How To Improve Sports Car Ride And Handling
Need to know how to improve a sports car's ride and handling? Your sports car may not be handling at its optimum level straight from the manufacturer. Sports cars from the factory usually make a compromise with regards to handling. Ride handling is often sacrificed to provide drivers with greater comfort and to attract a wider range of buyers. Here are some steps you can take to improve your sports car's handling and performance:
- Reduce the overall vehicle weight. Heavy loads will affect your sports car's ride and handling performance. Make sure that you don’t carry unnecessary items in your car. Check your trunk to make sure you are not carrying anything heavy that you do not need. You can also remove the spare tire from your trunk for greater weight savings as well.
- Reduce the unsprung weight on each wheel. By reducing un-sprung weight, you will optimize the performance of each load center. The best way to reduce the load is to purchase lighter aftermarket wheels.
- Increase your vehicle footprint. Purchase wider wheels so that your contact patch is increased. If you have a rear engine vehicle, consider a staggered wheel setup. A staggered setup creates slightly wider wheels at the rear of the vehicle. This will improve your handling by increasing your ability to corner at higher speeds.
- Increase your sports car's stopping power. Upgrading your brakes can dramatically increase your handling. You can increase the rotor diameter and upgrade the brake pad material. If you are planning to drive your vehicle on a closed circuit, consider upgrading to ceramic brake pads. Ceramic pads can shorten your stopping distances. The biggest drawback is they don’t work well in regular driving conditions, as they need to heat up.
Changing your vehicle stance and braking power will greatly increase the ride and handling of your sports car. Enjoy!