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      02-17-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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Cutting down air drag?

I've heard of a few techniques to cut down drag with painter's tape, does anyone have anything to add to this like spots to add this to and how much? I tried taping gaps like front bumper and fender area and the sunroof. It made maybe a 10th of second of difference in my lap time. Am I doing it wrong? Or is tape really that minor? and how do you know where to tape on the front bumper mesh? BTW Please show diagrams or a picture
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To build on your quoted analogy, taping up gaps is like sticking your finger up a girls bum, if you're getting an exta 10th of a second pleasure, you're doing well

Or is that just my wife?.....
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I've heard of a few techniques to cut down drag with painter's tape, does anyone have anything to add to this like spots to add this to and how much? I tried taping gaps like front bumper and fender area and the sunroof. It made maybe a 10th of second of difference in my lap time. Am I doing it wrong? Or is tape really that minor? and how do you know where to tape on the front bumper mesh? BTW Please show diagrams or a picture
My suspicion is that whatever difference it may or may not make, the difference is less than your inconsistency between laps regardless of whether you're using tape or not.

Also, if I understand it correctly, the difference it makes is negligible at lower speeds, so unless you're consistently driving at very high speeds, it's unlikely to make much of a difference.

Maybe a rocket scientist can chime in?
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To build on your quoted analogy, taping up gaps is like sticking your finger up a girls bum, if you're getting an exta 10th of a second pleasure, you're doing well

Or is that just my wife?.....
Hahahahahahahahahaha ill keep that in mind XD your words are sig worthy lol!
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My suspicion is that whatever difference it may or may not make, the difference is less than your inconsistency between laps regardless of whether you're using tape or not.

Also, if I understand it correctly, the difference it makes is negligible at lower speeds, so unless you're consistently driving at very high speeds, it's unlikely to make much of a difference.

Maybe a rocket scientist can chime in?
I was only try to learn this for those track days and possibly drag days. A friend of mine is try to create a little get together amongst friends and see who's the fastest. Of course just for fun and on a track. But rocket scientist... maybe, but I think that its just time consuming and tedious like dynamatting a trunk or full detailing a car
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Well, ideally you want to tape up everything that is not smooth, i.e.

Tape up all the vents on the front bumper, kidney grills included
WARNING! This WILL cause your car to overheat! But it may be good for 1 lap
Then you want to tape up all the panel gaps (i.e. bonnet to fenders, around doors, etc.)
Additionally, you should also tape up the windows (i.e. stick some tape over the rubber/glass part)

IMHO, you're only going to get like 0.2s max out of this
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Well, ideally you want to tape up everything that is not smooth, i.e.

Tape up all the vents on the front bumper, kidney grills included
WARNING! This WILL cause your car to overheat! But it may be good for 1 lap
Then you want to tape up all the panel gaps (i.e. bonnet to fenders, around doors, etc.)
Additionally, you should also tape up the windows (i.e. stick some tape over the rubber/glass part)

IMHO, you're only going to get like 0.2s max out of this
Thanks for the insight on it, I wasn't too sure about how it cut down and and I wasn sure if it was able to be done for 1 lap or more thanks for letting meknow tho it was very helpful and ill take your word for it
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