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OPEN-TRACK CAR DESIGN BLUEPRINT
WELCOME FORD ENTHUSIASTS!! This site and forum is dedicated to helping and sharing specific information among the “do it yourself” racers, regarding road-racing vintage Ford automobiles.
While I, the author have considerable racing experience, I am not a self-proclaimed expert, “I am still learning”. All opinions, tech info, helpful hints and speed secrets are welcomed.
INTRODUCTION: From the onset, it is important to have a very clear vision and goal of exactly what you are trying to accomplish and the intended use of the car. This might fall anywhere between a high performing streetcar to an all-out race car. Your desired level of performance will thereby dictate a certain level of needed high performance modifications in those areas with shortcomings. It is important to understand that the best performing cars are the ones with the best “balance” between engine horsepower, braking, suspension and driving skills. Obviously, it would do you no good to put an all-out racing engine in a car with bad brakes and poor suspension, a well-balanced car with lower horsepower will beat you every time. I would hope that this forum will identify the areas in need of improvement, while saving money by not over engineering were not needed.
The term “open-track car” generally means the car was not designed and built to conform to the rules used in actual “vintage class racing”. Instead open-track cars are generally “open” to any and all modifications and are used on “open track days” sponsored by local car clubs who have rented the racetrack for the day. It is basically a “run-what-you-brung” play day at the track.
If your goal is the open track car, then the next question is; what is your desired level of performance and exactly what is needed to accomplish this goal? I hope this forum will serve as a specific design blueprint of modifications and parts required in order to obtain the desired results.
For the purpose of discussion on this forum and to help identify the design requirements of a desired level of performance, you can reference the following thread:
LEVEL 1; Entry-level, high-performance streetcar with occasional open track use.
LEVEL 2; Very high-performance street/track car
LEVEL 3; New technology, all-out race car with a vintage body.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN IN AND ASK QUESTIONS.
Last edited by Gearhead97750, 9/18/2011, 9:43 pm
9/14/2011, 2:01 am
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