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    Default Trackday car setup - Questions and Answers and general info thread

    Thought this could be an essential guide of things to do/add/remove for ameture track goers and or air field wannabes...

    Things to consider...
    1. all fluids topped up and of good clean quality
    2. at least the front brakes are in good condition or uprated
    3. oil cooler
    4. get you noise level down! (decat for the track wont take long)
    5. camber arms and a geo setup
    6. big intercooler when needed
    7. a must have! i'd get a strut mounted towing eye so if it comes to it (hope it wouldn't) your bumper wont get broken!
    8. Decent radiator (many cars benefit of having this uprated).
    9. A simple set of tools (inc Jack, spare wheel, spanners/sockets and of course the infamous zip ties, etc).
    10. Fuel can to see you to the nearest fuel station.
    11. All caps (oil, radiator PAS etc all suited for the power your running and well secured).
    12. 5.1 brake fluid is pretty much the best option for the majority of cars.
    13. A master brake stopper is cheap and easy to fit on most models so a good idea if you can.
    14. And inevitably - theres LOADS that can be removed from the car while on track (the list is almost endles but some of the easy options...) but the easiest is everything listed like tools, jack etc, then spare wheel, seats if viable.

    its better to get the car's handling better because they are ok on the strait's, as for the hicas just see how it feels first time? it gets mixed feelings, let me know when you going to do a track day and ill try come watch.

    And some content borrowed from another site:
    Track day Preparation

    • Preparing your car before you go out on a track day is very important. You will be driving your car harder and faster for much longer on a track day than you would be able to on public roads.
    • You need to make sure that your car is working properly and all set up for the extra strains it will be put under. You will be revving your engine higher, driving more quickly and braking much harder and later. Therefore the last thing you want is there to be any problems that could affect your enjoyment of the day, or even cut the day short.
    • It is worth checking your car over fully at least a week before you plan on going on your track day. This will give you time to sort out any problems that you may find.
    • The most important and easiest things to check are the tyres, brakes, oil and water, which is really just basic maintenance
    • Some specialist garages and tuners will provide a service to check your car over before a trackday and is money well spent. Having the engine oil changed and the brake fluid changed if it has not been done in the past year is worthwhile.

    Tyres

    • On track days, it is reccommended to increase the pressure in the tyres. This increases the sidewall stiffness and helps to keep the tyre in shape, reducing tyre edge wear and increasing grip.
    • It is worth asking other experianced owners what tyre pressure they find works best for a similar car and tyre size.
    • You should make sure that your tyres have a sufficient ammount of tread on them to both allow you to enjoy your trackday and also drive home afterwards.
    • Some drivers have a set of track wheels and tyres that they put on their car for track days. These may be road tyres, road legal semi slicks, or full slicks. It should be noted that many race tracks will not allow full slicks, unless you have a roll cage fitted.

    Brakes

    • Your cars brakes will be put under much greater stress and wear on a track day. You will be braking hard from high speeds as you drve around the circuit. This will make the brake pads and disks run at a very high temperature and will increase the wear rate.
    • It is very important to make sure that your brakes are up to the job of a full track day as it is not going to be ideal to be having to change brake pads at the circuit.
    • It could be worth fitting new brake pads and bedding them in before your track day and then taking the used ones with you as spares. This gives you a back up if they should wear out and also, the pads will already be bedded in.
    • It is worthwhile fitting some heavier duty brake pads, of a type that are also OK to use on the road. EBC Yellowstuff brake pads work well, with a good bite from cold and work well on track too. If you drive a heavy high power car, then you may need to look at Performance Friction pads and although these do cost a lot more, they last a long time.
    • Another important tip to remember with regards to the brakes is when you want to come back into the pits after your session, it is important to drive a slower cooling down lap avoiding using the brakes if possible. This gives the brakes a chance to cool down before you come to a stop.
    • When you get back into the pits, DO NOT put your handbrake on. Leave the brakes to cool down for a bit. Turn the engine off and leave the car in gear, or choke one of the wheels. If you put the handbrake straight on you could find that the brake pads stick to the disk when you come to remove the handbrake.

    Oil

    • The oil in the engine is what keeps it running smoothly, if you don't have any oil in your engine then you are going to be in trouble and likely to cause the engine some serious damage.
    • You should check the oil is at the correct levels in the engine, as it is going to be working much harder and it could use up more oil. It is also worth taking a spare bottle with the same grade oil in just in case you find that the oil level does drop during the day
    • Make sure that your car is on level ground when you check the oil, so that you get an accurate reading.
    • Obviously every car is different and some may need more oil and some may not. A good time to check would be after your first session out on track and then at intervals throughout the day.
    • Also make sure you do not overfill the oil, but keep it near the maximum level.

    Engine

    • The engine is what powers the car so is basically what is doing all the work. Although you don't need to, if you have been out on a session the engine will be very hot when you come back into the pits.
    • It is reccommended to open the bonnet and allow cool air to circulate around it.
    • It is a good time to have a quick look around for any coolant leaks and check drive belts etc.

    Lights

    • You should make sure that they all work, especially the brake lights, as this lets a following driver know when you have reached your individual braking point.
    • You may be required when going on a track day to tape your lights up, this is just a safety measure in case there are any accidents and helps to keep the lights intact and avoid dropping any glass/plastic from the lights onto the circuit that could puncture tyres.

    Exhaust

    • Race tracks have sound levels that they must abide by due to local regulations. This is because residents may live near to the circuit and sound restrictions will apply.
    • Most standard car exhausts will be fine but if you have an after market exhaust that is much louder it is worth getting it's sound level checked before going on your track day.
    • If your exhaust exceeds the sound decibels permitted you will not be allowed to go on track, or you may be Black flagged and brought in for a check.
    • Some car owners keep a quite exhaust system just to use on race tracks. Exhaust bungs are not very effective. Although they may pass the relevent noise level, they reduce engine power somewhat.

    Fuel

    • On a track day you are going to use fuel up at a faster rate than you will do on the road as your engine is going to be revving much higher and working harder.
    • Fuel is available at some tracks and if it isn't then you have the option to bring a petrol can with some spare in or even drive out to a local petrol station if there is one close.
    • If fuel is available at the track, it may not be of the same high octane that you normally use, so it is best to check with the circuit beforehand.

    Inside the car

    • Anything inside the car that is not fixed down should be removed as potentially they could become missiles in the car or obstruct you. So anything, such as pens, air freshener, cans, maps, CD's & cases etc. should be removed from the car before you get out on track. Even the smallest of things could put you off and take your concentration away from your driving which you don't want!
    • It is worth considering removing the spare wheel and tools. You will probably find there is a safe place to store things at the circuit.

    Tool Kit

    • It is worth bringing a basic tool kit just in case you find you have anything that you need to fix or adjust.
    • It is worth also bringing a tyre pressure gauge and also a pump for the tyres too.
    • Cable ties and a roll of duct tape / carpet tape is worth bringing for those temporary repairs!



    Just a start - please add your input

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    er, camera!

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    From our "trackday box" of goodies:

    1: Electric tyre pump - Some people say you need to pump a little higher pressure for the track. I say you should get the basic road pressure correct and let the harder track usage push your temps up. You'll have a better feel for what the car will do if you don't go moving the goal posts.

    2: Spare brake fluid - especially with grooved discs, you'll wear down your pads, which might cause your brake fluid reservoir warning light come on.

    3: Spare engine oil - higher temps mean thinner oil, which means it is more likely to escape somewhere - you don't want oil starvation under hard cornering.

    4: Wet wipes - if you _do_ have to do any pit-lane mechanics, you'll get filthy and so will your tools.

    5: Cheque book - the last resort. Good for paying a tow-truck, tyre van, or for instructor sessions.

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    Cash for the burger van, chocolate and Red Bull to keep you awake after an early morning convoy up there. Essential.

 

 

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