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Thread: Windshield pros and cons on the track from performance perspective

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    Max, thank you for that post. You have saved us from doing this comparison ourselves. Very helpful.

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    Wow! That is huge!

    Thank you so much for that info, Max!

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    No problem. Visualize the high speed air (120+mph) spilling across the dash area which then slams into the seats/passengers/firewall/rollbar area.
    With the windshield installed,the air is directed around these obstructions, gracefully. Less turbulence, less drag,and added downforce. IMG_6584.jpg It's really is just a big added wing you can look through...
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    Real good info Max. I am sold. Curious, did you have the side panels on during these runs?

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    Yes,side panels on. Same reason: less aero drag,and..yes,I have done on/off runs with the panels. It's not as dramatic as the windshield,but the side panels are good for about 1/2-1mph on the top end. I like the side panels anyway as they keep debris out of the cockpit.(The front tires throw a LOT of stuff at you when using sticky track rubber.)
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    Max, after reading your posts on the subject and seeing the cost is not as high as I was led to believe I will be putting the windshield back on for the next track day. Now I just have to make sure my instructors keep their mitts off the thing when getting into and out of the car because if used as a hand hold as I have heard that they can break if too much force is applied to it unless of course you have experimented with that aspect as well and found that not to be true. LOL

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    I'm sure if someone used the windshield as a handle to get in/out with some force,it may break,but I don't believe they are as delicate as you would think. It's actually not a good support point for entry/exit and most use the roll bar hoop for support or the side rail. When I first installed the glass,I was a little paranoid about it breaking,but after so many years of use and watching stuff bounce off it,I am convinced of its durability. The factory did a good job of designing it.
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