Production Car Racing

Production car racing is similar to touring car racing, but with heavier restrictions in regards to allowed modifications of the vehicles. Whereas touring race cars tend to be everyday style cars that are heavily modified, production cars are mass-produced public use cars that are slightly modified for racing purposes. These modifications include a protective roll cage and harnesses for safety purposes and racing tires such as slick tires for increased traction and reliability.

Slick tires are specifically designed for auto racing and do not feature the standard grooves cut into the tread of regular tires serving to maximize contact with the track. Due to the use of softer rubber, in order to allow maximum adhesive traction to the road, theses specialized tires tend to wear out much quicker than conventional tires and drivers will often burn through many sets in a day of racing.

In production car racing, many categories are centered on particular automakers, these are also known as “one make” series races and prominent series include Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Audi. The Porsche international one-make series, particularly the 911 GT3 series, is of special interest as it runs races with identical vehicles and focuses on equal opportunity of the drivers and teams. This means that the outcome of the race is solely based on competitor performance. These races often pit amateur racers against experienced drivers, new talent versus professionals, in both national and international settings. The overall result is exciting races, with amateurs that are hungry for success trying to prove themselves against the experts.

Some of the principal production car races include the Dubai 24 Hour, Bahrain 24 Hour, Bathurst 12 Hour and Malaysian 12 Hour, organized by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) who act as sanctioning bodies for national and international race programs.

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