Autocross Equipment Guide|
Autocross is one of the most affordeable forms of motorsports. Basically all you need is your car and a helmet...however there are several other products we recommend to enhance your experience.
A helmet is your most important piece of safety equipment. All autocrossers will need a Snell M2010 or SA2010 rated helmet. Most event organizers will provide a few loaner helmets for first-timers, but we recommend getting a helmet of your own once you decide to continue with the sport. Some of our favorite helmets are the Pyrotect Pro Airflow, HJC AR-10 II, and G Force Pro Eliminator. For more details on helmets, checkout our helmet guide, or to view all of our helmets, go here.
In an autocross shoe, you want something that offers good feel on the pedals, but at the same time is comfortable to walk around during the event and work the course. Our favorite shoes for autocross are the Simpson Adrenaline and Simpson Fusion. Both of these shoes are very comfortable and offer great pedal feel.
|Car Number/Class Magnets|
Every car that participates in an autocross will need to have numbers and class markings displayed
prominently somewhere on the vehicle. We recommend our magnetic numbers and class letter kits. Shoe polish is OK for newbies to the sport, but it makes a mess, and just doesnt look very professional. If you have a fast and cool looking car, why not have good looking numbers and class letters?
A quality racing harness belt, like those made by Schroth Racing, will hold you in the seat MUCH better than factory seat belts will. Without one, you might find yourself using the steering wheel to hold you in place. This is NOT good for car control. We recommend Schroth harness belts for autocrossing, but also carry belts from G Force and Corbeau. A less expensive alternative to a racing harness is the new CG-Lock Performance Seat Belt Add-On.
A tire gauge is very important for autocrossing since accurate tire pressure is key to good grip. We carry a quality Longacre 2" 0-60 lbs tire pressure gauge.
A padded helmet support or neck collar, like the Bell/Pyrotect Contoured or G Force SFI helmet support, is not totally necessary for autocross, but is a good idea. If you were to get in an accident, a neck collar could save you from whiplash or more serious injuries. We also find that a padded neck collar will force you to keep your head up straight, which provides for better vision out of the car.
The factory seats in most cars offer very little lateral support. Without a race seat (and/or harness belt), you will involuntarily use the steering wheel or other stationary objects in the car for support. This results in an interruption of driver concentration, diminished control of the steering wheel, and body fatigue. A quality seat will hold the driver in a fixed position in the car, thus allowing maximum concentration and feedback through the steering wheel. Some of the more popular seats for autocrossing are the Corbeau Forza and Corbeau FX1 Pro. We carry Corbeau and Sparco Race Seats.
|Tires and Suspension|
Tires and Suspension are perhaps the most critical components for your car when it comes to autocrossing, driving schools, and track days.
A set of strong and lightweight wheels can help reduce unsprung weight, impoved acceleration and braking, add rigidity, and increase brake cooling.
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