From the glossy paintwork to the rev of the engine, there’s nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a hi-performance cruiser. However, with supercharged motors, air-gliding builds, specially tuned suspensions, and more, caring for a high-performance vehicle is different than your typical sportscar.
When it comes to routine maintenance and upkeep, just how different is it? In the following post, Automotive Training Center (ATC) decided to pop the hood and take a peek! Learn more about what you need to know about high-performance vehicle maintenance below.
More Tire TLC
The thrill of burning rubber is not without its consequences. Because tires are more heavily taxed on the track, you’ll want to make sure that your hi-performance speedster is equipped with the right tires and inspected very often for wear throughout the season.
The high speeds and tight corners high-performance tires endure require that they be replaced far more frequently than a set of all-season tires driven exclusively on traditional pavement. A tire treadwear study done by Consumer Reports found that while mainstream tires can last as many as 70,000 miles before needing to be replaced, ultra-high-performance tires only last about half that distance.
Of course, you should always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for recommended maintenance intervals, but hi-performance automotive technicians will likely see more tire-related appointments than technicians who just care for mainstream vehicles.
Parts & Engine Access
Plain and simple, the supercar category features more custom-built vehicles. These exotic and sometimes structurally adventurous rides veer away from traditional body styles that enable ease of use on the part of a technician.
In order to master balance for the track and produce a maximum amount of power while staying compact and curvaceous, many hi-performance vehicles require extra work in order to perform routine maintenance procedures, such as changing the oil or replacing a spark plug. Special lifts may be required to get these cars off the ground and properly balanced in the air, all while providing protection and access to necessary equipment.
With these cars, some seemingly simple repairs and replacements can require removing the engine from the inside of the vehicle in order to complete. The other side of the coin is that with fewer models made in total, an exotic sports coupe or convertible is going to have fewer OEM parts made, so it may be a longer process to order in or source parts.
Get Revved Up for Your Future
If you’re amazed by the engineering that goes into cars like the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive or the Lamborghini Huracán, studying how to care for high-performance rides like these may be a great fit for your interests and aspirations.
Want to learn about what might be in store when you put your skills to the test by enrolling in a hi-performance automotive technology program? Check out our informative blog post all about that very subject!