Before you get to working on your car to have it meet your performance goals, you need to make sure that you are picking the right model and make for what you are trying to accomplish.
For example, if you want a car to participate in an auto cross, a Lincoln Town Car is definitely not a good starting point. You can improve the car significantly with various enhancements, but you still won’t get a great autocross vehicle. Similarly to this, if you want a drag racing car, then you should leave your Hummer in the garage.
Obviously, these examples are somewhat outrageous, but they do illustrate the point perfectly: before you get to buying parts and making modifications, you need to think about your end goal and then evaluate your starting point with the end goal in mind.
It may very well be that the car that you currently own is definitely not a good fit for what you are trying to accomplish. However, if you are in the process of shopping for a new car or if you can afford to buy a car for a specific goal that you have, then choosing the right car becomes even more important.
What you want to do is assign percentages for different uses of the car. The percentages do not even have to add to one hundred.
For example, if you are looking for an everyday car that you can also use as a weekend track car, your percentages may be the following:
- using the car to get to work: every day, 100%
- Weekend use: every other weekend, 50%
- Business use: 20%
This list will allow you to quickly see if the cars that you like fit your goals. For example, if you are looking at BMW M3, you can run it through the list and see that it could perform all the functions that you want it to.