For most people in the world, finding the often-enormous amount of money needed to purchase a high performance vehicle is something of an impossibility, especially when there’s already rent and groceries to pay for every month. The next best thing to do, then, is to get the materials necessary to simply build one at home. The costs are lower, it allows for endless tweaking, and it’s a great opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of cars and how they work.
For those interested in creating the fastest racing machine possible at home, these hints and tricks may be worth keeping in mind.
While there’s no doubt that modern vehicles are incredibly complex pieces of engineering, with dozens of moving parts that all need to work together in tandem, they’re follow a logical design pattern. Growing up building model plans and R/C cars provides a strong foundation to start building more advanced vehicles down the line, and many that have an interested at a young age will certainly want to continue doing it as they get older. That, combined with the vast information well that is the internet, it’s now easier than ever to learn and experiment. It also offers a starting point for amateurs who would have been completely lost just a few decades before. Take the time to do the research and find the necessary information and instructions online to begin a new project.
It’s vital to have an end goal in mind, and using that as a basis to begin doing the research. Learn about each part, what their function is, and how they mesh together with the many other components.
Starting from the ground up is not really much of an option for most, especially if they lack the raw materials, tools, and experience. A much better idea is to instead focus on finding a second or third-hand car that’s in decent enough shape that it can be repaired and improved. Look for brands that are known for their versatility and reliability, such as Toyota, Honda, and Suzuki, and keep an eye out for anyone selling one that looks to be in good shape. It may be worth subscribing to a popular car magazine for this purpose, as many will have cars on display that are for sale. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t need to be a pedigree racing vehicle, as long as it’s easy to upgrade and maintain in the long-term. Of course, expensive plays its part, which is why saving hard-won money can make all the difference.
Building a decent track car can be somewhat of an issue, as they need to be as reliable as possible before going out on the circuit. Breakdowns are an inevitability, but it’s possible to mitigate the chance of a breakdown by a large degree. Test all the components as much as possible, make sure that any welding done on the vehicle are solid, and take it to an open piece of ground often to test drive it. The car will need to be in the best shape it can be before being hauled to the track or competition.