What Difference Does the Height of a Wing Make
Ever wonder why people put such high wings on their cars? No, it’s not to make their cars to look like shopping carts. Race cars utilize high pedestal for their wings because they are positioning their wing in an area where “clean air” is located.
Clean air is basically the area of air that is flowing smoothly around a moving car. When a car goes forward, it is displacing air around itself. In the front of the car, high pressure builds up because more air molecules are being compressed from the cars front bumper and the forward motion of the car. Conversely, the rear portion of the car has low pressure because the car has displaced air molecules from the forward motion of the car. This causes a vacuum effect in the rear portion of the car. No clean air is flowing to this vacuum.
A wing can only produce downforce if it is being affected by a clean air flow. If a wing is located in the rear vacuum of a car, it has no chance of utilizing the clean air flow to produce downforce. So which wing height is best for your car? Below is a breakdown of different car styles that can help you choose which height is best for you.
Coupes and Fastbacks/Liftbacks
Hatchbacks and Wagons
Many of APR’s wings come in different sizes and heights. To see a complete listing of our wings and their different sizes and dimensions, please click here. Already have an APR wing and want to change the height of it? Take a look at our listing of 10mm base stands.