It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a…..car

 

11 Cars With Some of the Biggest Stock Wings in History
By Michael Schlee

 

Downforce is a key ingredient for any race car. By increasing the pressure on the tires, a car is capable of taking corners faster.

Toyota Supra Twin Turbo

Toyota Supra Twin Turbo

How do you create downforce on a car? Well there are a few different ways, but the most common is to apply a spoiler or a wing to a vehicle.

 

Since spinning out is never fun (when racing at least), applying downforce to a vehicles backend is key. This is why most race cars have some sort of spoiler or wing attached to the rear end.   And since a sports car usually resembles a race car, it’s logical to put them sports cars too.  

 

Where it all went wrong when minivans and SUVs started to sport spoilers is unknown.

 

So anyway, I present to you 11 vehicles that have some of the most ostentatious wings a manufacturer ever grafted to a street legal vehicle. Some are very functional like the 1969 Charger Daytona; some are needed for high speed stability like the earlier Porsche 911’s, while others are purely for cosmetics. 

 

Just be thankful the big wing craze from earlier this decade has died down.

 

You may notice that a lot of supercars with super-sized wings have been left out.  That’s because those cars need those wings for the speeds they obtain.  This post is more about cars whose wings seem out of place on everyday cars (ok, I still threw in two Lambo’s for fun).  Click the cars below to see the vehicles.

 

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3 Responses to It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a…..car

  1. Bill says:

    Remember the early Hyundai Tiburon? Yikes

  2. Michael Schlee says:

    It’s funny you mention that car. I was going to include it, but couldn’t find a good enough picture

  3. Evo says:

    The Fq-400 is gonna blow this all outta the water

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