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Wings and Spoilers


Are used primarily on saloon-type race cars. They act like barriers to air flow, in order to build up higher air pressure in front of the spoiler. This is useful, because as mentioned previously, a sedan car tends to become "Light" in the rear end as the low pressure area above the trunk lifts the rear end of the car.


This method is applied to the Elise 160 (The added crescent moon spoiler) and also to all Elise S2's as the 'Spoiler' is built into the rear of the car.

Lotus Elise S2 'Spoiler'


Probably the most popular form of aerodynamic aid is the wing. Wings perform very efficiently, generating lots of downforce for a small penalty in drag. Spoiler are not nearly as efficient, but because of their practicality and simplicity, spoilers are used a lot on sedans.

The wing works by differentiating pressure on the top and bottom surface of the wing. As mentioned previously, the higher the speed of a given volume of air, the lower the pressure of that air, and vice-versa. What a wing does is make the air passing under it travel a larger distance than the air passing over it (in race car applications). Because air molecules approaching the leading edge of the wing are forced to separate, some going over the top of the wing, and some going under the bottom, they are forced to travel differing distances in order to "Meet up" again at the trailing edge of the wing.


Wings were added to all Exige S1's and S2's

Lotus Exige S1 Wing

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Aftermarket Options

There are many aftermarket options for fitting Wings or spoilers to the elise

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Wikipedia On Spoilers

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