Modern tech makes it possible to use the air to help control our cars. Here are 13 of your favorites.
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Porsche 911 Turbo
In addition to the movable wing out back, the 911 Turbo also has some active aero going on at the front. A folding splitter deploys at high speeds and disappears into the bumper at low speeds so drivers have no issue clearing speed bumps or other road obstacles.
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Anyone who tells you active aero is a new thing has never heard of the 3000GT. Mitsubishi was really onto something when it gave an active aerodynamics system to the 3000GT all the way back in 1990.
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Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Having flaps that open and close to provide (or restrict) air going to the front and rear aero would be cool on its own. But Lamborghini's "ALA" system can also adjust the left and right sides of this air distribution depending on which way the car is turning, allowing for even greater mid-corner grip and stability.
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In addtion to the ultra cool flying buttresses on the new Ford GT, there is a deployable rear spoiler that adjusts its angle based on driver input and drive mode. In this video, the car also drops its ride height depending on what position the spoiler is at.
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The LaFerrari is Ferrari's ultimate hypercar, so you can be sure it's full of advanced technology. It's active rear wing deploys under braking to create drag and stop the car, while smaller pieces at the rear diffuser come out to improve downforce.
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The Lexus LFA's main attraction is its fantastic V10 engine, but it has a pretty cool wing as well. It stays hidden in the rear of the car until the car reached speeds over 50mph to distribute adequate downforce to the rear.
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Porsche 918 Spyder
In addition to the huge active wing in the back and the slotted vents in the front, the Porsche 918 Spyder has two underbody flaps, positioned in front of the front axle, which open in race mode. These openings guide air into the diffuser channels of the underbody structure, and keep the car suctioned to the ground.
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Koenigsegg claims to have produced the world's first fully foldable, top-mounted active rear wing for it's new Regera Hypercar. The wing provides needed downforce and drag for braking, and tucks neatly into the body when not in use.
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In the McLaren P1, "race mode" is all you need. In this setting the car drops the ride height and raises the wing to its maximum extension. The wing also swings up under braking to create additional drag and stop the car as quickly as physics allow.
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The Pagani Huayra is one of the more outlandish cars to use active aero. It has four separate wings, one on each corner of the car. The wings rise and lower based on speed on acceleration, as well as braking and steering input, and react within milliseconds.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia
The new Giulia is Alfa's latest sports sedan, a proper RWD, turbocharged machine. In this reveal video, Alfa shows off the car's active chin spoiler, which most likely raises and lowers based on speed and driving mode, and looks the business.
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Like the Veyron that came before it, the Bugatti Chiron has some pretty trick aero pieces. The 1500-horsepower hypercar has some insane tech onboard, including an active front diffuser and retractable wing that acts as an air brake to slow the car from 260+ mph speeds.
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2017 Porsche Panamera
The new Panamera's aero trick is pretty cool. The car, designed from the ground up, features a really neat folding rear wing that seamlessly tucks away when you're not hitting your nearest back road.