Motorsport is just that – a sport. Like most sports, it involves a team of people working together.
For a successful team, the sky is really the limit as to what they can achieve. Starting out with your track car is like having a blank canvass before you – there is no limit on your creativity in terms of what modifications you can perform. Since its also your dedicated racing machine, you can stray beyond the bounds of what The Law would consider acceptable. Let’s take a quick look at three broad categories of race tuning:
Suspension and Steering
Provided you aren’t doing something like RallyCross where your auto needs a suspension similar to the torso of Arnold Schwarzenegger to handle the terrain, there are some lovely track modifications you can do to lower your track car’s center of mass and improve handling. We fit custom suspension systems from brands such as Bilstein and Ohlins that allow you to run custom wheels and improve your vehicle’s performance where it counts the most – the corners.
Wheels and Brakes
The suspension is only as good as the wheels and tires of your race car.
Proper racing tires and wheels can make or break your race time and cornering ability. It’s crucial to have a set of dedicated track tires that we can supply and fit before each race. Additionally, we stock the latest tech in wheels; Carbon Revolution’s ultra-lightweight series. In a competitive environment, weight counts so upgrading to lighter performance rims will give you the performance edge without the associated loss of tire real estate.
Investing so much into your car shouldn’t come without security. Make sure that your brakes and steering can handle the extra horses you put under the hood. We recommend a custom Brembo system, or if you’re lucky enough to have one already a full brake inspection and fluid change before a track day.
Engine and Exhaust
The single biggest thing here for a modern track car would be the computer management system.
There is a huge range of different types of modifications available for this, from re-mapping to plug and play tuning. There are many other engine tunes that can be done – something as simple as upgrading the air filters to complex mods like custom cranks and pistons. At Foreign Affairs Motorsport we are an official supplier of Akrapovic Exhaust systems and when you aren’t limited by emissions regulations, there isn’t anything stopping you installing one of their complete custom solutions which will both improve your engine note and performance.
A racing thoroughbred is only as good as it’s team and driver. If you haven’t already, start looking at advanced driving techniques and courses. It is vital that you remain in control of your vehicle at all times and stay on top of your game. At Foreign Affairs Motorsport we are qualified, experienced and ready to help you with anything track related. There is no such thing as a stupid question, only a stupid answer.