What Are Canards & How Do They Help Your Car?

There are many ways that you can customize your car with aerodynamic add-ons. One of the most popular items is a canard. You may have heard about people adding canards to their cars for a better look and better performance, but may not know the benefits, or how they work. In this article, learn exactly what canards are and how they can benefit your vehicle.

What Are Canards?

Canards are aerodynamic pieces that are crafted to be placed on the front end of your car. They’re small triangular wings that as They’re also commonly known as dive planes or dive plates. These terms are all interchangeable and are referring to the same thing. 

Many people don’t know this, but the concept of a canard can be traced back as far as the Wright Brothers around the year 1900. The infamous Wright Flyer of 1903 was actually even called a canard biplane.

But canards have come a long way since then, and are known for their role in dialing in the exact look and functionality of some of the top-performing cars over the years.

How Do Canards Help Your Car?

As you drive your car at high speeds, you’re fighting against physics. For most cars that come standard out of the factory, their front ends are not built to be aerodynamically balanced, and therefore they don’t produce enough front downforce. That’s where canards come in.

Canards are the perfect shape (triangular) and are in the perfect position (the front bumper) to redirect the airflow that is hitting the front of the car upward, creating more downforce. Canards are often used in conjunction with other aero products such as front splitters or vortex generators for optimal effects. 

When canards are well-crafted and placed properly, they actually help a car’s performance, especially with handling and with the overall balance of a vehicle. Canards aren’t typically seen as tremendous efficiency boosters, but they are pivotal when it comes to fine-tuning a car’s handling and performance.

Another added perk of having canards on your vehicle is that they pull air from behind the tire by relieving pressure inside the fender well for a smoother ride that’s more aerodynamically optimized.

Choose the Best Canards

Here at AeroFlow Dynamics, all of our canards are top of line, and are individually and masterfully CNC’d in our factories here in the USA. The fitment is 100% guaranteed on all of our canards, so you can rest assured that they will be perfect for your vehicle.

Canards typically come in two pairs-- two for the left side of your vehicle, and two for the right. Each one is professionally powder coated gloss black, and comes pre-drilled. Even though all the hardware is included, we highly recommend professional installation. 

When you choose to use AeroFlow Dynamics canards, you're choosing high-quality, durable dive planes that will last you a long time to come. Shop now.