What’s the oil change interval on a sequential SADEV gearbox? How do you figure out what tire pressures to run during a qualifying lap? And what exactly are the settings for camber and caster to optimize your vehicle’s contact patch during a hot lap?
All of that and more will be in our latest series, Motorsport Mondays.
By now, you know about FCP Euro’s motorsports documentary series, The Paddock. It provided a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of our motorsports program, from securing sponsorships, traveling to races, and even some of the hardships we faced throughout each weekend at the track. But this year, we’re going to do things a little differently.
This year, our program is coming in-house. What’s that mean? Rather than using a logistics partner for the transport, prep, and race support, we’re going to do it all ourselves. That includes working on the cars in the off-season, transporting them to the race, working on them at the track during a race, and optimizing them for winning the event itself and, more importantly, running it all out of the same facility that you pick up your parts. It’s a massive undertaking.
If I had to summarize Motorsport Mondays in one sentence, it’d be: translating how working on two professional championship-winning race cars can help you work on your European car. Our Volkswagen GTI TCRs are just cars, after all, and there’s plenty of things we have under our belts that could help you in your endeavors, whether it’s in your driveway doing routine maintenance or at a track going after your own fastest lap.
Our first episode is just an introduction to the series, introducing the recurring “characters” (Nate Vincent, our Director of Motorsport and driver of the #72 GTI TCR) and the format of the series itself. We also pull apart the cars for the first time since the last race of the 2019 season to verify if they’re still fit to race. Everything from checking turbos, to wheel bends, to engine compression will be explained in the series, as we genuinely want you, our viewer, to come away empowered and ready to work on your vehicle in the same way that we’re doing on ours.
Like the series? Want to see something specific related to our race cars? Have questions about working on your race car? Please leave it in the comments below.