New Dampers Assembling the Spec Miata Penske Shock Package

The new Penske shocks are now shipping to Spec Miata competitors across the country. That means drivers will have to retrofit their old Bilstein...

Communication Theory – How to Recognize, Measure and Fix Bump Steer

Clear communication between driver and machine is a fundamental requirement for speed, safety, confidence and predictability on the racetrack. The ideal relationship between you...

Damper Tuning

As you drive a corner, your control inputs are constantly transitioning so that you can swing your car’s acceleration vector around at the right...

Bushing Science

We all know what suspension bushings do. But beyond replacing stock rubber bushings with polyurethane models, what is the science behind these parts? What...

Bracing For Reality – Upgrading an E36 for the rigors of racing duty

The E36 is a great candidate for a racecar. One look at NASA’s German Touring Series will tell you that. The E36 strikes the...

Camber Matters – Optimizing Track Performance for Strut Suspension Cars

The suspension setup for a strut-equipped car is very much like that of a double wishbone “A-arm” suspension. You adjust camber and tire pressures...

How to Install Extended Ball Joints in a Spec Miata

Before the rules changed, the only way to get more negative camber from the front suspension on a Spec Miata was to lower the...

Spec E30 Adopts a New Ground Control Spring Package

My first exposure to Spec E30 came in 2007 when I was asked to be race director at the Championships event in Mid-Ohio. There...

Chassis Tuning With Dampers – A hard look at shock absorbers and their effects...

When the suspension moves, the shock absorber is designed to control movements of the suspension and chassis, working in conjunction with the springs. The...

24 Sins of Chassis Tuning – Make the most of your track time by...

At the race, you’re unloaded and ready to go for the first practice session. After the session is over, you feel lost because the...

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