What Every Car Head Needs to Know About Car Splitters

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If you have a normal-looking car, and you want it to be more sporty-looking, sometimes all you need is a little upgrade. Like a car splitter.

Car splitters are probably the hottest aftermarket upgrade right now. Every car enthusiast knows that these mods are one of the most popular exteriors that every car head should have.

That’s because not only will the car splitters improve the aesthetics of your car, but they will also improve the aerodynamics of your ride.

But before you get too excited about these car splitters that scream “race car” once installed, you have to understand first everything about these mods.

What is a car splitter?

A car splitter is a piece of bodywork that is attached to the bottom of a car’s front bumper and sometimes held in place by two metal rods that are connected to the front bumper.

You might be asking, how is it different from a front chin spoiler?

Well, car splitters are generally flat, and it extends forward from the bottom of the front bumper. Chin spoilers, on the other hand, are relatively smaller and don’t extend forward that much.

Normally, car splitters are made from carbon fibre, ABS plastic, alumalite, fibreglass, polyurethane or other composites to make them durable. Given their design and where they are positioned in your car, they’re more likely to take some beatings and scratches from curbs.

That’s why they need to be tough as nails.

So how do car splitters work?

Most car body upgrades are generally all about redirecting the airflow while riding to improve the performance of a car.

When you reach high speeds, what happens is that the air pressure accumulates at the front of your car. This air pressure can either go up and over the roof or down and underneath your car.

The air pressure that goes upward is relatively low. The air that goes down and under is incredibly high which causes the front of the car to lift very slightly. But that slight lift reduces your car’s traction on the road, reducing the performance of your car.

This is where car splitters come in.

As the name suggests, this upgrade splits the air, forcing the high pressure to go up and not letting so much air pass underneath your car. Once this happens, you will regain your car’s traction on the road and ultimately, your control over the car.

How to position your car splitters

When modifying your car with car splitters, the key factor here, aside from the quality of the material, is the positioning of the splitters. For you to see the big difference that it can contribute to your car’s performance, everything must be in the right place.

The positioning of the splitters will dictate how much air pressure is allowed to pass underneath the car. Ideally, you don’t want it to allow too much “underflow” to prevent the car from lifting.

However, you also don’t want to position the splitters too low because it will hinder the underflow so much that it will create a drag effect. Drag is certainly not what you want to happen when driving because it will slow down your car. To achieve perfect results, you have to set the proper height.

It’s also worth noting that the aerodynamic benefits of a front splitter will be appreciated the most if you’re travelling at least 100km/h.

But don’t get us wrong. You’ll still get the benefits of having a good front splitter even when you’re not a pro race car driver. You just won’t fully experience the aerodynamics.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve got all the details out of the way, it’s time to decide whether you need one or not. And if you’re going to ask for our two cents, we’ll definitely encourage you to follow your guts!

But we’ll also advise you to think and research about it many times. Because there are also a lot of factors that come into play when buying car splitters. There’s the budget, the compatibility of the mods on your car, and of course, your car’s warranty limitations.

Just make sure to plan everything before buying your mods!