There are four crucial aspects of a classic car’s performance: straight-line top speed, cornering speed, acceleration, and braking. This book’s detailed guidance shows you how to improve each of these, whether for more enjoyable day-to-day use, or for a diverse range of classic motorsport.
This book explains what ‘high performance' really is, analysing each part of the classic or retro car – the engine, transmission, brakes, etc – and showing how it can be modified and improved for greater performance, both with period correct parts (where available), and modern components such as electronic ignition. It provides specific guidance and planning advice, examining the pros & cons, and road or motorsport suitability of each modification. Whether you want a more practical, better performing classic for enjoyable everyday use, or a souped-up racer for a diverse range of classic motorsport, you'll be able to make the correct choices using the tuning ‘menus' and easy-to-understand troubleshooting tables. With a focus on both traditional tuning – such as overdrive units for gearboxes – and modern 5-speed gearbox replacements, as well as content on SU and Weber carburettors, this book will teach you how to modify a classic car for any purpose – without wasting money.
● Planning based on the most important aspects of performance tuning
● How to tune and improve straight line top speed
● How to tune and improve cornering speed
● How to tune and improve acceleration
● How to tune and improve braking
● Aimed at road cars, but also relevant for cars used in motorsport
● Menu-based options to choose between different cost solutions
● Form basic principles to advanced tuning
● Common sense approach makes for easy understanding
● Covers the whole car, including ancillaries, instrumentation and preparation for motorsport