How to Prepare Your Car and Wheels for a Race

You will see that during any races on television the crew changing the tyres quite often. Racing puts a lot of strain on the car and the wheels. Why is that?

Speed causes most of the components to heat up quicker than during a normal drive. The pistons have to move faster pushing the crank to move faster. It is important to make sure that the right amount of lubrication is present between these mechanisms. The oil keeps the components moving smoothly. If there is no smooth movement present you are in danger of causing the components to wear out.

Anything that is worn away inside the engine has to be completely replaced. Always make sure that there is oil in the engine. It’s also important to make sure that the cooling parts are up to standard. If the engine does not cool down it could blow up or melt from the intense heat.

Have you never noticed that racers take a couple of laps before the actual race starts? The warming up of the tyres is an important part of racing. The hotter the tyres are during the race the faster the car will go because of the lack of friction present. It’s wise to make sure that when you start a race you change those tyres because of the wear they will endure. Wear will unbalance the car slightly making it difficult to handle.

Racing wheels don’t have a tread or have a very shallow tread with very low side walls. The suspension is low because of the small amount of air that has to surround it to make it aerodynamic. Getting the shocks checked is also important. Remember that with a lower suspension the car will less likely be able to drive over humps because of the lack of absorption of force.

Make sure that your wheels have been balanced and aligned. The forces the car goes through during a race are incredibly strenuous. An unbalanced tyre will cause you to lose control of the car. Around extreme turns the wheel and axle will end up failing on you thus causing the car to flip over.

Races tend to do ten times the damage a normal drive would do because of speed, heat and forces applied to the wheels. Your tyre and wheel wholesaler will be able to put the correctly fitted tyres and wheels on your car before a race along with the correct balancing and alignment.

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