When Ducati first added these little winglets to their MotoGP Desmosedici, there were lots of jokes about “hammerhead sharks” and claims about supposed lift control. But if you listen to riders, it seems they have an entirely different and dastardly purpose—to make it harder for riders who get behind it.
Two huge wings for flying on the ground. One of the faster time trials cars from the National Auto Sport Association’s weekend at MSR-Houston.
Keeping race cars grounded to the ground requires thorough aerodynamic engineering and research. That can lead to both crazy-successful aero pieces and some totally sci-fi technological dead-ends. These ten wind-cutting cars fit in perfectly.
In a perfect race car design world, all shapes would be clean, and you’d need just one wing out back, one wing up front, and a smooth envelope of a car in between. But race car design is never perfect.
Whenever you think you've seen all of the strange automotive creations Russia could conceivably have to offer something like this tire covered 5 series BMW with wings appears to remind you there is no limit to Russian weirdness.
We know that movies like The Fast & The Furious have seriously warped our collective understanding of what is and what is not a reasonable modification but this definitely crosses the line somewhere. Reader "Rub-ISH" over at the MotiveMag forums managed to capture this rolling monstrosity. As soon as we saw it we…