Like baseball, apple pie and Chuck Norris, drag racing is an American institution. Despite being inherently one-dimensional, it is perhaps the purest form of motorsport, offering nothing more than an outright measure of a car's acceleration and top speed. Whether on a two-lane back road or a pro track, bragging rights are won and egos built on drag racing. In this first installation, we'll explain the basics of drag racing and focus on optimizing your experience as a spectator.
Automotive lingo is filled with a myriad of abbreviations and acronyms; some are commonly known, others are more obscure and many don’t make sense. In this article, we will discuss basic terms concerning engine and drivetrain layouts - where is the engine located and which wheels are driven?
Discusses and clarifies some automotive terms and concepts that are commonly thrown around in conversation. Want to learn more? Make sure to check out our Building Blocks article series for an in-depth look at automotive systems.
The junkyard is a simple concept. Cars that are wrecked or past their useful life are sold for scrap and left to sit on a lot where anyone can pull parts at a greatly reduced price. The savings, however, can be offset by a lack of convenience - which is why it is important to follow these tips.
A basic understanding of the terminology and components associated with your car's suspension system will allow you to diagnose problems and plan upgrades with more confidence and accuracy.