How to Build a Light Weight Race Car

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How to Build a Light Weight Race Car

Race cars have to be fast, of course; however, in order to achieve that speed, it is necessary for the car to be as light as possible. You can achieve this rather easily, and now we’re going to explain to you how to do it. In short, you’ll need to carefully measure and cut, move stuff around your car, lower the car and lower the centre if gravity.

How to Lose Weight?

The very first thing you ought to do is replace the car windows. However, you can’t just replace them with anything; you need to make sure that they are fire-resistant, that they are at least 4mm thick, and that the driver’s window has to have an opening. Also, it is really important to note that the windscreen has to remain standard glass.

Some people just go ahead and buy the pre-made parts, but it is much better to get them made specifically for your car. The best material for that is the double sided UV polycarbonate, cut to size Plastic from CutMyPlastic. Now, due to the fact that accidents happen rather frequently in racing, it is necessary to secure the polycarbonate, and the best way to do that is to bolt it, and not bond it. It allows for a quicker removal, and it’s harder to damage the polycarbonate during that process.

The first thing you need in order to make these new windows are the wooden templates.

The Templates

These templates allow you to make new windows every time the need for them arises. It is always best to create the paper templates first, and then stick them to the polycarbonate. Then, it is easy to cut the polycarbonate following the lines of the template.

Cutting the Polycarbonate

There are many ways to cut the polycarbonate, and many tools to use to do it, but the best one is the following. Place the template on the polycarbonate, draw around it, and then cover the outline with some making tape. Place the template again, and redraw the outline over the tape.

Now you can use a sharp tool like a universal hand saw to cut the polycarbonate. Make sure you do it accurately, and follow the lines! Then, you need to take a file or some sand paper, and even out the burns. However, be carefully not to damage the face of the future window.

Installing the New Windows

Seeing how this is a really touchy part of the job, it is always better to have a professional do it for you. They manage to do this so that no screws heads remain visible. Along with the windows, the door panels are also replaced, and these ones are made of aluminium composite. They are made the same way as the polycarbonate windows were – with the help of makers and paper templates.

Another thing that was added to the car are the home-made door pulls, which open the doors. Only what is necessary gets installed; all other things are removed in order to achieve the lightest possible weight.

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