How to Get Traction on FWD Cars When Drag Racing

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Traction is important because you can have the most powerful vehicle in the world, but if you don't have traction, your car won't be going anywhere fast. Traction issues plague FWD platforms particularly because of weight transfer during acceleration. All the weight is transferred to the rear of the vehicle and the weight is lifted off of the front wheels, causing extreme tire slippage. There are many methods to solve this issue.

Things You'll Need

  • Upgraded springs/struts
  • Racing slicks
  • Upgrade the suspension on your FWD vehicle to one that is stiffer. This will stop the weight from transferring to the rear of the car and will keep it on top of the front wheels to maximize traction.

  • Install performance-oriented tires or racing slicks. These types of tires are designed for maximum traction and will help get the power to the ground.

  • Deflate the tires to about 20psi. This will widen the "footprint" of the tire and will give the tire more surface area to contact with the ground. The more of the tire that makes contact with the ground, the more traction your vehicle will have.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reducing the weight of the vehicle from behind the engine may aid in increasing traction. This allows a greater percentage of the weight to be concentrated at the front of the vehicle and will increase traction.
  • Wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle to avoid eye injury.
  • Keep racing on the track where it belongs to avoid causing an accident and costly tickets.

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