As true car enthusiasts, the ultimate goal is to drive our vehicles to the limit with other competitors, while also setting a good example or image for the younger car generations to come after us. The vast majority of modern track day drivers are simply interested in enjoying their high-performance street cars without having to worry about the police, pedestrians, or oblivious drivers causing unsafe driving conditions. Keeping this in mind, Bavarian Rennsport offers race track preparation services to make sure your car is dialed in no matter what type of event you are participating in whether it be Track, Drag, Autocross, or Drifting.
There are plenty of ways to go about race car preparation and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, the most important part of racing that you need is an ability to feel the car with your feet, hands, and butt. These skills can only come from time spent in the car called seat time. As nice as it is to have fancy big Brake kit, suspension upgrades or other modifications excluding than tires are simply not needed to create the profound driving skills necessary to rule the track.
There are track day modifications to suit any budget because the most important thing for beginners is to just get in the car and drive it in a controlled environment. With each round of improvements and revisions made, you can up the ante from the basic essential track day preparations to full-blown track day modifications.
For the entry-level or first-timer, we will go over the basic necessities of getting you and your vehicle onto the track safely. Part of owning a Race/Track car is the relationship we develop through the years of driving and performing general maintenance. It is critical to guarantee the job is done right the first time. With recommended OEM supplied components and by following the general maintenance schedule, your vehicle is sure to continue giving you years of enjoyment on the street or track. Below we have broken down the track day preparations we recommend to perform and the order in which we think they should be carried out from our years of experience on the track. Bavarian Rennsport will always be here to provide critical advice, service and repair for your daily driver / Track car as you begin your career and to offer the best performance parts to help your car grow alongside you for the best racing experience.
Essential Race Prep Service & Maintenance
Every critical component should be inspected because even on modern cars bolts and clips can become loose. Older cars need a very thorough check because time and vibration may cause parts to weaken or vibrate off the car. It’s crucial to check the tightness of brake caliper bolts, engine mounts, gearbox mounts, the exhaust, subframe mountings, the steering rack, and all the other suspension fixings. You will be putting this car through the works and the last thing that you want is something to fail while on the track. If you skip this important step you will start to discover that parts are missing and can cause a catastrophic failure while driving and it could bring your track day to a halt.
The next essential race prep step for your vehicle is a thorough service, including engine oil, gearbox, differential, brakes, and the vehicle’s cooling system. Using fluids that are more tuned to harsh or high-performance use will keep your car running at an optimal performance level.
Make sure your tires are in good condition. If it’s your first track day then the chances are you won’t wear them down very much, but it’s still important to have some tread left at the end of the day, especially if you plan on driving your car home. The next important tire subject is (PSI) pressures are critical to the way a car handles, and a lot of fine tuning can be done to suit your racing style and the weather conditions.
The front suspension ‘toe’ angle can also be tweaked to adjust the turn-in (the initial reaction to a steering input). Most street cars are set to be slightly slow to react which makes it a bit safer for the average driver. Since we are using the vehicle for a track application A small amount of toe-in usually sharpens up the response but can make the car a bit more twitchy in the turns.
Brakes take a hammering on track and heat is their biggest enemy. The easiest modification is to fit race styled brake pads and just as importantly racing brake fluid which will help prevent fade. If you go with a racing style fluid always remember, it has to be changed more often than ordinary road fluid and should be checked before every event. It is also common to remove any guards and other obstructions to free airflow around the brake discs. If after that you still have fade then ducting fresh air from the front of the car using heat-resistant tubing pointing at the middle of the discs may help. Some people get fresh air in by removing the fog lights from the front apron and ducting the tube into the hole.
Exhaust / Intake
Although we’ve suggested the engine should not be tuned, there is something to be said for fitting a sporty exhaust and air intake. This may make a very small improvement to power but a single-box exhaust will weigh less and a cold-air intake kit can improve power slightly and tidy up the engine bay a bit. And, of course, if nothing else will make your car sound faster! But watch those noise limits – there’s nothing more frustrating than being turned away for noise.
You might consider fitting a good seat and harness to hold you in securely as you throw the car around the track. Being more directly connected to the car gives a better feel, but seats are a very personal thing so it’s worth trying a few out before buying.
Simplify and add lightness by Stripping out unnecessary weight is the next step, as this will improve performance and give your consumables and suspension an easier time too. But don’t get too hung up on it at this stage. As a rough guide removing less than 10 percent of the car’s original weight is not noticeable. So just remove things you really don’t need, like the back seat, spare wheel, carpet, and sound-deadening material.
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