Body Wings

Old 02-15-2010, 01:27 AM
Tech Rookie
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 10
Red face Body Wings

G' Day, since I am a two week rookie and know basically nothing about racing I have this question about wings. Yesterday during practise one guy lost his wing during a huge crash, after that he couldnt keep his car on the track and he swore it was because of the wing being missing on the body. I always though being rc that wings are only cosmetic and based on real cars were these wings do work. Were they pulling my leg or can it really have a effect on handling ? Car was a TT 01 stock Mercedes DTM. Thank you.
cpk1 is offline  
Old 02-15-2010, 02:06 AM
Tech Elite
niznai's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: All over the place
Posts: 2,965

If the wing in question was the kit supplied one, than I would say it's not very likely though possible (depending on what sort of speeds we are talking about as well).

I have used the same bodyshell in competition but replaced the wing with a proper protoform one.

Competition-grade cars would be absolute dogs without the wings at the back. If you take a close look the bodyshells usd in competition come in a wide range of material thickness and designs as well as the wings themselves which are adjustable for exactly this reason: to adjust downforce and better tune the car to the track.

Have a quick look on youtube and see what kind of speeds we are talking about in competitions such as the ETS or similar.

And if you want to have a bit of a play, put your car on sensitive scale and use a hairdryer to blow air against it see what happens.
niznai is offline  
Old 02-15-2010, 05:15 AM
Tech Regular
iTrader: (18)
Tread1's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NE OHIO
Posts: 355
Trader Rating: 18 (100%+)

Last edited by Tread1; 02-15-2010 at 12:25 PM.
Tread1 is offline  
Old 02-15-2010, 07:24 AM
Tech Regular
Andy63's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden
Posts: 398

all aerodynamics on the cars do effect the handling, just like a normal car. The rear wing is very important! If you loose your rear wing, you can basically say goodbye and get a new one. I myself have driven without a wing and it is horrible. you loose all grip you had before.

So an straight answer to your question: YES
Andy63 is offline  
Old 02-15-2010, 08:00 AM
Tech Elite
iTrader: (24)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: NY/FL
Posts: 3,378
Trader Rating: 24 (100%+)

I've never been a big believer that the wings/spoilers did all that much at stock class speeds but....a few weeks back while using a HPI Lamborghini Murcielago body the wing got trashed in a wreck and from then on the car handled differently. I checked the car over for damage and adjustment changes but the only thing different was the wing. I had actually used a taller, probably more functional scale wing as we race RCGT. Image counts !! Am I convinced that in ALL cases the wing makes a But on some cars and using some wing shapes....yes.
Evoracer is offline  
Old 02-15-2010, 08:21 AM
Tech Elite
niznai's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: All over the place
Posts: 2,965

I agree. I use the Merc I in stock as well. It still makes a difference on tight tracks with little grip to not having any wing, but not crucial. If racing is tight though, it might be the difference that earns you the podium.
niznai is offline  

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.