Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Strawberry Fields
Re: Drag racing suggestions
First, brake torqueing, as it's called, is when you press your brake pedal in as far as it goes and at the same time, hold the gas pedal down far enough so that the brakes can hold the car just enough from moving your car out of the staging lights. Then, when the last amber lamp is about to switch to green, let off the break, and floor your gas pedal as far as it will go.
Second, the idea is to deflate your front tires and inflate your rear since the car is FWD, it needs as much rubber as it can get to avoid as much tire slip as possible. Just think of wide shoes versus thin shoes. However, do not overdo it because you might either cause your tires to blow up because the rim will cut into them if it is at too low of a PSI or the less air in the tires, the more rolling resistance they have because the motor has to move more tire because it sags on the track and such. There is no exact way to say OK, it should be this or that PSI, you just have to balance it out where you have the front tires at just enough PSI to sag your tires enough to avoid wheel spin, but still enough to not get too far from stock. Your rear tires you can either leave them as they are or pump them up just a little bit. Remember, when you floor your car, the front end lifts up, and since your drive is in the front, you want to put as much weight distribution towards the front so that the engine does not have to work real hard when the tires aren't going forward fast enough because they are working against the wind resistance of the lifted up body.