Tyre Performance and Grip – A Deeper Look

We spend a lot of time writing about suspension and different tips and tricks to achieving a great set up to make you and your car as fast as possible around the track. However, a suspension set up can often only be as good as the tyres used. This is because the aim of a perfect set up is to deliver excellent dynamic feedback to the driver as well as getting the most out of the tyre in order to generate the highest amount of grip as possible. 

Drift Car Set Up

For those that are not familiar with drifting, it is a motorsport in which the car must maintain constant and fluid oversteer between a series of corners on a circuit whilst hitting certain clipping zones on circuit and having as much proximity with the other car as possible. A good set up can go a long way in keeping the car sliding and providing a fluid, predictable transition.

Drag

The set ups below are taken from a rear wheel drive professional drag racing car. Different chassis types, tyre widths and wheel bases could warrant slightly different set ups. However, these figures are a good base to set a rear wheel drive drag car up …

F1 & Open Wheel

The set ups shown below are taken from a Formula 1 car example. They are therefore at the extreme end of the open wheel racing category and can be tuned back slightly towards zero from these figures for slower classes. The below figures are for …

Anti-Roll Bars

How to Measure Unlike coil springs, anti-roll bars very rarely have the spring rate marked on them. This means that the rate either needs to be calculated or measured. If you are designing your own anti-roll bar or have a relatively simple shape roll bar …

Caster

How to Measure The first stage of adjusting and tuning your caster angle is to first measure and understand what your vehicle currently has. There are two main ways to measure your caster angle: Turning plates and a digital or bubble camber/caster gauge Measuring the …

Geometry

What Is Suspension Geometry? Suspension geometry is the positioning and angular movement of the suspension arms and the effect that they have upon the movement of the wheel and tyre. It is caused by the different components of the suspension system all moving in their …

Suspension

What Is Suspension? Suspension in the automotive industry is a system of shocks, springs, uprights and arms that together keep a vehicle suspended above ground on its wheels. A suspension system is usually made up of the following components: Spring – This can come in …

Tyres

What is a tyre A tyre is a rubber coated construction that is often inflated and surrounds a metal wheel to form a soft contact with the ground A tyre is a complex mixture of many materials and layers that form a rubber tyre. The …

Camber

How to Measure Before you can begin to adjust and tune camber you must first be able to measure it and measure how effective a camber change would be to alter the grip. Ways to measure camber are: Spirit Level Camber Gauge Digital Camber Gauge …