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As for those wilwood's, not the lightweight ones. Just thinking from before when you were talking about the lighter ones to shave weight. Unless I was looking at the wrong ones, those were described as definitely not for track days as the lower weight=less thermal mass=less fade resistance.
Please keep these key things in mind with wings:
-All wings add drag
-All drag is bad
-Some wings (good wings) provide Downforce
-Even a good wing can be bad for a car if it's not providing a beneficial amount of downforce for the drag it kicks out
Many race cars take off their wings on courses where they cannot exeed a certain speed (usually in the 130-150mph range) or only have to go straight at those speeds. Downforce is often not worth the drag.
Another key point is that the angle of the wing matters A FRIGGIN' TON! and the correct angle for the wing varies on the speed you'll be going and the aerodynamics of your car. If you're buying a generic piece without an adjustable angle mount, you just bought a useless piece of garbage. If you do not do testing to determine the correct wing angle, you wouldn't even be able to utilize a good wing anyway.
And yes, the 2011 STi wing is SOMEWHAT useful. But not very useful. The last wing like that (the 04-07) was completely without ANY function. The new one is at least capable of actually providing a little downforce. That said, if you think you need a wing like that to go around the ring in 7:55, you're crazy. The wing isn't contributing a large amount to that time. The car isn't going fast enough 95%+ of the time for the wing to even do something on a race course like that with a stock STi's power/weight ratio.
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