Beginner’s Guide to Track Days36creative2020-08-25T10:30:15-04:00
For many, cars provide more than transportation. Car enthusiasts worldwide build their cars for many purposes, whether it be stance, daily driver or for track. Most car enthusiasts, myself alike, have always dreamed about getting their car out on a closed course; a legal place to let your car fully shine. At first, It seems as though doing anything close to driving your car on a track is out of reach, expensive and dangerous. This article is to show you the many avenues that may be local to you to get on track safely and cost effective.
There are many car clubs and sanctions nationwide that offer affordable ways to get anyone onto a track, whether it be an advanced driver or a first timer. There are many awesome programs to gain car control and confidence. Consider looking into one of the following to experience life on track: Autocross, Track-cross and HPDE (High Performance Driving Experience events).
If you are in New Hampshire like we are, we recommend checking out SCCNH (Sports Car Club of New Hampshire)
What is Autocross?
Have you ever been stuck in traffic, or going through a construction zone and been tempted to weave in and out of the cones? If the answer is yes, then autocross might be for you! At an autocross event, you can LEGALLY swerve in and out of cones, because the whole track is made out of them! Autocross keeps you on your toes, developing key car control skills while minimizing the risks of damaging your car from flying off track. Autocross is usually a low-cost event that might run you around $40 or $50 per day. There are many many classes and your runs will be timed. Some organizations even teach an autocross school, that give beginners the basic tools needed to go through an entire autocross course on their own.
Sometimes, Autocross can take place on a track. Usually, cones are set up in an irregular pattern, not allowing you to take full advantage of the normal racing line, but allowing you time on a track to gain comfortability and familiarity.
You can compete against others, or choose to use your timed runs to set benchmarks for yourself. Autocross is a great building block on your way to attending a full open track day.
What is HPDE?
HPDE (High Performance Driving Experience) is an awesome stepping stone into attending full open track days. Using your own car, you will have an in-car coach as well as classroom instruction on the basics of track driving. From brake points to cornering, an HPDE session will prepare you for a solo adventure to a track day. Many HPDE track events will be organized by skill level, allowing beginners, intermediate and advanced drivers all a chance to be on track with people of similar rank to keep the track flowing and safe.
Suspension Upgrade for Track Use
Stock suspension can feel a bit boaty hustling around a racetrack. With some proper suspension to keep your car flat around the corner, your car will feel like a rocket on rails, cutting your lap times down lap by lap.
ISC offers multiple valving options to provide you with the best ride characteristics for your car. There are 3 types: Comfort (smooth daily driving), Sport (Daily driving/Spirited driving/light track duty) and Track (full on track driving). With the available 32 clicks of damping adjustment, you’ll be able to fine tune the car to handle just the way you like it.
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