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I'm not talking about the impressionable youths who think its cool to bolt an ironing board to the back of their puma (must get a pic of that particular one as its a corker), but this issue got me wondering about the line between adding one for functional reasons v aesthetics.

The small rising one on the back of the new Aston One 77 looks bizarre to my eyes, just completely out of proportion and like a wee withered hand on the cover shot. Then I saw the new Zagato which looks stunning, but there seems to be the spoiler from a touring car bolted to the back of it which also looks really out of place. Granted the back end visually needs "something", if only to distinguish it from a Bentley or TVR which were the first two shapes I thought of, but something from the parts-bin just ruins the look of it.

I know this type of spoiler seems to be standard-fit on some cars like the GT3 RS, but on something like the Aston, is that really the only option available? Does it need to be that bit a spoiler in the first place? Can they not do something more subtle/clever in the wind tunnel or is it a cost thing? Or an image thing? Or is it genuinely the sort of manually adjustable item that their customers are going to want?

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Cheers,

Mike.

The rear wing on the One-77 isn't too bad.

The GT3 RS 3.8 and 4.0 are prefect but the wing one the new 991 GT3 Cup looks stupidly big:


The black spoiler on the BMW M3 GTS looks pathetic:

911s need large rear wings, the racers don't fit them just so they can cruze down Maccy D's !

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Dr.(tbc) Alex said...

The GT3 RS 3.8 and 4.0 are prefect but the wing one the new 991 GT3 Cup looks stupidly big:

The 991 looks great in Carerra form but absolutely hideous with a spoiler. The 997 on the other hand, looked great in every form. Especially the GT3.

Just a concept pic, but you get the hint. It just looks wrong where a Porsche should look brilliant with a spoiler.

Updated December 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Dr.(tbc) Alex said...

The black spoiler on the BMW M3 GTS looks pathetic:


And also the black series:

It looks like it just came out from some Need for Speed game.

Agree ^
Thankfully you can delete the wing, which to me looks 124.66% better


As for the 991, well this is the most recent spy shot, you just know Porsche can pull it off, looking nice and 'square' here, even next to the 997 GT3 8)


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securitycheck said...

I love the way that half the people on here design F1 cars for a living. :roll:

Dr J.Zoidberg said...

Agree ^
Thankfully you can delete the wing, which to me looks 124.66% better

love that merc without the big spoiler.

911's have always looked better and purer without the big spoilers, that's why the standard 997 works so well

Dr J.Zoidberg said...

That 991 wing needs to be bigger. Much bigger.

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'73 Carrerra RS ducktail spoiler is full of correctness, in my fanboy opinion:

I quite like teh Mk1 996 GT3 spoiler too:

(though not when fitted to a Carrera 2, Sundayplumper ;))

Marv you are such a snob

Cheers

Steve

Sundayjumper said...

911s need large rear wings, the racers don't fit them just so they can cruze down Maccy D's !


To be fair this one did have around 800bhp so the big wing was fairly essential!

No spoiler thread is complete without the Sierra

And its evolution

Lolbird will be livid that you didn't include the Escort ;)

Correct:

Incorrect:

I'm sure the Challenge needs it on a race track but it ruins the lines.

correct

also correct, small one looks silly as does the bigger effort.

Has to have a spoiler, I dont like this car with no spoiler and silly standard alloys!

Minimalistic but correct

Correct

Incorrect ;)

Cheers

Steve

Updated January 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Same goes with the GT86.

Something not quite right:

Better but still not perfect:

And for the OTT:

The 86 is an ugly car, particularly the rear end, but out of those 3 options I'd take no spoiler every time.

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Cheers

Rich

John said...


That is a clever idea! Include a fixed two-seater picnic table on the back of the car.

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Now fueled by heavy oil...

So with the Black for example, if you select to delete the spoiler, are you warned that you now run the risk of spinning off at the first corner and exploding in a fireball?

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Cheers,

Mike.

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