How to improve the handling of your sports car. Hotchkis and Tire Rack can help.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 by Rudy Riedel
How to improve the handling of your sports car. Hotchkis and Tire Rack can help.

There are some common ways to improve the handling of your sports car. Wheels and tires, upgraded shocks and springs, performance alignment and proper air pressure all play an important role in your car’s handling performance.

This is one of my favorite modifications to improve the handling of my Subaru WRX.

The product I am referring to is the Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars bars (also called sway bars). Hotchkis Competition Anti-Roll Bars are designed for the highly competitive road course and autocross competitor that is looking to improve handling and reduce body roll. In the picture below, you can see the red Hotchkis roll bar vs. a smaller diameter OEM bar.

You will notice that the Hotchkis bar has three holes so you can adjust the stiffness of the roll bar to tweak your set up. The outside hole has the softest setting, the middle hole stiffer and the inside hole the stiffest. Typically, kits include greasable polyurethane bushing and stronger brackets as well as a 90-degree zerk fitting for easy lubrication. I lubricate mine at each oil change interval. They are also CNC-formed with forged ends for strength.

The benefits of the larger roll bar include less roll and a car that handles flatter through corners.

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