How does a Rear Spoiler work?
Over the past several years, especially kicking up in the last couple of model years – including this one – the industry has been shifting more and more towards a sporty market. Sports cars are present on a number of manufacturers’ lineups, and even non-sports cars are shifting both appearance and mechanically towards sportier versions of themselves. We had that in mind when searching for this week’s How’s This Work topic, and we decided to settle on the rear spoiler.
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What is a rear spoiler?
In terms of aesthetics, the rear spoiler is often one of the first things people think of or notice. In some cars, like the classic Plymouth Superbird, the rear wing – which is similar to but slightly different than a spoiler – is massive and overstated, in others, like the new 2017 Toyota Corolla iM, the spoiler is much smaller and more practical. That’s because even though they do add much to the overall aesthetic of those vehicles like the Superbird and other classic sports cars, they also serve a practical purpose: improved aerodynamics.
The rear spoiler was not initially dreamed up by someone who simply thought it would be cool add something else to the vehicle’s rear end. It was in fact created to – hint, hint – spoil the negative movement of air that sometimes effects a vehicle, especially at increased speeds. Certain airflows can slow a vehicle down or disrupt things even further, thus the spoiler was created to remedy these situations.
So the next time you see an aftermarket vehicle cruising down the street, and you think their rear spoiler is ridiculous… even thought it might look funny, there is a very real reason they decided to install it. And you would likely consider doing something similar if you were interested in increasing your vehicle’s performance.