What kinds of things should you actually look at if you want your car to have a successful day at the track? There are ways to go about optimizing your car for the track, and it need not cost an arm and a leg. With every round of revisions and improvements, your car will be ready to go whenever you want to test it out at the track.
- Essential preparation tips: Typically, cars have plenty of performance right out of the box. However, to avoid an embarrassing melting incident, or completely falling apart since it will spend a few hours at its peak performance levels, there are a few things you should take care of. To start off with, a thorough spa day should be performed, if you will. Servicing the differential, the gearbox, the cooling system, brakes, and replacing fluids with ones more suited to the track life will help you reach top performance at the track and know of anything that might be wrong on the car before pushing it too hard. Inspect everything. New or old, components and fittings can be worn or loose. Vibration and time are the enemies of every car, at the track or not. Cars endure a lot of wear and tear without accounting for fun track days.
- Check your tires: Track days, although much fun, can cause a lot of wear on tires. Both tire treads and pressure should be optimized to your preferences, and you should have enough tread to get the car home. Something such as an alignment could be used to adjust the camber of the tires, and help you turn your best at the track.
- Suspension alterations: Another way to adjust the turn is to adjust your toe angle. We don’t mean the angle on your foot. We are talking about the toe angle of the front suspension, which can be altered to your preferences for the car’s reaction to the steering input. Many cars will be stock with slower reactions, for safety purposes when driving daily. An adjustment of the front suspension, while it can make your turn reaction much tighter, can also make for much twitchier normal driving.
- Upgrades without breaking the bank: Odds are, if you’re at the track, you’re probably there as a hobby. Most readers of this are not professional racers. For modest investments of about 500 to 1000 pounds, many upgrades can add to your track day experience. New tires,reducing the weight of the car via lighter frame pieces or internal components like a battery, or even decorative additions are fun ways to up your track day experience. Whatever modification you make, internal or external, it is best to do a test run to help you fine tune the car to your preferences, if you’ll be the one in the car on the track.
- Increasing your cool factor: Literally, the cooling factor of the car is imperative to look over for a track day. Upgrading the cooling system, or the fans can help with performance. You want everything to be as reliable as possible, so taking preventative measures to increase system efficiency will help your car perform better on the track. Think of the enormous amount of heat created by pushing the car to its peak performance. A reliable cooling system will ensure that nothing melts, warps or suffers other damage. Many stock systems aren’t up to this kind of task. Sometimes, you can even add vents to the hood to help the heat dissipate.
Going to the track is an exciting way to test out your car. Track days provide safe environments for cars to compete with each other, and just to see what the car can actually do. Make sure that your car is track ready by following some of the tips above.