There are many things that must be in harmony to win a race. From your car’s tire pressure, suspension set up, engine, and team – it is almost remarkable for everything to go 100% right. Many teams chase issues throughout the season, and other times, luck seems to be on your side. Preventative measures are always a top priority and, among that, so is knowing what your engine is doing, when, and why.
With that being said, I wanted to write a quick note today about why gauges are important and why you should consider installing some in your car. Most modern cars all have gauges, but most of them output fairly general information – for example the oil and/or water temperature is usually always found in the dead middle – what exactly is that!? It’s funny to think that the majority of cars on the road today don’t display numerical outputs when considering these gauges.
For racing applications, it is imparative that you monitor several aspects of your motor before during and after a race. Respectively speaking, we have 7 Auto Meter gauges in my GRR Racing Scion FRS. These include: oil pressure, oil temperature, water temperature, boost, air/fuel ratio, fuel pressure, and fuel level. Thankfully we are fortunate enough to be using the Elite series gauges, which are programmable and easily read – even during a race. They light up colored, based on the reading, and can change from green to white to red in the event of a temperature or pressure change.
It is important to rememeber the rule of thumb, “you get what you pay for”. I have been in the position where a gauge was not reading the correct outputs, and in result, I forfeited my position in the race to maintain a “safe” zone based on what the gauge was telling me. In real time, it was heart breaking, but after finding out the true reason for the reading was a faulty gauge, it was more than infuriating. Since then, we’ve partnered with Auto Meter one of the most trusted brands when it comes to gauges, and we couldn’t be happier!
Depending on your application certain gauges may be more important to monitor than others. The important part is knowing which gauges those are, installing them correctly, and knowing how to read them! Be sure to check out our partner, Auto Meter at: www.AutoMeter.com and use coupon code: ABBATE30 to receive a discount on your order(s) for a limited time!