Wheel style is usually the first consideration when selecting new aftermarket wheels because most wheels are purchased for their different-than-factory styling which helps personalize the vehicle's looks to match its driver's tastes. After that comes the functional requirements of selecting a wheel diameter, width and offset that are right for the vehicle and appropriate for the desired tire size.
No matter what you drive, your vehicle's development engineers were faced with considerations that ultimately affected its performance – bumper heights, snow chain clearance and the number of people the vehicle was designed to carry. To accommodate all of those variables, your car's suspension had to be tuned for average conditions, acceleration, braking and cornering. But if you're not average, you may want to tune your vehicle to better match your driving style.
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.