Expert tips to make your track car more reliable

By J.G. Pasterjak
Feb 18, 2024 | Toyota, Supra, Toyota Supra, Nürburgring, Rent4Ring | Posted in Features | From the Oct. 2023 issue | Never miss an article

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Your track car is no fun in the garage. Sure, maybe you give it a celebratory detail job after a weekend of hard lapping, but the place where you want your track car to excel is on track. And it can’t do that if it’s broken, or acting suspicious, or constantly being a hassle.

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
8/7/23 9:39 a.m.

I never thought I'd want the four-cylinder Supra as much as the six-cylinder, but this article has me questioning that.

Matt B (fs)
Matt B (fs) UltraDork
8/7/23 9:54 a.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

Same. I've lost out of enough track time due to reliability issues that outright power is much further down the list than ever.

Tom1200 PowerDork
8/7/23 10:52 a.m.

I once had a very fast but somewhat unreliable car (most of it was teething problems) and vowed never to do that again.

One thing that did make me laugh was the brake fluid and pads, not because they are wrong, on the Datsun I use cheap off the shelf street pads and fluid. The brakes are off much heavier Datsuns so the system is really under stressed.

I'd carry this over to race cars as well; I'm of the opinion that working on your car trackside should be a very rare occurrence.

I build the Datsun motors to about 75% of full racing engines; past that is the point were they start to become less and less reliable, driving around the track having to keep constantly an eye on everything sucks the fun out of being on track.


frenchyd MegaDork
8/7/23 12:07 p.m.

As a young man I went to the track with more spare and tools in weight than the race car.  I had spare engines, transmissions suspension, body parts, etc.  

     As The car  ran races I started leaving a lot of the spares at home and the tools went from a big roll around chest filled with everything to a little 3 drawer  tool box.  
     I did carry at least one spare tire, fluids and  a few small band aides. Like wires, Holley fuel pump, hoses, etc. 


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