Five Tips for Taking it to the Track 2
Make Sure Your Car is Really Ready to Rock
Is the fluid in the master cylinder reservoir clear and amber? Or does it resemble something sliding off a hill after a rainstorm? When was the last time the oil was changed?
Are your tires in good condition, or do you need a dusty manuscript to decipher the DOT codes because they were made in the last century? Make sure all the ball joints and tie rod ends are tight, and that the brake pads are well over 50 percent. If not, spring for some high-quality, performance-oriented replacements. Also, a good alignment will have the car tracking straighter, and make it easier to drive at the limit.
And donít forget the battery tie-down! More cars fail tech at my local autocross because of those than everything else combined! To make sure I haven't forgotten anything, I use a checklist.