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TEG's right, those 1' x 1.5" plastic airdams directly in front of each front wheel are called front tire spats. According to a Toyota ad for the MR2 Spyder, spats move air away from turbulent wheelwells and reroute it under the the car. It's not much of a stretch to reason that turbulence in conventional wheelwells (as opposed to rear-relieved, see Ferrari F40 front wheelwells) are pressure risers, effectively pushing the car off the ground. Spats keep the pressurized air spilling off the front lower lip from churning into the wheelwells. There are also tiny spats for the rear wheels, but they're significantly more outboard than the fronts, which leads me to believe that they're meant to reduce the amount of air that can be churned into the wheelwells from the side of the car.

[This message has been edited by DtEW (edited October 16, 2000).]
 
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