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I think you did a great job with the wing. Looking at the way it's attached (and given the thing itself is an "exact" replica), I bet it actually does some real work at track speeds (thinking stability in very high speed sweepers and stand-on-it breaking situations at the end of long straight, heading into a slow-speed sequence). It looks a lot like the wing on one of the Team O'Neill rally cars.
A couple images of that application:
So, so me, this wing is more functional than cosmetic (hah, rare to be able to say that) which makes me wonder about the lip/splitter. Is there any under tray to that thing or is it like the Triple R piece -- purely cosmetic? I'd be wary myself of adding downforce to the back end without something on the nose to help balance/tune the aero effects.
Thanks for sharing. I think that wing is a good option (with your attachment setup) for someone wanting to tune out any rear-end instability.
My opinion: It's not really just a spoiler as it actually sits in the relatively clean air stream just above the tail of the car, and assuming it's "flying upside down," the wing provides real downforce at speed -- not so much for a daily driver. A spoiler is usually just a device that is flush to the hood (or maybe with a bit of a vertical lip) meant to break up the trailing edge vortex (reducing drag and lift).
You're welcome! It is funny that you brought up Team O'Neil. I initially contacted them to try to get some information and purchase the set-up since they are affiliated with M-Sport. After no response, I emailed M-Sport UK directly. A gentleman named Scott replied to my inquiry and laid down the foundation to this project. I wouldn't have been able to do this without his help.
In regards to the functional aspect, I have no doubt there is one. There is this one particular turn I have a tendency to negotiate fairly quick when the mood suits. It is a turn most people take at approx. 25 mph. I have gone as fast as 45-50 mph which would result in the back end sliding out in a very predictable manner. After the installation of the wing, going at the same speed, the car now "digs" into the turn. The back end no longer kicks out unless I jerk really hard on the steering wheel. I have taken this route hundreds of times going to and from work and the results are predictable.
As for the front splitter, as far as I know is more cosmetic but I don't have any real evidence that it is functional. There is no under tray reinforcement. It is also mounted in a similar fashion to the Triple R splitter. There is a Ford race team based in Hong Kong who uses both this wing and Triple R splitter (or what looks exactly like it). Makes me wonder it it actually is a functional splitter since I don't see a race team slapping something on that is purely cosmetic...