December 28, 2020
Track Cars, Track Days
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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