Is there any real benefit to adding a rear wing to a front wheel drive car?
A little historical perspective on FWD racing. It started in the 70's with showroom stock classes in SCCA and NASA. The attraction was cheap cars with abundant parts available. Surprisingly, some real race car drivers found racing FWD cars to be fun and challenging and there has been steady growth of FWD racing ever since. The Speed Challenge series being the most visible segment. I think the Realtime TSX's and RSX's and Mazda Speed 6's are real race cars and PD Cunningham, Pierre Klienubing, and Randy Pobst are real race car drivers. And yes they have funtional wings.Does anyone else appreciate the irony of "FWD race car"?
The aftermarket wings added to most FWD cars by the ricer crowd have no real performance benefit. In fact, the car will likely be slower because of the additional drag.
and a good wing will make the car slower in a straight line.. which is ironically really the only thing most of them care about.
Around here they are called "West Virginia Air Brakes." (No offense intended to the folks from WVa ).
I have been trying to figure out if this was pure stupidity, or if there really was a reason for angling it that way. I'm leaning towards stupidity.
I do laugh when i see a rear wing on a FWD car with nothing to balance it out up front.