How To Turn Your Street Car Into A Drag Car
Starting in racing can be tough. There are vast amounts of information on the web and it can be overwhelming. Our experts at PRP and PRE gave some quick tips to the person ready to take the next step.
One of the first things we would recommend changing are the tires. You will need to remove those DOT street tires and replace them with a slick. The slick is going to give the car more bite and help the car to hook up to the track surface better. Another quick and easy change would be the type of gasoline. Instead of filling up at the pump run by your local speed shop and pick up some high octane race gas. This will help your engine to run better and even boost the HP. If your car is a late model vehicle that is computer controlled you may want to look into a tuner kit. These kits help you to alter the computer to increase the output of the engine. It might be a fuel map adjustment or just a timing change, but simple changes can make a big difference.
If you are one of those extremist and want to take it to take your vehicle to the next level, a power adder might be the way to go. There are many forms of power adders but some of the most common are Nitrous, Turbos, and Superchargers. These are not for the novice and might take the mechanical help of your engine builder or tuner to install. However, if you are looking to go fast and do it with the car that you drive every day one of these will surely get the job done.
We also recommend that you upgrade the safety of your car. Maybe covert the seat belts over to a 4 or 5 point harness. You may also consider putting in a roll cage. Your best bet is to contact your local track and find out about their rules a regulations.
Local Tracks for Help
We also recommend that you visit your local track, in a previous post we talked about top race tracks of the employees of PRP and PRE. It came down to location and the home based race tracks. Besides these places being close to home it was because of the fellow racers and community that was based around the track. If you’re new to racing go to your local track and start talking to people. This industry and the people in it love to talk about all that they have learned through the years of racing, and will be more than happy to answer any questions.
Once a new racer gets his or her foot in the door the limits are endless. One change leads into two changes, and three changes, and next thing you know the engine is out and the body is getting modified. At this point your street car is no longer a street car it is a full blown race car. This may be out of the DIY realm but the options are endless with a little bit of help.
If you are looking for some of that high octane race fuel PRP/PRE has a full inventory! We are also here to answer any question that you may have so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 215-969-3550