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Philip1 05-07-2010 03:38 PM

tossing around the idea of adding a splitter
Casper as you probably know is a race car but I also use it for my commute a few days a week. I am thinking about adding a splitter at the bottom of the airdam. the theory is it will force the air to go either over or under the car and reduce the amount piling up against the front of the car. I have looked at this for some time, what I've seen is a splitter is good for more straight away speed and better cornering. that sounds pretty good to me.

trollbait 05-10-2010 06:57 AM

What little I read on splitters stated they create downforce. The effect pushing the air over the car also pushes down on the splitter. That will improve cornering, but will also increase rolling resistance.

Philip1 05-11-2010 03:08 AM

an extended airdam probably does the same thing and I already have that. Hmmmmm...

GasSavers_BEEF 05-11-2010 04:59 AM

yea, but a splitter looks cool

theholycow 05-11-2010 05:41 AM

I think they look silly.

trollbait 05-11-2010 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by philip1 (Post 151091)
an extended airdam probably does the same thing and I already have that. Hmmmmm...

I don't see how. An airdam is a flat verticle surface, and a splitter is lip at the bottom of that surface. When the flat verticle surface is moving, it pushes the air in front of it. The air pushes back. It just doesn't push back, it pushes in all directions with an equal force. So it is what is pushing the rest of the air over and around the moving surface.

Some will be pushed under, but an extended airdam will limit that. If there is a splitter at the bottom of the airdam, the downward pushing will push on it, creating downforce on the front of the car. A jutting front bumper under a flat grill does act as a splitter. It's why early 80's BMW's look the way they do.

The down force increases traction there and allows for better cornering. It will also increase rolling resistance. Depending on size of the splitter, and average daily speeds, it may have little effect on fuel economy. Any effect on economy will negative though.

Philip1 05-11-2010 01:12 PM

Well this is for the race car so downforce will be a big plus. You should see the rear spoiler on this car it's like a barn door. included below is a photo of said barn door...


I do take this off when I'm driving to and from an event it kills milage.

trollbait 05-12-2010 06:07 AM

Definite plus for racing. Removable, like the spoiler, would also be a plus to avoid a hit a fuel economy getting to the event.

Philip1 05-12-2010 05:42 PM

I'm looking to see if dzutz fasteners will handle the force and fit in my budget.

Last race weekend I managed 27mpg including 14 laps at max power

Philip1 05-14-2010 04:36 PM

here is one of those laps


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