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Does a G-nose or whale tail do anything, or is it just for looks? Does it help on handling or high speed driving in any way. Just wondering because I just finished installing them and I didn't feel any difference. I also put on a cowl induction hood. Thanks.
 

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Re: Does a G-nose or whale tail help? (long)

> Does a G-nose or whale tail do anything, or
> is it just for looks? Does it help on
> handling or high speed driving in any way.
> Just wondering because I just finished
> installing them and I didn't feel any
> difference. I also put on a cowl induction
> hood. Thanks.

Wes,

Everything I've read about aerodynamics leads me to believe that you won't notice anything with these types of mods until you're at speed, ie.-- 80, 100, 150 mph+, depending upon the body modification.

With your particular combination, G-nose and whale tail, one sort of offsets the other in some aspects of performance enhancements.

The g-nose will help you cut through the air a little easier at speed, thus a higher top end. Although I'm not real familiar with the G-nose, (does it come with modified front spoiler?) if it doesn't have a front spoiler you probabably won't realize any added stability at speed.

The whale tail, on the other hand, is supposed to create downforce on the rear of the vehicle, thus added stability, at speed. What speed does your whale tail become effective???? Porsche has one that pops up automatically at about 50mph, I think. The drawback of these is that you will definitley increase drag, thus sacrifice top end. The other question that I can't answer is, what specific affect does your tail have on your z car? This can all vary depending on suspension, weight distribution, etc.

They look pretty cool, so if you like it, don't worry too much about it. If you're stricktly seeking performance, then look at what the racers do or did with their particular car set-ups. I don't think I've ever seen a racing Z with a wale tale. In fact, most pictures I've seen, the really hot ones, usually don't have any rear spoiler or tail, or they are very mild, compared to a whale tail.

After all this rambling, I don't know if I answered your questions to any satisfaction. Yes they do something, but you'll have to be moving pretty fast to get results, which still may not be noticeable by the seat of your pants.

Happy driving,

Matt
 

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Re: Does a G-nose or whale tail help? (long)

> Wes,

> Everything I've read about aerodynamics
> leads me to believe that you won't notice
> anything with these types of mods until
> you're at speed, ie.-- 80, 100, 150 mph+,
> depending upon the body modification.

> With your particular combination, G-nose and
> whale tail, one sort of offsets the other in
> some aspects of performance enhancements.

> The g-nose will help you cut through the air
> a little easier at speed, thus a higher top
> end. Although I'm not real familiar with the
> G-nose, (does it come with modified front
> spoiler?) if it doesn't have a front spoiler
> you probabably won't realize any added
> stability at speed.

> The whale tail, on the other hand, is
> supposed to create downforce on the rear of
> the vehicle, thus added stability, at speed.
> What speed does your whale tail become
> effective???? Porsche has one that pops up
> automatically at about 50mph, I think. The
> drawback of these is that you will
> definitley increase drag, thus sacrifice top
> end. The other question that I can't answer
> is, what specific affect does your tail have
> on your z car? This can all vary depending
> on suspension, weight distribution, etc.

> They look pretty cool, so if you like it,
> don't worry too much about it. If you're
> stricktly seeking performance, then look at
> what the racers do or did with their
> particular car set-ups. I don't think I've
> ever seen a racing Z with a wale tale. In
> fact, most pictures I've seen, the really
> hot ones, usually don't have any rear
> spoiler or tail, or they are very mild,
> compared to a whale tail.

> After all this rambling, I don't know if I
> answered your questions to any satisfaction.
> Yes they do something, but you'll have to be
> moving pretty fast to get results, which
> still may not be noticeable by the seat of
> your pants.

> Happy driving,

> Matt
At this web site they talk about whale tales and lot of other stuff.www.zhome.com Then go to the part about the 280zxr(race).If you read it they say a whale tale give you 370 pound of down [email protected]
 

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Re: Does a G-nose or whale tail help? (long)

> At this web site they talk about whale tales
> and lot of other stuff.www.zhome.com Then go
> to the part about the 280zxr(race).If you
> read it they say a whale tale give you 370
> pound of down [email protected]
My 73 240 turbo would consistently break the rear wheels free under boost in a particular slow-speed sweeper (45mph). No matter what I did with technique, when the boost came on, the tail started to come around. Put a whale-tail on, and that same corner became a 60mph+ full-throttle affair. So they work at below 100 mph, and in higher speed turns, the car deels planted better. I did feel it caused the car to push a bit in the higher speed turns, but suspension tweaking has remedied that problem.
 
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