Aero That Works VS Looks Only
Lets hear it, I'm planning my bodywork for the Elise this winter and the big decision I need to make is if I want to stick with the Exige 2010 style wing (with a carbon fiber center section) or if I want to go with a more race oriented APR style wing.
It makes sense to fill the holes and do the body work now before the car's painted. Changing my mind later and then repainting the back and trying to match the paint would be a much more expensive proposition with the tri coat paint I'm planning.
Different wings produce tangible downforce though, and thats the only aero mod that I think we can all agree is effective if you're using a solid product. Even cheap APR wings create real downfoce too, just maybe more drag compared to better wings.
How about the front splitters, canards, wide side sills, diffusers available for this car? Those seem much more up for debate, and for good reason.
Concrete evidence is basically impossible to come by, because creating a true controlled back to back test just isn't possible for most hobbyists. But I'll take circumstantial evidence, and general input from those that have installed some of these parts.
If they're all pretty much for show, I'm ok with that.. it would be nice though if some of this stuff actually worked on the track too.