He was older, though, and had his share of impeccably maintained sports cars and belonged to the local Lotus club I was in, so I trusted that it was done with some forethought. I'm not sure where the 40MPH bit comes from, is it some TCL meme reference that I missed?
Personally I think it looks better, and if someone questions my tastes I can cite my sources now
A couple things that the article doesn't really take into account. SMALL aero deviced don't work until you're going fast, true, But, like a Piper Cub can FLY at 25 mph, LARGER aero devices work at lower speeds. In fact, the lower the speed you need the device to work at, the larger it needs to be in relation to the mass it's working on.
All those ricers with big wings aren't putting those big wings on because they are going fast, but because they are going slow.
To be serious for a moment, drive at 60 mph, and put your hand out the window like a wing and angle it up or down. Feel what the wind does to push it around? That's only a few square inches at a fairly low speed. Aero devices are working at this speed in much the same manner, and why they still work on street cars.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
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I like that graphic showing the E36 with and without lip.
I've been strongly considering buying this lip...it just seems so functional
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