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Wing Wednesday: the wildest car spoilers, splitters and other awesome aero at Geneva

Published: 07 March 2018

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If there was one rich vein of curiosity we noticed at the 2018 Geneva motor show, it was that massive aerodynamic wings are more popular than ever as the latest racing tech filters through the car industry. Recession? What recession... 

It seemed like everyone was out to win at wings, from niche hypercar builders like Techrules to outlandish tuners like Liberty Walk, including many mainstream car makers along the way. This year we've seen genuine technological advancement too - in particular with the Zenvo TSR-S and its patent-pending idea for a wing that moves in two axes for better downforce distribution over the rear axle. It's clever stuff, explained in full here

Anyway, we digress. Here are our picks of the downforce-developing denizens from this year's show:

Aston Martin AMR Vantage GTE

Aston Martin AMR Vantage GTE

With victory in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in its sights, this Vantage is going to need all the aero it can get. Find out whether this wing will cut it at the car's race debut at Spa in May 2018. 

Liberty Walk's Nissan GT-R

Liberty Walk Nissan GTR

Possibly among the most striking wings - especially from this angle - was bolted to Liberty Walk's GT-R. With many owners of tuned R35s boasting over 2000bhp from their boosted engines, more downforce will probably come in quite handy.

Pininfarina H2 Speed

Pininfarina HK GT

A concept styled by Italians with Hong Kong-led engineering, the H2 Speed was originally launched as a concept back at the 2016 Geneva show. This time around it's confirmed as a limited-run 12-unit production model, retaining its electric fuel cell powertrain. It's here, however, because of its LMP1 looks and in particular that terrific wing. 

Cupra E-Racer

Cupra E-Racer

This new electric touring car concept arrives just as the Cupra brand is trying to distance itself from the rest of the Seat range. It might look a bit like a Leon, but it's actually rear-wheel drive, which is probably why it needs a rear wing of such startling proportions. Spoilsports...

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

It's fair to say this was one of the biggest splashes at the Geneva show, and not just because of its huge wing. The return of the Supra badge means much to many car fans who've been deprived a frenetic GT Toyota since the Mk4's production ended in Japan in 2002. The firm's people have stated a road car will follow. Big wings await... 

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The GT3 RS is back again, and its back sports this double-decker wing in case you were in any doubt as to its on-track talents. We're also very pleased to note that wonderful motor's redline is a heady 9000rpm: it'll sound as mad as it looks. Especially in this devil's green...

Zenvo TSR-S

Zenvo TSR-S

This radical rear wing is a fascinating piece of engineering because it can move in two axes, acting as an airbrake but also able to improve the distribution of downforce across both back wheels when cornering. They've applied for a patent on this new technology - we can't wait to try it out for size.

Liberty Walk's Lamborghini Aventador

Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador

Liberty Walk's second entry is this extreme Lambo, which has aero addenda plastered everywhere. It's not clear whether all - or any - of this additional bodywork has any meaningful affect on aerodynamics, though. At a guess, we'd be surprised... 

Techrules Ren RS

Techrules Ren RS

A single-seat racing evolution of the three-perch road car we saw 12 months ago. Power comes from your choice of one or two turbines feeding electric generators, making the RS ever less conventional. Just remember you might need a separate parking space (or pitlane garage) to accommodate that HUGE rear wing.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

Laptimes 'to rival recent F1 cars'. That's quite a statement, but with the package of engine and aero upgrades this circuit-only Valkyrie has over the standard road car, it isn't unbelievable. It even wears smaller 18-inch Le Mans-spec wheels. And the mother of all wings, obvs.

McLaren Senna GTR

McLaren Senna GTR

This 75-unit special edition of the already-bonkers Senna isn't even road-legal. We're promised more grip, downforce and power - but that's academic since they're all sold anyway. You could slice your Sunday veg with that rear diffuser...

Pal-V Liberty

Pal-V Liberty

The Pal-V sort of had to win this, given it's an ACTUAL flying car. Sure, it uses a rotor rather than fixed wings, but we still reckon this vehicle has capacity to disrupt more air than almost anything else at Geneva. 

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By Gareth Evans

Contributor, historic racer and associate editor on our sister website Parkers.co.uk

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