Preparing Your Car for a Day at the Track

Regardless of whether it’s your first time at the track or you’re a seasoned pro, getting both yourself and your car ready for the day is essential. You’re about to embark on a mission of putting your body, mind, and car through extreme challenges that you both may not be accustomed to. You need to make sure your car is ready for everything the track has to throw at it because the last thing you need to worry about is your brakes failing as you pass marker two on the brake zone before turn one.

This simple checklist should be everything you need to bring your car to its first track day:

Preparing Yourself

1. Protective Clothing

Even if it isn’t specified for the event you’re attending, it’s a very good idea to wear a helmet and fire retardant clothing such as a racing suit.

2. Shoe Choice

A specific racing shoe is the best bet, which have very thin soles with no overhang. Second choice would be a thin soled trainer.

3. Mentality

Ease into it – find the racing lines and braking points, and gradually build up speed.

4. Walk the Track

The best way to familiarize yourself with the corners and the racing line is to walk the track first and picture where your braking, apex and turn in points could be.

Preparing Your Car

1. Maintenance

  • Brake fluid should be relatively new.
  • Make sure oil, water and other fluid levels are topped off.
  • Take a look at the wear levels of brake pads and discs.
  • Check the tire tread depth.
  • Check to make sure all the nuts and bolts are tightened.

2. Fuel

Many drivers use a higher octane fuel when competing or attending track days – these fuels give more bang for your buck and can aid performance but tend to be more expensive. Don’t brim your car when fueling – leave just the right amount to see you through the day. Excess fuel is heavy and can be detrimental to lap times – it can also slosh around if you don’t have a baffled tank, causing unnecessary weight transfers which unsettle the car.

3. Tire Pressures

At the very least, match the manufacturers guidelines, and as a rule of thumb, increasing by 5-10% should provide a better turn in and be generally more suited to track conditions. Experiment here, and take notes – eventually you’ll find pressures which will give you a good compromise between grip, predictability at the limit and turn in. Pressure increases with temperature, so bear this in mind if you’ll be doing a large number of laps – if you’re doing short runs, you can probably get away with slightly higher pressures.

4. Empty the Cockpit

This should really go without saying but take out everything including the spare wheel, jack, luggage, coins, rubbish, children, seats etc. This reduction in weight can make the difference between winning and losing. In addition, you don’t want things rattling around while you’re trying to concentrate, and in an accident anything that’s left in the car is likely to hit you on the back of the head.

5. Clean Radiator

If you’re doing sustained laps, you’ll need all of your car’s cooling ability. If you have a turbo-charged engine, you’ll probably have several radiators and intercoolers, all of which need a steady supply of air. Some cars have number plates which partially obstruct the radiator’s precious air flow, so remember take these off to give a bit of extra cooling.

6. Driving Position

When getting ready for the track you should adjust your seat to a much more upright position than you may use when driving on the road. You should be able to rest your wrists comfortably on the top of the steering wheel while keeping a slight bend in your arms. This may mean moving closer to the wheel than you normally would which can feel strange at first, but will give you maximum control.

7. Warm Up Car

It makes sense to get your car up to operating temperature before you start driving it hard – this will thin out the oil and let the engine expand and free up, which will make it more efficient and place less strain on the moving parts. Keep an eye on the water and oil temperatures to make sure the extra load isn’t causing it to overheat.

If you want to learn more about driving techniques and tips for driving on the track, head over to drivingfast.net for more information.

Looking for Porsche 991.2 & 991.2 Turbo

Rennline is currently searching for any Porsche 991.2 and 991.2 Turbo owners in the New England area. We are looking for someone willing to drive their vehicle to our shop in Milton, VT for the day so that we can fabricate a new grill kit. The owner of the car will receive a FREE Grill Kit + Installation for allowing us to use their car!

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Rennline Inc. is located at 32 Catamount Drive, Milton, VT 05468

We thank you in advance for your help!

2017 Porsche Macan GTS…A Build in the Making

For all you Porsche lovers, we are proud to announce that we are going to be using our new Rennline Macan GTS for product development and testing. We plan to start the project by fabricating custom grill kits and then move onto other Macan specific parts. If you have any product ideas or questions, feel free to send us an email us at orders@rennline.com.

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Hershey Porsche-Only Swap Meet – April 22nd

It’s time to brush off the leaves, shake off the rust, and start those engines! The annual Porsche-Only Swap Meet is right around the corner and we hope you’re just as excited as we are. The event takes place Saturday, April 22nd at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. There will be nearly 650 vendors, around 1,00 Porsche’s, and over 6,000 Porsche fans!

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This year be sure to check out the Rennline booth and don’t forget to pick up your very own RennGear hat and apparel!

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Important Visitor Info

  • All lots are paved
  • Event held rain, shine, snow
  • Gates open public 7:30am and close 4pm
  • Admission is Free, Parking $20 per car
  • Porsche only parking $20 per car
  • Largest gathering of Porsches in USA
  • On site food and beverages
  • ATM located 10-minute drive
  • Peoples Choice Concours
  • No pets or animals
  • Purchase, trade, barter—everything Porsche
  • No scooter, Mopeds, trail bikes etc.
  • No drones

Can’t wait to see you there!

Win a FREE Tow Hook – March Instagram Photo Contest

Starting today (3/21) and going until the last day of March (3/31) Rennline will be hosting a photo contest on Instagram where the winner will receive a FREE Tow Hook to help get you ready for the upcoming track season. All you need to do to enter is post the best picture you have of your crashed, smashed, or wrecked up car during a time you wish you had a Rennline tow hook.

In order to enter you must:

1) Follow @rennline on Instagram

2) Post your photo using #Rennline

3) Post your photo using #NeedRennTow

The winner of the contest will be announced on 4/1 and will be contacted to select a FREE Tow Hook of their choosing.*

May the best crash win.

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*Contestants outside of the U.S. will be required to pay shipping costs if selected as winner.

 

Rennline Tunable Engine Mount for Porsche 991-981

We are proud to announce the release of our new Tunable Semi-Solid Engine Mount for the Porsche 991-981. Replacing your compliant factory mounts will decrease engine movement resulting in better acceleration, handling and significantly increased shifter feel. This is the ultimate solution for almost any car, and allows you to tune our mounts for the way you drive.

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Our mounts are CNC machined from billet aluminum and include three sets of inserts in varying densities. Tune your mounts by using the softer inserts to reduce engine slop and avoid missed shifts in your street car, or utilize the stiffest inserts to get the most from a more focused track car. You can even mix and match, giving you 9 possible combinations to let you dial in our mount to your specifications.

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Here at Rennline we know you want your Porsche to be flawless, and that is why we are Driven to Improve Excellence.

To order your Rennline Tunable Engine Mount today, click HERE.

 

Rennline Inc. Welcomes Fifteen52 Wheels

Yes, you read that correctly…Rennline Inc. is proud to announce that we will now be offering Fifteen52 Wheels and we couldn’t be more excited. Started in 1996 as a division of Joe Hoppen Motorsport, Fifteen52 has stuck to their roots by offering their customers the highest quality products possible that are sure to make your car stand out among the crowd.

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Here at Rennline we have always had our eyes on the beautiful wheels Fifteen52 has designed and created over the years. As car enthusiasts ourselves, we love working with companies that have their customers and their customer’s cars in mind first.

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Everyone knows Porsche’s are our specialty, but with the unique wheel offerings from Fifteen52 we are sure these wheels are exactly what you need to customize your Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen just the way you want.

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If you’re interested in learning more about Fifteen52 head over to StanceWorks.com and read their article on the partnership they crafted with Magnus Walker and check out some of the custom wheels they designed for his 911 builds.

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If you have any questions, or would like to place an order today head over to our wheels page or give us a call at (802) 893-7366.