#Groundeffects PHOENIX, AZ

What is a Body Kit?


Body kits, also referred to as ground effects, are a popular automotive upgrade that not only enhance the style of your ride, they also provide some performance enhancements at the track. A body kit is essentially a set of modified parts which can be installed on a stock car, truck, or SUV. There is a wide selection of body kits that range from a few components to a complete vehicle lower body replacement. Most body kits are composed of front and rear bumpers, spoilers, and side skirts. Occasionally a body kit will also include roof scoops and rear side guards.

Body kit components are designed and manufactured so they complement each other to create a complete kit design which is where the word kit originates from. Many people choose to incorporate a mix and match approach for their upgrade where they choose different components they like best rather than purchasing a single kit from a manufacturer. At Apex Customs Phoenix, we can accommodate either approach by helping you source the best kit options for your vehicle so you can choose from a range of options.

Body Kit Design and Material

Body kit design is inspired by the look and functionality of the body panel refinements that are typically seen on race cars. The kits are generally manufactured from either polyurethane or fiberglass and in some cases carbon fiber. Fiberglass is the most common material due to its affordability and market availability. However, fiberglass is prone to cracking and damage upon impact so keep that in mind when comparing your ground effects options. Polyurethane is a good material for body kits due to its flexibility and higher resistance to damage. Carbon fiber is the superior material for body kit manufacturing however, it’s rare due to its cost.

Body Kit’s and Automotive Performance

Automotive enthusiasts are always looking for ways to boost performance and gain the edge at the track. Beyond the appearance improvements a body kit provides your ride, there are a few performance benefits to consider as well. Here are just a few of the performance gains a body kit will provide.

Improved Aerodynamics

Aerodynamics are a key consideration when you’re looking to boost the performance of your vehicle. A body kit will help to decrease wind resistance while simultaneously increasing downforce so your car can hug the road while cutting through the air. Drag is the enemy of speed. When your vehicle has high wind resistance, your engine is forced to work harder and burn more fuel. The shape and dynamics of your vehicle’s body will impact the performance of a car. A simple lip kit or air duct will improve your vehicle’s wind resistance and improve the performance of your vehicle at the track without breaking the bank.

Better Fuel Economy

While most people looking to boost the performance of their vehicle aren’t too concerned with fuel mileage, a day at the track can get expensive without some consideration of your fuel consumption. Luckily the same aerodynamics benefits that will provide you with a boost in performance, will also help you in the fuel savings department. When your vehicle has reduced drag, your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to cut through the air which results in improvements in the miles you can drive per gallon.

Improved Handling

Have you ever noticed your car, truck, or SUV will start to shake and become unstable at high speeds? This is a common issue that occurs when your vehicle is experiencing high wind resistance and drag. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance or race car, you’ll experienced how it feels glued to the road. The reason for the difference in handling is due to better aerodynamics and downforce which allows your vehicle to cut through the walls of resistance. Body kits and ground effect will force the air to move around your vehicle rather than underneath. When high amounts of wind are drawn underneath your car, it has the effect of lifting your car off the road causing the instability. The increased downforce provided by a body kit will provide a stable, controlled ride, even around corners at high speeds.