At Fairfield County Motorsport we have some specific philosophies regarding
how a car should be prepared for its intended usage.
Stock Street Cars
Whether your vehicle is basic transportation, a luxury car, or a sports car it should
be maintained to the manufacturers standards or higher. That means using the correct
fluids, high quality replacement parts, and the correct diagnostic tools. It also
means taking care during servicing so that little things don't get missed and cause
bigger problems later.
High Performance Street Cars and Vintage Cars
A vehicle with more sporting intent, unmodified, lightly modified or highly modified
requires more intensive maintenance. The same goes for a vintage car whether it
has been restored or not. Such vehicles require the technician to be more cognizant
of trouble spots. When modifying or caring for these more specialized vehicles only
the best independent service specialists can provide the services required. The
simple reason for this is enthusiasm and excellence. A high performance vehicle
needs to be maintained by a specialist who enjoys working with such excellent machinery
and has a reputation for quality. Again the same goes for vintage machinery.
Progression of Modifications for the Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Assess vehicle for proper running and perform all required maintenance to bring
vehicle up to perfect mechanical condition. Special attention should be paid to
suspension, brakes, wheels and tires.
Begin modifications with safety enhancements. Fire extinguisher, proper seating
and harnesses, roll cage or roll bar optional. Sports or racing seats are usually
very comfortable and greatly reduce driver fatigue both on and off the track especially
when coupled with proper 5 point harnesses. Some penalty will be required with respect
toward ingress and egress.
- Wheels and Tires
Modify the vehicle from the wheels up, not from the engine down. Start with high
quality, high performance or possibly DOT R compound tires, also possibly a new
set of larger diameter and/or wider wheels. When purchasing wheels consider the
environment that they will be used in. A strong, lightweight, and repairable wheel
usually means a 3 piece forged aluminum wheel, these can easily cost $3000 and up.
A max performance tires or a racing tires will give you the single biggest performance
upgrade, they will simultaneously increase cornering power, braking performance,
- Alignment and suspension upgrades
A street car's greatest weakness on the racetrack or autocross course is usually
the suspension. Great care must be taken when modifying the suspension of a dual-purpose
car. It is very easy to make the car too stiff to be comfortable on the street.
It is also easy to mess up the handling balance by making the car too low, using
incorrectly rated springs, incorrectly valved shock absorbers, or having mismatched
springs and shocks. Similar care must be taken with the alignment. An overly aggressive
alignment will quickly wear out tires on the street; an alignment that is not aggressive
enough will cause poor handling and worn tires at the track.
Brake pad compounds may be upgraded to full on racing compounds, for heavy cars
or cars with weak brakes a brake system upgrade should be considered. The benefits
of a brake upgrade are increased longevity and more stable performance over time.
- Power enhancements
Great power can be attained however it must be done while preserving drivability
and reliability. The major factor here is cost. Exponentially the more power created
the more it costs per horsepower.
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