Why Use Carbon Thermoplastic As Your Front Splitter?

March 12, 2024 by
Why Use Carbon Thermoplastic As Your Front Splitter?
Eric Hazen

Splitters are vital in your aerodynamic setup as they generate a great deal of front-end downforce. Picking the right front splitter material is important to achieve your desired performance. Explore the available options and see why carbon thermoplastic is at the top of the list.

What Is Commonly Used As A Front Splitter Material?

Toyota Supra MK5 with aftermarket front splitter and dive planes

The carbon fiber thermoplastic front splitter on this Toyota Supra MK5 is lighter, more durable, and stronger than other options.

You need a front splitter material that is light, strong, and durable since the part is so close to the ground. It needs to be able to withstand occasional impacts or abrasions. There are a wide variety of materials used to fabricate splitters, including the following:

  • Plywood: This is a common choice among DIYers due to its low cost. While regular plywood is heavy and will fall apart when wet, there are marine-grade options that avoid delamination by using waterproof glue. Even so, this is a heavy, less-than-ideal choice for a splitter.
  • ABS: Plastic with a good strength-to-weight ratio, but it can be brittle and a little heavy.
  • Aluminum: Regular sheet aluminum is generally too heavy and has a sharp leading edge, which is not ideal for a splitter. It can also grab the ground and fold underneath the car, causing damage.
  • Alumalite: Commonly used for street signs, this material has two thin layers of aluminum with a hollow plastic core. It has a decent strength-to-weight ratio but is still less durable than other options.
  • Synthetic fibers: Materials like Kevlar and carbon fiber are light and strong. While Kevlar is more common in clothing like bullet-proof vests, carbon fiber is often seen in automotive, marine, and aerospace applications.
  • Carbon thermoplastic: This specially designed material offers an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and serves as a stiff and light alternative to other commonly used splitter materials. The material is abrasion-resistant, bulletproof, and does not shatter or bend like lesser materials.

Why Carbon Thermoplastic Is A Top Choice

Front splitter kit for the Toyota Supra

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Utilized in the highest forms of motorsports like IndyCar, F1, and NASCAR, carbon thermoplastic has a superior tensile strength compared to other options. In other words, it can withstand higher levels of stress without breaking. Here are a few more reasons why it’s a preferred choice:

  • Carbon thermoplastic is not brittle, so you won’t have issues with cracking like with carbon fiber and ABS.
  • It won’t grab and bend under cars like aluminum.
  • It abrades and handles impacts well without a reduction in performance or appeal.

If you’re looking for a strong, light, durable, and good-looking material for your front splitter, carbon thermoplastic is one of your best choices for quality.

Purchase High-Performance Front Splitters From Verus Engineering

If you’re looking to lower track times with some of the best performance parts on the market, turn to the experts at Verus Engineering. We utilize high-end materials like carbon thermoplastic to create components that perform well and last longer than other alternatives. Shop our online store today and explore everything we have to offer. In addition to our top-end components, you’ll find step-by-step instructions and video tutorials to help with your modifications.

Why Use Carbon Thermoplastic As Your Front Splitter?
Eric Hazen March 12, 2024
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