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Ok, so we have downforce... what about lift?

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by utn, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. utn

    utn Member

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    This is just something that popped into my mind earlier today (I'm sure someone else has thought about it). So what do you get with down force, better handling at high speeds, better traction, better stopping distances and lower MPG. That's what I was thinking about, MPG (miles per gallon.. duh :p ) So what if you added lift to your car? Mount rear and front spoilers that add lift to your car and effectively reduce the weight of your car at high speeds, if enough lift is acquired. Sure it would ruin your handling and stability, but would this increase your mileage? Lets say a 2000+ mile road trip from California to Florida on the I-10. I have no plans or ambition to actually test this out, but I was just curious.

    What do you guys think?

    -Scott
     
  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    you will still be creating significant drag, so the milage will most likely still be lower

    up your tire pressure for the trip.... that helps quite a bit
    i run my insight's tires at 55psi
     
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    CiViC_SOHC Senior Member

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    go ahead over inflat them but you will be needing new tires when you get back due to the wear of them riding OVERINFLATED! bad idea!
     
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    E_solsi is right, weather you push up or down your drag will increase thus reducing mileage. Consider a neutral set up.

    Unless of course you have a wind tunnel to alter the areodynamics of your car.
     
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    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    The weight of the car going down the road doesnt make much difference, the aerodynamics do.. Sure downforce causes drag, but so would lift. If you could make it neutral, however, I could see you gaining a little mpg.. In theory.
     
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