GRIP AND GOOD LOOKS
For our Track Event project
car, we opted for a set of
proven Yokohama A052 tires
mounted on lightweight, durable,
and affordable 15x7.5-inch
Konig Freeform wheels.
camber readings quick and easy.Additionally, a set of IntercompToe Plates allow you to makeprecise toe changes, furtherenhancing handling. Thesetwo pieces of equipment willpay for themselves in shortorder as you change fromstreet to track mode at will.For us, these two items werealready in our equipment bagfrom our Runoffs-winningYaris adventures because wefound that if you can’t check(and adjust) your alignment atthe track, you’re flying blind.
Konig incorporates Flow
Forming Technology in its
Freeform wheel, which involvesthe application of pressure tothe inner barrel of the wheelwhile spinning after it hasbeen cast. The Flow Formingprocess increases tensilestrength, producing qualitiessimilar to those found in aforged wheel. The result of thisextra effort is a wheel that’slighter and stronger than acast wheel, but at a fractionof the cost of a forged unit.
design is both stylish and aidsin brake cooling. Meanwhile,the unique Matte Silver finishmakes this wheel stand out.
STEP 5: FUN
With little effort, we have ourdaily driver ready for its firstSCCA Track Event, and due to themild nature of the modifications,we know we’ll be able to focus onhaving fun on the track ratherthan turning wrenches in the pits.
Safety requirements formany SCCA Track Eventsare similar to those found atan autocross: You’ll need anapproved helmet and a pairof closed-toe shoes. However,you always want to readthe event’s SupplementalRegulations as the rulescan vary due to location.
Our 15x7.5-inch Freeform
wheels weighed in just a tick over
STEP 4: TIRE AND WHEELS
12lbs each, and the 10-spoke
Want to take your daily to thetrack, too? Head to timetrials.scca.com or tracknightinamerica.com and click the “events” buttonto find an event near you.
Arguably, tires make thebiggest impact on a car’sdriving experience. Rather thanheading to the track on oureconomy minded all-seasontires, we contacted Yokohamafor a set of Advan A052tires, Yokohama’s ExtremePerformance Summer tire.
Helmets are an interestingtopic, however. Even thougha Snell M-rated helmet passestech for an autocross and canbe used for some track events,it may be worth spendinga few more dollars andspringing for an SA-rated unit.
The Advan A052 is specificallydesigned for high-performancedriving, such as autocrossand Track Events, and it hasalready proven its worth atboth the Tire Rack Time TrailNationals Powered by Hagertyas well as the Tire Rack SoloNational Championships.
“We always recommendan SA-rated helmet so thatif the driver graduates intosome sort of wheel-to-wheelracing, they already have thecorrect rated helmet,” explainsPatrick Utt of RaceQuip.“Another factor is that sometracks or other sanctions mightrequire an SA-rated helmetto get on track with them.”
Installing the Advan A052s onOE steel wheels was silly, so weordered a set of Konig Freeformwheels. The Freeforms haveproven wildly popular with boththe autocross and track crowd, asthey come in a wide range of sizesand, most importantly, it’s strong.
Intercomp’s toe plates (ABOVE)are a quick and easy toolthat enable rapid alignmentchanges at home or the track.Intercomp also offers a simpleto use – and accurate –camber gauge (LEFT).
Something else to considerbefore heading to the trackis helmet style, as you mightwant the added protection ofa full-face helmet. “We alwaysrecommend a full-face helmetfor the same reason youwould go with an SA insteadof M rated, so you can useit in other types of racing orother cars,” says Utt. “A full-face helmet obviously providesmuch more protection to theeyes and face in the eventof a fire or other incident.”