Light-weight cars that are perfect for track days and how to prepare them with automotive fasteners.
2023 Caterham Seven 620R
The 311-horsepower 620R is the most manic Seven in the Caterham lineup, so you better be ready for it to bite back when you get behind the wheel.
The BAC Mono is one of the most hardcore street-legal cars we’ve ever seen. As the name suggests, it has a single centre seat, similar to a Formula race car.
Ginetta G56 GTA
The Ginetta G56 GTA car brings unrivalled track driving experience with a perfectly balanced 50/50 weight distribution and a 3.7L V6 engine providing ample power and torque.
Morgan Super 3
A clean sheet design, the Morgan Super 3 features a light and strongly bonded aluminium chassis, plus bespoke double-wishbone front suspension with springs and dampers actuated by an F1-style pull-rod mechanism.
To drive, the Dallara Stradale is a ferociously serious machine and one with superlative unassisted steering and a chassis that’s arrow-true – and one that can put you in a downforce-defined mode of full-immersion fever on a track that few other cars can equal.
Preparing A High-Performance Vehicle For Track Use
When preparing a track day car or any high-performance vehicle for track use, it’s essential to pay attention to the selection of automotive fasteners and hardware. Track conditions can be demanding on a vehicle, so using the right fasteners can help ensure safety and reliability. Here are some common fasteners and hardware components to consider for your track day car:
High-Strength Bolts and Nuts: Many factory-installed fasteners may not be designed to withstand the extreme stresses of track driving. Consider upgrading to high-strength bolts and nuts, especially in critical areas like suspension components and engine mounts.
Lock Nuts: Using lock nuts with nylon inserts or other locking mechanisms can help prevent nuts from loosening due to vibration on the track.
Thread Locker: Apply thread locker compounds (such as Loctite) to fasteners to prevent them from vibrating loose during high-speed driving.
Safety Wire: Safety wire, often used in racing applications, helps ensure that fasteners do not come undone. This is particularly important in critical areas like the brake calliper bolts.
Quick-Release Fasteners: For components that need to be removed and reinstalled frequently, consider quick-release fasteners for faster and more convenient adjustments. This is common in body panels and aerodynamic components.
Upgraded Wheel Studs: If you frequently change wheels and tires on the track, consider upgrading to longer and stronger wheel studs to ensure a secure fit.
Racing Lug Nuts: Racing lug nuts are lightweight and designed for quick and secure wheel changes. They are often used in conjunction with upgraded wheel studs.
Safety Pins & Clips: Use safety pins and clips to secure various components, such as sway bars, suspension arms, and tow hooks, to prevent accidental detachment during track use.
Rivet Nuts: For attaching aftermarket aerodynamic components or panels, rivet nuts can provide a secure and clean solution for fastening.
Titanium Fasteners: In high-performance and professional racing, lightweight titanium fasteners are used to reduce unsprung weight and improve performance. They are often expensive but provide a weight-saving advantage.
When selecting fasteners and hardware for your track day cars, consider the specific requirements of your vehicle and the type of track driving you plan to do. Safety should always be a top priority, so ensure that fasteners are properly torqued and regularly inspected for signs of wear or fatigue.
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