Rear wings or rear spoilers, call it what you want. For the most part, the wings on many passenger vehicles serve little to no purpose except for just aesthetic appeal. But on performance cars, these wings are often engineered and calibrated to give cars an advantage on the road or on track. However, unlike planes, these wings aren’t there to generate lift. They are there to generate downforce, which enables cars to post incredible lap times on a track. Here are some of the coolest ones we found.
Automobiles may be low down on the list of Denmark’s exports, but the Zenvo TSR-S is probably one of the hottest exports the Danes have come up with. Just look at the massive wing hanging out the back. The previous Zenvo TSR had an already massive fixed wing, but this TSR-S takes it up a considerable notch with the active rear wing that pitches and leans to basically glue the rear tyres to the tarmac. Good thing too, as this car produces 1,200hp, so you’ll want ALL the rear traction as possible. There is active aero, and there is active aero. This is the latter.
McLaren’s Senna is the third of the brand’s Ultimate Series cars, and it has some big shoes to fill. Both in terms of pedigree and nomenclature. To bear the Senna moniker is a big undertaking, and McLaren has pulled out all the stops in designing this road-legal track car.
That massive swan-neck rear wing is a prime example of McLaren’s fanatical attention to detail. Swan neck wings differ from more traditional wings by eliminating the struts on the underside, which allows air to pass more freely and quickly on the underside of the wing to create a low-pressure zone that pulls the car down. This explanation may be a little crude but essentially, it creates more downforce. Technical mumbo jumbo aside, it's an absolute unit of a wing.
Porsche Panamera GTS
Granted, the rear wing on the back of the Porsche Panamera GTS isn’t the largest or the most flamboyant. But it is an immensely cool item nonetheless. At a stop or standstill, the wing retracts into the bodywork to retain the car’s profile. However once activated, the wing pops up and expands outwards by 10 centimetres on either side to increase the overall surface area of the rear wing. It’s mesmerising just watching the rear wing in action.
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