Car Spoiler: All show, no go?

Most of us have dreamt of owning a sports car in our childhood. Be it an Italian, a German or an American. If you recall, most of the cars that we dreamt of had something on their trunks. Some extension of sorts. It looked fancy and was either very big or minimal depending on what car you dreamt of. You have seen it on many on real-life cars too. The Suzuki Ciaz has one (as an option). You have seen one on the Hyundai i20, and even on SUVs like Toyota Fortuner. The car spoiler! Almost every car of today has one behind them (except most sedans). Ever wondered what purpose it serves? Or, how many types of spoilers exist? Let me guide you through how many types of car spoilers exist and how they work.

There are 3 types of spoilers

Roof Spoilers: The roof spoilers are installed on the roof of cars. It is more prominent in hatchbacks and SUVs. It is fit to the upper window of the car, just above the glass.

Front Spoiler: The front spoilers, also known as lip spoilers, improve the aerodynamics of the car to increase airflow and reduce drag. They attach to the lip of the front bumper. These lip spoilers are made of fiberglass, carbon fiber or ABS plastic. These divert most of the air to pass through the hood instead of below the car, hence, keeping the car planted t high speeds.

Rear Spoiler: The rear car spoiler comes in various forms and sizes:

  • Lighted rear spoiler: This type of car spoiler houses the additional brake light of the car. This helps in increasing visibility and also helps in giving an aesthetic appeal to the car.

Lighted Rear Spoiler

  • Lip rear spoiler: Lip spoiler is the more subtle option than the other spoilers. It fits on the lip of the trunk and acts as an aesthetic option for the cars.

Lip Car Spoiler

  • Pedestal spoiler: Although famous in the aftermarket world, the pedestal stand comes as standard in many cars such as Ford Mustang GT350. It helps in improving the aesthetics of the car and also improves the driveability of the car.

Pedestal Car Spoiler

  • Whale tail spoiler: This type of spoiler was primarily found on Porsche 911 Turbo in 1975. It helped in reducing lift from the rear portion of the car and also helped in reducing the oversteer during high-speed cornering.

Whale Tail Car Spoiler

  • Ducktail spoiler: It does everything similar to the whale tail spoiler, but it looks like a duck’s tail.

Duck Tail Car Spoiler

Supercars and hypercars nowadays use automatic rear spoiler which activates when the car is traveling at high speeds. They also help in slowing down the pace of the car by acting as “Air Brakes” i.e. they increase the aerodynamic drag.

Reasons you should install one

Now that we know what all types of car spoiler exist out there in the market, let’s discuss what benefit do we achieve from installing such spoilers.

  • Aesthetic appeal: Putting on a car spoiler does look good and increases the overall appeal of the car. It gives a sporty look to the otherwise normal-looking car. Many people install after-market spoilers made of materials like carbon fiber to save weight without compromising on the performance of the car.
  • Aerodynamic drag: Using a spoiler helps in reducing the aerodynamic drag that occurs when the car moves. When the air flows over the car’s roof it produces turbulence behind the car. Adding a car spoiler helps to increase the low-pressure zone formed behind the car and thus, reduces turbulence thereby reducing drag.
  • Downforce: The car spoiler also helps in increasing the weight on the rear of the car. More focused weight is directly proportional to the downforce the car generates. This downforce helps in increasing the grip on the rear tire and prevents lift-off of cars at high speed.

Reasons you shouldn’t install one

All seems very merry after going through the advantages of installing a car spoiler, but, like a coin, there is a flip side to this too. Some of the disadvantages of installing a car spoiler are:

  • Not useful in small cars: I agree that spoilers make your car look aesthetically good and serves a lot of purposes but that is restricted supercars and hypercars only, which account for approximately 8% of the total cars being driven. For the rest of us, it just adds to the look of the car and serves no real purpose whatsoever. You might project yourself as a wannabe if you put all the spoilers as a body kit but your car is a daily driver.
  • Expensive to repair: This point is specifically for the front car spoiler. The traditional front lips on the cars are very cost a lot and are not that easily available.
  • Poor durability: The car spoiler is made of very delicate material and offers no durability whatsoever. A rock or a pothole is all it takes for the spoiler to fall apart. With the road conditions here in India, you might need to change a lot of spoilers that too frequently.

Automen Verdict

Automen doesn’t recommend installing a car spoiler in Indian road conditions. Apart from aesthetic value, there’s no real-world advantage to installing a car spoiler unless you are taking your car to the track!

Well, now you know what a car spoiler is, why you should install one and why you shouldn’t. Also, you have heard our take on the topic too!

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