Turning Your Street Car Into a Track Car: What To Know

Turning Your Street Car Into a Track Car: What To Know

Are you interested in racing and entering your car into some competitions? With just a few vehicle modifications, you can do it! Below, we’ll explain what you need to know about turning your street car into a track car.

First, You Need the Right Car

Before you get started fine-tuning and enhancing your vehicle’s performance, you’ll want to ensure you have the right model for racing. Not every sport or performance car is built to hit the track with the right upgrades. Some of the favored street cars that tuners love to upgrade for the track include:

  • Mazda Miata
  • Toyota Supra
  • Honda Civic
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Ford Mustang

You Need a Real Racing Seat

While we’ll largely focus on what your car needs to perform at the highest level, don’t overlook what you need to control and handle your new performance vehicle. A high-quality racing seat is necessary for any driver looking to take their car from the streets to the circuit track. A real racing seat doesn’t just look the part; it also helps the driver grip the wheel better, offers superior support, and keeps the body in place when the lateral g-forces of high-speed racing want to shift you all over the place.

Give the Car a Performance Boost

While most street-legal sports cars have plenty of high-powered performance capabilities under the hood, it doesn’t hurt to give it a little boost to fly around the track. There are many simple and affordable ways to increase your car’s performance, like installing a cold air intake, replacing the exhaust manifold, and installing a throttle adjuster. But there are also things to consider when adding power to your engine, like the strain on your car’s clutch.

The Car Needs Proper Tires

You’ll need some high-quality performance tires to keep your car glued to the track as you zip around corners at high speed. Regular street tires won’t give you much grip on a racing track, hurting your speed and making driving dangerous. There are plenty of performance tires out there for drivers to choose from, each with unique advantages; if you’re unsure what’s best for you, ask the tire specialist about what’s best for track racing.

Upgrade the Suspension

Drivers also shouldn’t forget about the suspension, as it’s critical to their car’s handling when driving at high speeds around the track. Without high-performance and track-quality suspension parts like strut bars, shock absorbers, and a sway bar, your car will be a mess to handle around the corners. Some high-performance street cars already have fantastic suspensions, but if you have a more middle-of-the-road model, you may consider making upgrades.

Those are the big things to know about turning your street car into a track car. While it may seem like a sizable investment and project, many cars can be track-ready with just a few improvements. Good luck making the jump from the road to the circuit!

Sue

Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.