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Carbon Fibre Spolier (add on)

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by garyjac, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. garyjac

    garyjac Member

    Jan 14, 2016
    Brisbane, Queensland
    OK, is there anyone here who has added a carbon fibre spoiler to the Model S after purchase? If so, is there any indication that it affects the energy efficiency (positively or negatively) ? Seems like an expensive decoration if it does nothing though.
  2. Homer

    Homer Member

    Jan 13, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I added one before purchase so I can't answer your question but I think most spoilers are probably just decorative unless they are designed into the car.
  3. ZTrekus

    ZTrekus Member

    Feb 8, 2015
    Sydney, NSW
    #3 ZTrekus, Apr 2, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2016
    I have thought about this a lot and have come to the following conclusions about the spoiler:

    1. It is wholly decorative and has no substantial effect whatsoever either on range or on stability;

    2. At first glance it may seem expensive but that is because it is wrongly considered as a substantial component as opposed to a decorative component;

    3. Most decorative components are expensive on luxury cars, eg paintwork and colour, but especially leather seats and interior, not to mention the different dashboard trimmings etc...

    4. The spoiler is actually quite cheap considering it is almost the first thing you notice from the outside of the car when viewed from the rear, and it lasts the life of the car.

    5. As a decorative item, it significantly changes the kind of car that it is perceived as. For example a red car with a spoiler screams sports car, whereas a dark car without plays to the conservative aspect....

    6. And from there your imagination can go wild... Either a dark colour with a spoiler is a kind of Bat-mobile; a dark colour without a spoiler is a kind of Tardis; a bright colour with a spoiler is a kind of Forumla 1 car and a shiny car without is a kind of 007 car... Possibilities are endless...

    7. Personally I have a dark blue car without the spoiler. More of a Clark Kent guy. All that potential hidden under the mild-mannered suit and glasses.
  4. omniwolf

    omniwolf eNizl

    Aug 27, 2014
    Neutral Bay, Sydney
    A spoiler is to increase down force which increases handling. The car already weighs > 2 tonne and has a super low centre of gravity. IMO it is useless, and will probably reduce performance/range a tiny bit (maybe more at high speeds - it's just extra drag for no benefit)
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