Motorsport Wheel Alignment Fundamentals
Motorsport Wheel Alignment Fundamentals
There’s nothing more satisfying than putting in that perfect lap in your car at your local race track. That feeling of carving through a series of corners with your car perfectly balanced on the limit is hard to beat. Whether you’re racing the stopwatch or your fellow competitors, you’re always looking for a way to go faster.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your car and drop your lap times is by optimising the suspension setup and the alignment settings. That’s exactly what you’ll learn in Racecraft’s wheel alignment fundamentals course.
If you’re like most enthusiasts then you probably rely on the services of a wheel alignment specialist at your local tire shop. While these shops might do a great job aligning a stock road car, often they aren’t familiar with the optimal alignment settings for race track use. This means you're likely to end up with sub par results. Even if you find a great alignment shop, you can't take them to the track with you, meaning you can’t make changes if something isn’t quite right. At best it’s also going to get expensive if you’re regularly having alignment changes made by a specialist before every event.
I know what you’re thinking - This is all well and good but you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to buy your own wheel alignment equipment. Well, don’t worry because we have the solution. You’re probably used to seeing wheel alignment specialists using ultra expensive camera based alignment systems on bulky 4 post lifts. But in this course you’ll learn that you can perform your own accurate wheel alignments with nothing more than a camber gauge, some aluminium extrusion, a set of jack stands, some nylon line and a ruler.
If this all sounds a little bit unprofessional then you might be surprised to hear that the exact techniques you’ll learn in this course are also used by top motorsport teams in every form of racing, including LMP1 and F1. Not only will these techniques allow you to perform your own alignments, but you can also take all the equipment to the track with you. This is perfect when you want to try an alignment change while you’re at the track, or switch between a dry and wet setup.
In this course you’ll learn about the suspension components in your car and how different suspension systems work. You’ll learn about camber, caster, and toe, as well as how to measure these elements and make adjustments to them. You’ll also learn about more advanced topics such as roll centre height and how it can influence the handling of your car.
You’ll learn the skills and techniques that you’ll need to understand in order to analyse problem areas in your cars handling, decide on the correct course of action to correct these problems, and then how to apply and test these changes safely . You’ll learn the fundamentals behind suspension operation and wheel alignment, and the techniques to perform your own fast and accurate wheel alignments in your shed or at the race track.
To make performing your own wheel alignments quick and easy we've broken the job down into the Racecraft 7 step process. Each step of this process is straightforward to complete and in no time you’ll have your alignment exactly where you need it. By following the process you’ll have the confidence that you haven’t overlooked any critical elements that could result in mistakes or potentially make your car unsafe.
Once you’ve learned the theory and practical skills presented in this course you’ll be able to watch them being put to use in our library of worked examples. These are an informal walk through where you can watch the 7 step process being applied from start to finish on a real alignment job.
The skills you’ll learn in this course are universal and applicable to any car. So regardless whether you're attending a couple of track days a year in your daily driver, or you’re competing every weekend in a dedicated race car, the skills and techniques required are exactly the same.
I know many enthusiasts are interested in learning to perform their own wheel alignments, but they think that the required knowledge and techniques are beyond them, or the equipment is too expensive. If that sounds like you then this course will change your mind, showing you that any enthusiast like you with an eye for detail and some patience can learn to perform accurate alignments without spending thousands on specialist equipment.
What you will learn
How Suspension Works
Race Alignment Fundamentals
A step-by-step Alignment Process
How to make a Low Cost Alignment System
More advanced topics like Roll Centre Adjustment
- How to measure & optimize Camber, Caster and Toe