Car Aerodynamics Basics, How-To & Design Tips ~ FREE! (2022)

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Aerodynamics is the science of how air flows around and inside objects. More generally, it can be labeled “Fluid Dynamics” because air is really just a very thin type of fluid. Above slow speeds, the air flow around and through a vehicle begins to have a more pronounced effect on the acceleration, top speed, fuel efficiency and handling.

Therefore, to build the best possible car we need to understand and optimize how the air flows around and through the body, its openings and its aerodynamic devices.

Aerodynamic Principles

Drag

No matter how slowly a car is going, it takes some energy to move the car through the air. This energy is used to overcome a force called Drag.

Drag, in vehicle aerodynamics, is comprised primarily of three forces:

  1. Frontal pressure, or the effect created by a vehicle body pushing air out of the way.
  2. Rear vacuum, or the effect created by air not being able to fill the hole left by the vehicle body.
  3. Boundary layer, or the effect of friction created by slow moving air at the surface of the vehicle body.

Between these three forces, we can describe most of the interactions of the airflow with a vehicle body.

Frontal Pressure

Frontal pressure is caused by the air attempting to flow around the front of the vehicle as shown in diagram D1 below.

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Diagram D1. Frontal Pressure is a form of drag where the vehicle must push air molecules out of the way as it travels through the air.

As millions of air molecules approach the front of the car, they begin to compress, and in doing so raise the air pressure in front of the car. At the same time, the air molecules travelling along the sides of the car are at atmospheric pressure, a lower pressure compared to the molecules at the front of the car.

Just like an air tank, if the valve to the lower pressure atmosphere outside the tank is opened, the air molecules will naturally flow to the lower pressure area, eventually equalizing the pressure inside and outside the tank. The same rules apply to any vehicle. The compressed molecules of air naturally seek a way out of the high pressure zone in front of the vehicle, and they find it around the sides, top and bottom of the vehicle as demonstrated in diagram D1.

Rear Vacuum

Rear vacuum is caused by the “hole” left in the air as a vehicle passes through it. To visualize this, let’s take a look at our demonstration car in diagram D2 below. As it drives down a road, the blocky sedan shape of the car creates a hole in the air. The air rushes around the body as described above.

At speeds above a crawl, the space immediately behind the car’s rear window and trunk is “empty” or like a vacuum. These empty areas are the result of the air molecules not being able to fill the hole as quickly as the car can make it. The air molecules attempt to fill in to this area, but the car is always one step ahead, and as a result, a continuous vacuum sucks in the opposite direction of the car.

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Diagram D2. Rear Vacuum (Also known as flow detachment) is another form of drag where the air the vehicle is passing through cannot fill the space of the hole left behind by the vehicle, leading to what amounts to a vacuum.

This inability to fill the hole left by the car is technically called Flow detachment.

Flow detachment applies only to the “rear vacuum” portion of the drag forces and has a greater and greater negative effect as vehicle speed increases. In fact, the drag increase with the square of the vehicle speed, so more and more horsepower is needed to push a vehicle through the air as its speed rises.

Therefore, when a vehicle reaches high speeds it becomes important to design the car to limit areas of flow detachment. Ideally, we give the air molecules time to follow the contours of a car’s bodywork, and to fill the hole left by the vehicle, its tires, its suspension and its protrusions (i.e. mirrors, roll bars).

If you have witnessed the Le Mans race cars, you will have seen how the tails of these cars tend to extend well back of the rear wheels, and narrow when viewed from the side or top. This extra bodywork allows the air molecules to converge back into the vacuum smoothly along the body into the hole left by the car’s cockpit, and front area, instead of having to suddenly fill a large empty space.

The force created by the rear vacuum exceeds that created by frontal pressure, so there is very good reason to minimize the scale of the vacuum created at the rear of the vehicle.

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Diagram D3. Turbulence is created by the detachment of an air flow from the vehicle. The final unavoidable detachment at the very rear of the vehicle leaves a turbulent wake.

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When the flow detaches, the air flow becomes very turbulent and chaotic when compared to the smooth flow on the front of an object.

If we look at a protrusion from the car such as the mirror in diagram D3 above, we see flow detachment and turbulence in action. The air flow detaches from the flat side of the mirror, which of course faces toward the back of the car.

The turbulence created by this detachment can then affect the air flow to parts of the car which lie behind the mirror. Intake ducts, for instance, function best when the air entering them flows smoothly. Wings generate far more downforce with smooth flows over them as well. Therefore, the entire length of the car really needs to be optimized (within reason) to provide the least amount of turbulence at high speed.

Drag Coefficient

To enable the comparison of the drag produced by one vehicle versus another, a dimensionless value called the Coefficient of Drag or Cd was created. Every vehicle has a Cd which can be measured using wind tunnel data. The Cd can be used in drag equations to determine the drag force at various speeds. In his comprehensive book “Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed“, Joseph Katz provides a table of common vehicles and their Cds and Frontal Areas. Here is an excerpt from that table:

Car Drag Coefficients (Excerpt from “Race Car Aerodynamics” by Joseph Katz. © Bentley Publishers)

Vehicle TypeDragFrontal area
Coefficient CqA[m2]CDA [m2]
Ford Escort 1.3 GL0.39-0.411.830.71-0.75
Nissan Cherry GL0.39-0.411.830.71-0.75
Volvo 360 GLT0.40-0.411.950.78-0.80
Honda Accord 1.8 EX0.40-0.421.880.75-0.79
Nissan Stanza SGL 1.80.40-0.421.880.75-0.79
Mazda 323 1.50.41-0.431.780.73-0.77
Nissan Sunny0.41-0.431.820.75-0.78
Talbot Horizon GL0.41-0.441.850.76-0.81
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.60.42-0.441.870.79-0.82
Toyota Corolla 1300 DX0.45-0.461.760.79-0.81
VW Golf Cabrio GL0.48-0.491.860.89-0.91
Full-size sedans
Renault 25 TS0.30-0.312.040.61-0.63
Audi 100 1.80.30-0.312.050.62-0.64
Mercedes 190 E (190 D)0.33-0.351.900.63-0.67
Mercedes 380 SEC0.34-0.352.100.71-0.74
Mercedes 280 SE0.36-0.372.150.77-0.80
Mercedes 500 SEL0.36-0.372.160.78-0.80
BMW 518i (520i, 525e)0.36-0.382.020.73-0.77
Citroen CX 25 Gti0.36-0.391.990.72-0.78
BMW 323i0.38-0.391.860.71-0.73
Alfa Romeo 90 2.00.38-0.401.950.74-0.78
Mazda 929 2.0 GLX0.39-0.441.930.75-0.85
Saab 900 Gli0.40-0.421.950.78-0.82
Volvo 740 GLE0.40-0.422.160.86-0.91
Volvo 760 Turbo w/intercooler0.40-0.422.160.86-0.91
Peugeot 505 STI0.41-0.431.970.81-0.85
Peugeot 604 STI0.41-0.432.050.84-0.88
BMW 728i (732i/735i)0.42-0.442.130.89-0.94
BMW 745i0.43-0.452.140.92-0.96
Ford Granada 2.3 GL0.44-0.462.130.94-0.98
Sports cars
Porsche 9240.31-0.331.800.56-0.59
Porsche 944 Turbo0.33-0.341.900.63-0.65
Nissan 300 ZX0.33-0.361.820.60-0.66
Mazda 626 Coupe0.34-0.361.880.64-0.68
Opel Monza GSE0.35-0.361.950.68-0.70
Renault Fuego GTX0.34-0.371.820.62-0.67
Honda CRX Coupe0.35-0.371.720.60-0.64
Audi Coupe GT 5E0.36-0.371.830.66-0.68
Chevrolet Corvette0.36-0.381.800.65-0.68
Chevrolet Camaro Z 28 E0.37-0.381.940.72-0.74
Mazda RX-70.36-0.391.690.61-0.66
Toyota Celica Supra 2.8i0.37-0.391.830.68-0.71
VW Scirocco GTX0.38-0.391.740.66-0.68
Porsche 911 Carrera0.38-0.391.780.68-0.69
Honda Prelude0.38-0.401.840.70-0.74
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo0.38-0.401.840.70-0.74
Porsche 928 S0.38-0.401.960.74-0.78
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio0.40-0.411.770.71-0.73
Jaguar XJ-S0.40-0.411.920.77-0.79

From this table and our knowledge of the body shape of some of these vehicles, we can conclude that the best Cd is achieved when a vehicle has these attributes:

  • Has a small nose/grill, to minimize frontal pressure.
  • Has minimal ground clearance below the grill, to minimize air flow under the car.
  • Has a steeply raked windshield (if any) to avoid pressure build up in front.
  • Has a “Fastback” style rear window/deck or sloped bodywork, to permit the air flow to stay attached.
  • Has a converging “Tail” to keep the air flow attached, and to minimize the area against which flow detachment eventually occurs

If it sounds like we’ve just described a sports car, you’re right. In truth though, to be ideal, a car body would be shaped like a tear drop, as even the best sports cars experience flow detachment. However, tear drop shapes are not conducive to the area where a car operates, and that is close to the ground. Airplanes don’t have this limitation, and therefore teardrop shapes work.

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The best road cars today manage a Cd of about 0.28. Formula 1 cars, with their wings and open wheels (a massive drag component) manage a minimum of about 0.75.

If we consider that a flat plate has a Cd of about 1.0, an F1 car really seems inefficient, but what an F1 car lacks in aerodynamic drag efficiency, it makes up for in downforce and horsepower.

Aerodynamics How-To Tips (1/4)

Cover Open wheels

Open wheels create a great deal of drag and air flow turbulence, similar to the diagram of the mirror in the “Turbulence” section above. Full covering bodywork is probably the best solution, if legal by regulations, but if partial bodywork is permitted, placing a converging fairing behind the wheel provides maximum benefit.

Minimize Frontal Area

The smaller the hole your car punches through the air, the better it will accelerate, the higher the top speed, and the lower the fuel consumption it will have. It is usually much easier to reduce FA (frontal area) than the Cd (Drag coefficient).

Converge Bodywork Slowly

Bodywork which quickly converges or is simply truncated, forces the air flow into turbulence, and generates a great deal of drag. As mentioned above, it also can affect aerodynamic devices and bodywork further behind on the vehicle body.

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FAQs

How can you design your car to be aerodynamic? ›

Seven Ways to Boost Your Vehicle's Aerodynamics
  1. Remove the Excess. In physics, drag is the force that acts in the opposite direction of a moving object to slow it down. ...
  2. Lighten Up. ...
  3. Use the A/C. ...
  4. Check Your Tires. ...
  5. Take a Look at Your Front Bumper. ...
  6. Use a Tonneau Cover for Your Truck. ...
  7. Keep It Clean.
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What is the best aerodynamic shape for a car? ›

The most aerodynamically-efficient shape for a vehicle is, in theory, a teardrop. A smooth shape minimises drag and the profile, if correctly configured, keeps airflow attached to the surface rather than breaking free and causing turbulence.

What makes a car more aerodynamic? ›

Essentially, the lower the Cd, the more aerodynamic a car is, and the easier it can move through the wall of air pushing against it.

At what speed does aerodynamics matter on a car? ›

Aerodynamics start to have a more noticeable affect on a vehicle at around 50 mph. If you're traveling slower than 50 mph, the weight of the aerodynamic devices are probably more of a penalty than any perceived gain in performance.

What makes car faster? ›

In terms of acceleration, torque plays a bigger role in how quickly your car accelerates. That's because the torque is a result of the force the pistons generate and at what speed. The quickest vehicles can generate high levels of this torque force at relatively low rpm. This allows the vehicle to accelerate quickly.

What makes a car faster torque or horsepower? ›

Torque multiplied by rpm returns horsepower. Basically, the faster the crankshaft spins with the same amount of force, the more power an engine will make. A car with more hp than torque will always be quicker since this gives a car acceleration and speed.

What's the least aerodynamic shape? ›

For most practical, subsonic applications, the teardrop shape has the least “theoretical” aerodynamic drag.

What shape has the most drag? ›

A quick comparison shows that a flat plate gives the highest drag, and a streamlined symmetric airfoil gives the lowest drag--by a factor of almost 30!

What part of the car creates the most drag? ›

Wings and Spoilers; Lift and Drag | How It Works - YouTube

What are three key aerodynamics principles? ›

There are three basic forces to be considered in aerodynamics: thrust, which moves an airplane forward; drag, which holds it back; and lift, which keeps it airborne. Lift is generally explained by three theories: Bernoulli's principle, the Coanda effect, and Newton's third law of motion.

How do you reduce drag on a car? ›

Methods of decreasing the drag coefficient of a vehicle include re-shaping the rear end, covering the underside of the vehicles, and reducing the amount of protrusions on the surface of the car.

How do you reduce air resistance in a car? ›

Modern vehicle design techniques that help reduce air resistance include, in addition to the smoothness of the overall vehicle shape, recessing the windscreen wipers and door handles, streamlining outside mirrors, eliminating raised gutters around the edges the roof, and many more—all of which help reduce drag and ...

At what speed does a spoiler work? ›

In short, not much at all. Spoilers work best at high speeds (at least 60 to 70 miles per hour). You wouldn't drive a four-cylinder family sedan above 70 mph that often to be able to feel any different.

How does air resistance affect a car? ›

How your car handles air resistance - also known as drag - determines how much power is required to push through, limiting how much energy goes directly into actual movement. As such, just like car tyres with low rolling resistance, the aerodynamics of your vehicle have a direct impact on your fuel efficiency.

At what speed does downforce take effect? ›

What Speed Does Downforce Start Working? - YouTube

What gives a car torque? ›

That torque is created by the pistons within an engine as they reciprocate up and down on the engine's crankshaft, causing it to rotate (or twist), continuously. This torque is then transferred to the vehicle's wheels through the transmission and drivetrain.

How do you increase torque in a car? ›

An effective modification that will increase torque significantly is to install a turbo or supercharger. Forced induction forces air into your engine, increasing the power the engine provides. Depending on the torque curve you prefer, a turbocharger will need time to spool before it provides torque benefits.

What part makes a car fast? ›

The motive force for a car is the engine. Every engine produces an amount of work-energy measured in mechanical horsepower. One horsepower is 550 foot-pounds per second. More power in generation from the engine means more power available to turn the wheels faster on the car.

What wins races torque or HP? ›

The relationship between horsepower and torque is an intriguing and complicated one. In the words of Carroll Shelby “Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races.” And that's accurate, to an extent, but horsepower and torque do work together.

What is more important cc or HP? ›

Cc is measured in cubic centimetres while horsepower is measured in Kilowatt. Horsepower is more important as it is used to signify the speed of a vehicle while cc is just used for indicating the physical dimension of the automobile engine.

Which is better higher or lower torque? ›

Higher torque at lower r.p.m. means you have a lot more horsepower at lower r.p.m., which makes it easier to tow things from a standstill. That's usually how trucks are geared,” Murray said. “High torque at higher r.p.m. means more power while you're already underway, which usually results in higher top speed.

What is the most aerodynamic object? ›

For speeds lower than the speed of sound, the most aerodynamically efficient shape is the teardrop. The teardrop has a rounded nose that tapers as it moves backward, forming a narrow, yet rounded tail, which gradually brings the air around the object back together instead of creating eddy currents.

Which SUV is the most aerodynamic? ›

Check out the Tesla Model X if you want to experience the most aerodynamic SUV ever made. With its Cd of . 25, this vehicle has the ability to go from zero to 60 in 2.7 seconds, which is very impressive for an SUV. It has a streamlined design and a spoiler that help it to cut through the air with ease.

What is the most aerodynamic animal? ›

The world's fastest animal overall is the air-traveling peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), which is best known for its diving speed during flight—which can reach more than 300 km (186 miles) per hour. A version of this answer was originally published on Britannica's Beyond.

What shape creates least drag? ›

A quick comparison shows that a flat plate gives the highest drag and a streamlined symmetric airfoil gives the lowest drag, by a factor of almost 30! Shape has a very large effect on the amount of drag produced.

How is drag calculated? ›

The drag equation states that drag D is equal to the drag coefficient Cd times the density r times half of the velocity V squared times the reference area A. For given air conditions, shape, and inclination of the object, we must determine a value for Cd to determine drag.

What makes an object more aerodynamic? ›

The shape of an object also changes the amount of drag. Most round surfaces have less drag than flat ones. Narrow surfaces usually have less drag than wide ones. The more air that hits a surface, the more drag it makes.

What does CD mean on a car? ›

A vehicle registration oval, containing the letters "CD" (for corps diplomatique), indicating that the owner is a foreign embassy and is immune from prosecution.

What is negative lift? ›

The air moving under the car moves faster than that above it, creating downforce or negative lift on the car. Airfoils or wings are also used in the front and rear of the car in an effort to generate more downforce.

Does spoiler reduce drag? ›

One of the design goals of a spoiler is to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. Many vehicles have a fairly steep downward angle going from the rear edge of the roof down to the trunk or tail of the car. Air flowing across the roof tumbles over this edge at higher speeds, causing flow separation.

What are the 4 laws of aerodynamics? ›

Weight, lift, thrust, and drag are the four principles of aerodynamics. These physics of flight and aircraft structures forces cause an object to travel upwards and downwards, as well as faster and slower.

What are the 4 forces of aerodynamics? ›

These same four forces help an airplane fly. The four forces are lift, thrust, drag, and weight.

What are the two basic aerodynamic forces? ›

By convention, the single aerodynamic force is broken into two components: the drag force which is opposed to the direction of motion, and the lift force which acts perpendicular to the direction of motion.

How do you make a car downforce? ›

Ducting most of the radiator exit air up and out through the hood can produce a large downforce increase, and perhaps even a drag reduction to boot. Sealing the nose air intakes to the radiator face so that no air can leak around the radiator is another way to improve aero performance and cooling.

How do you increase aerodynamic efficiency? ›

The aerodynamic efficiency increases with the number of blades. The aerodynamic efficiency increases with the number of blades. But lower the number of blades higher the value of the speed.

Do spoilers help with aerodynamics? ›

Front spoilers reduce the amount of air going under the vehicle. At the rear, where airflow tends to be more turbulent and generate more lift, spoilers create more downforce to keep the vehicle firmly planted on the road. But spoilers are only one part of the aerodynamic picture, and they may be only a small part.

How do I improve my aerodynamic drag? ›

Five ways to reduce your car's aerodynamic drag - YouTube

What is a good aerodynamic drag? ›

Ideal Drag:

Nowadays, cars have an average drag coefficient of 0.40, and some cars have as low as 0.26. Such vehicles are said to have the best aerodynamic design. Also, the power you need while moving a body through the air increases speed.

What angle should my spoiler be? ›

The result revealed that a 12° angle of attack is the optimal angle for designing the spoiler. Twelve degrees angle of attack provided the highest downforce. This downforce can improve the stability of high-speed sports car without increasing much drag.

What is negative lift car? ›

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A resultant upthrust or downthrust may be produced which mainly depend upon the body shape; however, an uplift known as positive lift is undesirable as it reduces the tyre to ground grip whereas a downforce referred to as negative lift enhances the tyre's road holding.

What is the difference between a spoiler and a wing? ›

An automotive airfoil (wing) is shaped like an upside-down airplane wing — it deflects airflow upward to generate down-force on the rear of the vehicle. A spoiler is an obstruction to localized airflow that improves the overall airflow around a vehicle.

What is drag on a car? ›

The drag coefficient is a common measure in automotive design as it pertains to aerodynamics. Drag is a force that acts parallel to and in the same direction as the airflow. The drag coefficient of an automobile measures the way the automobile passes through the surrounding air.

What is rolling loss? ›

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Why do lower cars have better aerodynamics? ›

Because lowering means getting stiffer springs, there is less weight transfer when you hit the gas or brake hard. This means you'll enjoy faster acceleration and quicker stops. Lowered vehicles are more aerodynamic. There's less air hitting the wheels and tires (that are not streamlined shapes).

What is the wing on a car called? ›

A spoiler is an automotive aerodynamic device whose intended design function is to 'spoil' unfavorable air movement across a body of a vehicle in motion, usually described as turbulence or drag.

What is the difference between downforce and drag? ›

The downforce helps the car negotiate the turns at a faster speed, and the drag slows the car and reduces the top speed down the straights. It was thought by many that a team cannot have both. Most teams spend a lot of time and money deciding how much downforce to use verses how much time is lost to drag.

How is downforce calculated? ›

Mathematically, you can calculate downforce using this formula: downforce = 1/2p * A * Cl * V^2 .
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You can break this formula into four parts:
  1. 1/2p – I'll simplify this as a constant value of . ...
  2. A – This is the area of the wing in square feet. ...
  3. Cl – This is Coefficient of Lift.
5 Feb 2021

What makes something aerodynamic? ›

Aerodynamics is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air. Studying the motion of air around an object allows us to measure the forces of lift, which allows an aircraft to overcome gravity, and drag, which is the resistance an aircraft “feels” as it moves through the air.

How do aerodynamics devices improve car performance? ›

It is shaped like a wing of an airplane turned upside down [6]. Its main objective is to provide sufficient downforce or negative lift so that the vehicle has increased traction and the vehicle doesn't lift off at higher speeds [10]. It also allows to corner faster and improves stability at high speeds [11].

How the shape of a car affect its speed? ›

Our hypothesis is that the shape of the cars will make a difference in how fast they go. This is because a car with a more aerodynamic shape should go faster. The more aerodynamic the shape, the less the car will stall from the air as it moves.

How do race cars reduce drag? ›

Methods of decreasing the drag coefficient of a vehicle include re-shaping the rear end, covering the underside of the vehicles, and reducing the amount of protrusions on the surface of the car.

What are the 4 principles of aerodynamics? ›

Weight, lift, thrust, and drag are the four principles of aerodynamics. These physics of flight and aircraft structures forces cause an object to travel upwards and downwards, as well as faster and slower.

What are the 4 forces of aerodynamics? ›

These same four forces help an airplane fly. The four forces are lift, thrust, drag, and weight.

What shape is the most aerodynamic? ›

The most aerodynamic shape is typically known as the teardrop - it's the shape water forms when it runs down a window because it's been pushed into that position by the air flowing over it on the way down.

What are three key aerodynamics principles? ›

There are three basic forces to be considered in aerodynamics: thrust, which moves an airplane forward; drag, which holds it back; and lift, which keeps it airborne. Lift is generally explained by three theories: Bernoulli's principle, the Coanda effect, and Newton's third law of motion.

How can I improve my drag? ›

According to Mercedes, "Lowering the ride height at speed results in a 3-percent improvement in drag."
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You can reduce your vehicle's aerodynamics by:
  1. Lifting it — "an inch of increased ride height degrades the coefficient of drag by about 10 drag counts [. ...
  2. Adding wider tires.
5 May 2009

How do you reduce air resistance in a car? ›

Modern vehicle design techniques that help reduce air resistance include, in addition to the smoothness of the overall vehicle shape, recessing the windscreen wipers and door handles, streamlining outside mirrors, eliminating raised gutters around the edges the roof, and many more—all of which help reduce drag and ...

How do you create a downforce? ›

A small increase in downforce can be had by extending the splitter behind the air dam or nose, and gently curving the trailing edge up to create a short but wide ground effect tunnel. Because a splitter is the lowest point on the car, it is vulnerable to damage from contact.

How does air resistance affect a car? ›

How your car handles air resistance - also known as drag - determines how much power is required to push through, limiting how much energy goes directly into actual movement. As such, just like car tyres with low rolling resistance, the aerodynamics of your vehicle have a direct impact on your fuel efficiency.

How do you calculate drag? ›

The drag equation states that drag D is equal to the drag coefficient Cd times the density r times half of the velocity V squared times the reference area A. For given air conditions, shape, and inclination of the object, we must determine a value for Cd to determine drag.

Are Lowered cars more aerodynamic? ›

Lowered vehicles are more aerodynamic. There's less air hitting the wheels and tires (that are not streamlined shapes). This makes these cars faster.

Do spoilers help with aerodynamics? ›

Front spoilers reduce the amount of air going under the vehicle. At the rear, where airflow tends to be more turbulent and generate more lift, spoilers create more downforce to keep the vehicle firmly planted on the road. But spoilers are only one part of the aerodynamic picture, and they may be only a small part.

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