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?
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.
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.
Interested in getting into drag racing? Our last article provided a broad overview of the sport, from the different vehicle classes to interpreting the lights on the “Christmas Tree.” Now that we understand the basics, let’s take a look at the steps necessary to pass tech inspection and what drivers should expect when participating in a drag event.
Here’s a list of ten tips and tools to make your life in the garage or shop a little bit easier. They’re cheap, easy and will save you some time.