Technical Tuesday: Active Aero Edition

By | July 19, 2011

Nissan GTR AerodynamicsDuring our visit to the 2008 SEMA show, a certain GTR caught our eye as its rear wing danced a seductive dance of aerodynamic trickery, beckoning us to draw near to find out more. So we did and what we thought was a gimmicky way to draw people into the booth was actually a wind tunnel tested tool for the track!

A company by the name of Aeromotions had strapped their S2 dynamic split wing on the GTR and claimed it helped shave 2 seconds of the standard GTR’s lap time around Buttonwillow. That’s a pretty hefty claim, but the proof is in the pudding, as seen in the video below:

Now, we’re by no means “learned” in the arts of aerodynamics, but we do know that if the right aerodynamic tool is applied at the right time, it can increase a car’s down force therefore increasing traction and speed through a corner. However this additional down force and traction is usually made at the cost of straight line speed. The trick is finding the right combination between the two. That’s where Aeromotion’s S2 wing comes into play with its ability to pop up in a corner and then lay flat in the high speed straight. This helps a car reach its maximum performance, transforming the driver from zero to hero in just one lap. It also just looks cool!

We’re not too sure the S2 wing will help our trusty old GTI that is unless we mounted it over the drive wheels ala Chris Rado style…

Scion TC Front Wing… and that’s not quite the look we’re going for. Maybe we’ll toss one on the Daily Derbi Miata for the next Wide Open Wednesday. Anybody have a couple grand we can borrow?


1 Comment

AJ Wilcox on July 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm.

That is wild! Aside from looking awful, it’s actually an awesome idea. Good job to those guys.

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