How to make your road car racing ready

Automotive

The idea of racing cars, foot flat, the accelerator down to the floor and the revs climbing steadily towards the red is an idea that excites many people. There is nothing quite like the feel of two cars going all out to get the better of each other, the drivers pushing their machines to the limit. It is obviously not something that is either legal or encouraged on the open road, but on a track, it is great fun, highly recommended and a great day out. In order to get the most out of your car if you do go to the track you might need to make a few modifications – nothing that will render your car unroadworthy, just a few tweaks and changes to ensure you have the edge over your rivals. Here are some tips and ideas.

Clutch is important

The clutch is a very important element in differentiating race cars from road cars. Because the clutch is the component that handles the transmission of power from the engine to the wheels it needs to be able to handle the power and deliver maximum output if you are going to race. A simple online search for something like, ‘corvette racing clutch kit’ should be enough to get you going in the right direction. The benefits will be felt immediately, and your racing rivals won’t know what has hit them. This is potentially a job that you can do yourself as well. Also remember, to race you need to be driving a manual, automatics are not the way to go and you certainly don’t want to be messing around with their gears or clutch kits.

Spark plugs

Here is a very simple improvement that anyone can make. If you want your car to perform better, then make sure that it has the best spark plugs possible. Good sparks translate to better combustion which in turn translate to more power. So, clean the set that you have or, better yet, buy a new set of high-quality plugs and stand by for action. If you have never changed the plugs in your car, now is the time to learn. It is a very simple procedure and if you are going to race then you should become comfortable tinkering under the hood and making the tweaks required to generate maximum performance.

Grip

Find ways to maximise the grip that your car has on the road. This can be done by fitting good, racing quality tyres for a start. It can then be aided by the installation of a spoiler or air-foil – which is what you see on Formula One cars. These are not all beneficial though as, while a spoiler creates down force, helping the car stick to the road and change direction when at speed, it does impact negatively on the vehicle’s aerodynamics. That means you need to decide on what sort of compromise you are prepared to make. A slightly less aerodynamically efficient car or a cars that has more manoeuvrability at high speeds.