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Nissan S15 Carbon Fibre Doors – Motorsport / OEM

Nissan S15 Carbon Fibre Doors – Motorsport / OEM

About Top Stage Topstage are a Melbourne based composite manufacturer specialising in Carbon Fiber by Freddy Carbon. Full replacement OEM fitment motorsport carbon door, will take all the OEM mechanism and seals. Optional full race door with blank trims also available. Full Race doors weigh approx 3.2-3.8kg each OEM replaement doors weight approx 4.2kg each.View more

$4537.44

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Willans Tow Strap – Fixed, Red

Willans Tow Strap – Fixed, Red

Heavy duty tow straps from Willans feature a 7/16 inch (11mm) mounting hole and are available in 2 options -Fixed strap with a 100mm loopAdjustable length strapBoth versions come in red.View more

$24.39

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Willans Historic Tow Strap, Yellow

Willans Historic Tow Strap, Yellow

The Willans Historic Tow Strap has been designed to suit historic vehicles where a visible tow loop is not desired. The Historic Tow Strap is a simple design which can be attached behind the bumper until required, then pulled down when a tow is needed.Dimensions -225mm long (loop pulled taught)25mm widthView more

$16.86

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Sparco Ultra Light Carbon Pedal Set

Sparco Ultra Light Carbon Pedal Set

The Ultra Light Carbon pedal set from Sparco are pre curved with the brake and clutch pedal having added strips of high grip material for safe and precise pedal control. The carbon pedals are available for manual cars and are for show or off road use only.View more

$98.69

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Sparco Polished Aluminium Drivers Footrest, Silver

Sparco Polished Aluminium Drivers Footrest, Silver

This driver's footrest from Sparco is made from Dural Aluminium and is supplied with mounting hardware. Rubber grommets are supplied which can be inserted into the holes on the plate to provide grip.The footrest is 200 mm long and 115 mm at widest point and 100 mm at narrowest point.View more

$57.36

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Sparco Navigator Footrest, Silver

Sparco Navigator Footrest, Silver

The navigator footrest from Sparco is constructed from highly durable aluminium and is pre drilled for easy fitment. The footrest comes complete with a fitting kit and can be fixed to either the vehicle floor or multi drilled floor plate.View more

$153.38

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Sparco Anodised Aluminium Drivers Footrest – Silver, Silver

Sparco Anodised Aluminium Drivers Footrest – Silver, Silver

These lightweight aluminium driver's footrests feature an embossed finish to give increased grip and are supplied with mounting hardware.LightweightAluminium Embossed SurfaceAnodised FinishUniversalDimensions: 270mm tall, 115mm wide at base and 87mm wide at top.View more

$30.01

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Sparco Aluminium Navigators Footrest – Anodised Silver, Silver

Sparco Aluminium Navigators Footrest – Anodised Silver, Silver

This universal lightweight navigators footrest is made from anodised aluminium and features an anti-slip surface. Mounting brackets and support are supplied.View more

$93.36

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Simoni Racing Special Pedal Extension Set

Simoni Racing Special Pedal Extension Set

Featuring Brushed Aluminium surfaces with Non-Slip Rubber Inserts these Special Pedal Extensions from Simoni Racing are designed to make the pedals longer and easier to operate, particularly for advanced techniques like Heel & Toeing.Please note -Pedal extensions are for off-road and show use only.View more

$34.11

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Simoni Racing Raceway Pedal Set

Simoni Racing Raceway Pedal Set

 The Simoni Racing Raceway pedal extensions provide a motorsport inspired upgrade to pedal styling. The Raceway set is constructed from a lightweight but durable chromed alloy and features assymmetrical non slip pedal rubbers which sit proud of the pedal for optimum grip and maximum pedal control. The brake and clutch pedals feature subtle Simoni branding with pre drilled and countersunk mounting holes for a professional look install.For off road and show purposes onlyView more

$27.86

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Simoni Racing Carbon Shade Sport Pedal Covers

Simoni Racing Carbon Shade Sport Pedal Covers

The Simoni Racing Carbon Shade Sports pedals provide a motorsport inspired upgrade to pedal styling. The Carbon Shade set is constructed from a lightweight but durable brushed alloy and features non slip pedal rubbers which sit flush of the pedal providing excellent grip and with optimum pedal control. All three pedals feature subtle Simoni branding and are pre drilled with sunken mounting holes for a professional look install. Finished with black aluminium and silver carbon inserts. For off road and show purposes onlyView more

$30.01

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Simoni Racing Carbon Shade Pedal Extensions

Simoni Racing Carbon Shade Pedal Extensions

The Carbon Shade Pedal Extension from Simoni Racing are aluminium with carbon fibre inserts. View more

$33.21

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Understanding Racing Car Preparation

Driving a racecar on the rough roads puts enormous strain on various parts of the machine, meaning that some simple maintenance tasks are essential. Undertaking the basic maintenance practices can extend the life of your vehicle and enable it to handle the rough roads more comfortably.

Basic Maintenance

When it comes to race car preparation, replacing the brake fluid is vital since the liquid absorbs water from the atmosphere. The water can boil and reduce the efficiency of the brakes when it heats up. Topping up the water and oil levels is also important since the vehicle leans on the corners. Half tanks can cause one side to dry up, which results in some problems. Replacing worn out brake pads is imperative. In addition, you should have some spare brake pads since they can wear out during the race. The tyres should have deep treads to improve traction. Be sure to have the appropriate tyres to match the weather conditions as well as the nature of the roads. You will need to switch tyres when you come from gravel to muddy areas. A mechanic will check whether the rims are fastened tightly. Loosely fastened rims cannot handle the pressure and loading, especially when taking corners.

Racing Fuel

Most drivers prefer the high-octane fuels that give them an edge against their competitors. High-octane fuels will serve you well back by improving the overall performance of your car. You do not have to fill up the tank as it will add unnecessary weight that might slow you down. However, you need to make the necessary plans when it comes to refuelling during the race.

Racing Tyre Pressure

Checking the tyre pressure during race car preparation is vital if you want to avoid problems during the race. While most drivers have a lot of discretion when it comes to tyre pressure, the best thing is to comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Consulting an experienced mechanic is vital as you will get vital information on the pressure that will give you maximum grip in various driving conditions. Remember that the tyres will heat up during the race, so you do not have to inflate them in a way that might bring the risk of bursting while on the track. Be sure to select tyres that can handle extreme temperatures when you start racing at full speeds.

Reduce the Overall Weight

Maintaining the optimum weight of the car can be the difference between winning and losing the race. The best way to reduce weight is to remove clutter. Start by keeping away the jack, luggage, spare tyres, children seats and any other thing that might increase the weight of the vehicle. Removing these items will reduce the possibility of having items flying around when you start racing.

Improve the Vehicle’s Cooling Potential

When racing, you will need the car to cool effectively so as to get optimal engine performance. As such, the radiator is the first aspect to inspect. If you have a turbo-charged engine, your car will have several radiators and intercoolers. The radiators and intercoolers will require a sufficient supply of air. If your car has some items that might obstruct the flow of air, you need to remove them. For example, the number plates might limit the flow of air, meaning that you need to remove them.

Warming up the Car

Warming up the car before you start driving helps to thin out the oil and expand some parts of your engine. This tactic helps to improve the efficiency and put less strain on various parts of the engine. If you have already topped up the water and oil, your car will not have any problems when it starts to warm up. Checking the radiators beforehand will also ensure that the engine does not overheat.

Racecar Driving Position

Adjusting the driver’s seat is another thing that most people tend to overlook. Your driving position must ensure optimum ergonomics and anthropometrics, which means that you need to be seated comfortably, improve visibility and reduce fatigue. Loose seats need to be fastened before you get ready for the track. The adjustments should ensure that you sit upright and rest the wrists on the top of the steering wheel comfortably. You should also be able to adjust the seat to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the race.

The process of race car preparation starts by developing a checklist of all the things that you need to do to ensure that your vehicle is ready to go. This process starts by giving the engine an exhaustive check, as well as repairing the brakes. Besides checking every system in the car, it is vital to examine parts that support these systems to avoid frustration during the race. Having a competent mechanic that specialises on racing cars will give you a competitive edge.