. The result is an increased amount of force pushing between the tires to the road surface that provides greater traction. The increased traction enables the moving vehicle to effectively turn, brake, and accelerate with increased stability and control.

There are different types of spoilers depending on their use, location in a vehicle, and the vehicle type. One common type of spoiler is the wing. Usually, wing spoilers are firmly mounted at the rear of a vehicle. The purpose of the wing spoiler is to create down force that provides the car an increased stability when accelerating at high speeds. Another type is the front spoiler, also called the air dam, which is located at the underside of the front bumper. Other spoiler types include tailgate spoilers, truck cap spoilers, and cab spoilers.

Spoilers became more popular nowadays because it provides vehicles a unique and stylish appearance. There are lot of high quality spoilers out in the market today such as Ford spoilers, Toyota spoilers, and Honda spoilers.



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