5 Hacks to give you the edge in competition


In motorsport, everybody is always looking for a way to find
a competitive edge over their rivals. However, with many race series being closely
regulated, the chances of getting away with that hidden turbo charger or wider
tyres are very slim indeed.

So, in this world of strict rulebooks and scrutineering
bays, what can you do to help you get the upper hand over your competitors?
Well, we have put together a list of ideas to help you get the most out of your
time on track.

1. Wide-angle mirror

Knowing who is behind you and if they are about to launch
their car up the inside at the next corner is crucial to maintaining position
through the race. However, the external mirrors on race cars tend to be rather
small and don’t allow you to obtain a clear picture of what is behind you.

In a bid to help you see more, fitting a wide
angle mirror
is highly advantageous. Not only are these internal mirrors
longer than a conventional one, they are also convex to provide a wider field
of vision.

Designed to attach to the central cross bar at the top of a
roll cage, these mirrors are available with a range of different diameters to
suit the various roll cage diameters available.

2. Brake Fluid

Though many race championships will feature regulations on
the type of modifications that can be made to a braking system, there is one
aspect that you will most likely be able to change – the brake
fluid
.

It may well be the case that the regulations for your chosen
championship stipulate that you must use a certain type of brake fluid such as
a DOT 4 rated fluid. However, even between the different DOT 4 rated fluids,
there are variations in boiling points and fluid properties.

As a result, it pays to use a high specification brake fluid
in your braking system. Not only will it be capable of withstanding the higher
brake temperatures that occur during motorsport activities, but it will also
provide a more stable and consistent brake pedal feel.

This means that you can have increased confidence on the
brakes which allows you to push the boundaries and even reduce your braking
distances. You may also feel more comfortable to improve your trail braking
technique to help rotate the car into the corner.

There are many different brake fluids available on the
market, but one of the most popular is Castrol
React SRF
which features a very high boiling point of 320°C.

3. Racelogic Lap Timer and Pit Lane Timer

Technically, these are two separate products, but they are
so useful that we had to include both of them!

To start off with the lap timer, we all know that these
types of units are very useful and that it is always nice to know what lap
times you are doing, but most people will have a unit like this installed in
their car, so how will this give you a competitive advantage?

Well the point of difference with the Racelogic
Lap Timer
is its predictive display. Not only does the unit show a real
time delta to show how much quicker, or slower your current lap is compared to
your best lap, it also features a pair of LEDs which act as a useful visual
indicator.

These LEDs will illuminate in green if you are up on your
best time, and red if you are down. However, as these LEDs update in real time
they are also very useful for assessing your progress through a corner.

For example, you may see red lights on your way in to a
corner, but green lights on the way out. This means that, although your entry
to the corner was slower, you actually carried better exit speed and gained
time overall. On the flip side of this, seeing green on the way into a corner
and red on the way out will most likely mean that you have carried too much
speed and compromised your corner exit.

Using this information, you can see what difference changes
in racing line, braking point, turn in, and throttle application are making on
your lap times all the way around the lap. It also allows you to make quicker
progress as you won’t need to wait until the end of the session to review the
data on a laptop to see where you lost or gained time.

The second useful item is the Racelogic
Pit Lane Timer
.

In longer races or endurance events where the organisers
mandate a minimum time that you must spend in the pit lane when making a pit
stop, this particular product will take the guesswork out of getting your
timing right.

In most cases, not spending long enough in the pit lane will
result in a penalty which will have a significant impact on your race.
Likewise, spending too long in the pit lane will also cause you to lose out in
the overall results.

So, how will this timer help?

Well, firstly it is able to detect when you have entered the
pit lane and automatically start a timer. At this point, the display switches
to show your current speed, helping you to maximise your pit lane speed without
ending up with a speeding fine.

Once you pull to a halt in your pit box, the display changes
to a countdown timer based on your specified pit lane time. As soon as the
timer reaches zero you can leave the pit box.

The display now changes back to the speed readout and uses
the two LED indicators to provide a visual indicator of whether you are due to
be within or exceed your pit lane time, allowing you to adjust your speed as
necessary to ensure compliance with the rules.

When using one of these timers, you can really minimise the
amount of time that you have off the race track and help to give you the best
possible chance of a good result on track.

4. P1 Nutrition

Away from the car itself, you can do your part in obtaining
a competitive advantage.

Being in top shape physically can have a big impact on how
you perform behind the wheel. But not every driver is going to spend hours in
the gym every week and be built like a boxer, there are other ways of ensuring
that you are in the best position physically for your race.

Motorsport is a surprisingly physical sport, despite the
fact the you are sat down the entire time. The forces that act on your body
while driving at speed, heavy presses of the brake pedal and the levels of
concentration required can all take their toll.

One of the ways to help prepare your body for these
exertions is to use the range of nutritional supplements from P1
Nutrition
.

Specifically designed for motorsport use, Pre-RaceFuel
has been scientifically proven to boost energy, focus and stamina levels, thus
improving your performance on track. When taken before an event, the advanced
ingredients get to work to improve concentration levels, reaction speeds, blood
flow to help cope with a higher heart rate and help reduce muscle fatigue and
prevent lactic acid build up.

P1
Nutrition RaceFuel
can be taken at any time and is useful for strengthening
the muscle groups that are used while driving. Designed to be used as part of a
training program, the unique formulation helps to improve recovery times and
replace lost nutrients during a workout or race.

5. Prisma Tyre Gauge and Logger

We know that tyre pressures and temperatures make a big
difference to how a car handles, but what if you could keep track of both of
these readings, as well as lap times, in one easy to access place? Well, with Prisma
Electronics
, you can!

Yes, there are plenty of options for tyre pressure gauges, pyrometers
and lap timers that are already available on the market, but to be able to
combine all three of these features into one unit not only makes it easier to
keep track of data from a single session, it also allows you to refer back to
what tyre pressures you were running in similar conditions.

Being able to store up to 50 sets of data for both tyre
pressures and temperatures, there is plenty of space to store data from
previous sessions, all of which can be easily recalled at the touch of a
button.

When recording tyre temperatures, the Prisma Hiprema 4 not
only allows you to record a temperature for each tyre, it also allows you to
record outer, middle and inner temperatures. This gives an even better
understanding of the temperature across the whole surface of the tyre and
whether you need to make any setup changes to better utilise the contact patch
and improve the overall grip provided.

Along with recording the tyre pressures and temperatures,
you can also capture lap times for up to 4 drivers with up to 9 split times for
each. This provides a great depth of detail for teams that run multiple drivers
and is a useful tool for comparing driver performance.

Conclusion

So, there we have it, 5 hacks to help you get an edge over
your competition. Have you got any tips and tricks that have helped you in your
quest for better results? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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