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Race Cars for Sale: a step-by-step buyer guide

January 10, 2021 / 3 Comments / 336 / Track Cars
Race Cars for Sale - a step-by-step buyer guide

So your looking for race cars for sale and want to buy your dream Track Car? Great! Let’s have a look at a basic checklist to make sure your dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

1. Define your buying criteria

It might seem like a logical first step, but define for yourselfwhat your objective is with the car. Casual track day or competition driving? Does it need to be road legal to drive to the track? Which tracks will you be driving on? Do you have a preference for a specific brand? What setup will you be using, wet or dry? How many seats do you need in the car?

Basic questions, but we suggest to make a list of your buying criteria before going “shopping”.

2. Race cars for sale? Ask professional help!

A professional racing driver or mechanic can help you avoid a bad purchase. Their experience will give you the opportunity to make a good mechanical and professional decision.

3. Look at maintenance costs

When looking at race cars for sale, a lot of people focus on the purchase price and not the overall running cost. Sometimes it is better to spend a little more when buying the car to avoid higher running costs afterwards. New brakes, new tyres,… They all cost a little more in the beginning, but avoid high costs afterwards.

Also look at the second hand spare parts market. Do spare parts come cheap and easy to find when you encounter damage?

Last but not least, take a look at the engine and make a list of the modifications that have been made. The more your engine is modified, the higher the maintenance cost. Lots of Track Day enthousiasts chose a standard factory engine without modifications to start with.

4. Check the typical wear parts

When inspecting a track car, you should always look at the typical wear parts. These parts show potential short term costs you need to take into account and also give an indication on how the engineering of the car has been done. For example, parts to inspect are brakes, tyres, suspension, fuel & water pump and transmission.

5. Manual vs Automatic transmission

Look into the transmission question as well. Automatic transmissions are ideal for rookie Track Day drivers but also very costly when they brake. On the other hand, manual transmissions are less expensive but require a higher skill when driving.

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Race Track Car: how to build your own?

December 28, 2020 / 3 Comments / 490 / Track Cars, Track Days
Race Track Car - how to build your own

When building a proper race track car, you need to take into account different characteristics. Moreover, this depends on your budget, preferences and objectives.

For instance, at Wheels after Work we apply the DMS principle when building a Race Track Car: finding a good balance between Design, Maintenance costs and Safety.

Design: what makes our heart beat faster?

  • Wide Body Kit
    Making a car wider immediately changes the appearance of the car. Therefore, have a look on the internet for a wide body kit for your track car to see what’s available on the market.

  • Lower Suspension
    Track cars need a lower center of gravity to improve handling. Never the less, lowering a car also enhances the way it looks.

  • Motorsport Wheels
    Lightweight wheels for track usage can make or break your car in terms of design. In other words, take your time to search for the ideal wheels to make a real head turner.

  • Sportive Livery
    Look for a sticker set or livery kit to make your track car look more sportive. For instance, track cars often have logo’s of their sponsors on the car or the parts they are using.

  • Exhaust Noise
    Admit it, nothing beats a growling exhaust noise. In other words, think about exhaust modifications but take into account the decibel track limits in your country.

Maintenance costs: how to keep your race track car affordable?

  • Stock Engine
    We all want to go fast, but tuning your engine also requires higher maintenance costs and will put your factory engine to the test. Keeping your standard engine setup will increase the lifetime of your race track car and limit unexpected costs.

  • Additional Cooling Features
    Face it, your Race Track Car will not be driven the same way as you would on a public road. The track car will be taken to its mechanical limits. Therefore, additional cooling features such as air vents are a good way to keep your car’s temperature under control.

  • Wrap instead of Paint
    You have to face reality, there will be a moment in the future where you will encounter some damage. Never the less, it is important that you can repair the car at the lowest cost. Using a wrap to design your car instead of a paint job is much cheaper in repair.

Safety: what is needed for optimal safety?

  • Roll Cage
    One of the most important safety features is an FIA approved roll cage. The roll cage protects you in case of an accident and also improves the car’s handling. Make sure to have the roll cage installed by a professional.

  • Bucket Seats with head protection
    Finding a bucket seat is easy, but don’t be cheap in this area. Look for a bucket seat with enough head protection to ensure an increased safety level. Your helmet will bring a first level of protection but having a second layer of safety is always a good idea.

  • Racing Harness
    After finding your bucket seat, make sure to invest in a proper Racing Harness. Racing Harnesses are an important part of your car due to the high velocities involved in the sport. They make sure you are strapped in firmly and in case of an accident protect your body from injuries.

  • Brake upgrade
    Last but not least, upgrading your brakes is a crucial safety feature. Whilst racing on track, the temperature of the brakes will drastically increase and factory equipment will not do the job properly. Invest in steel brake lines, dot 5.1 brake fluid and racing brake pads that can handle these extreme circumstances.

Inspiration: Building your own Race Track Car

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