GTSPEC Technical Information Page
August 16, 2011 by admin
GTSPEC Products Technical Information Page. Giving detail information on advantage of our braces.
It is our ultimate goal to bring you the highest quality in performance products. GTSPEC suspension components will enhance the handling of your vehicle from streets to tracks. At GTSPEC, we simply put horsepower to the ground!!!
All production cars are spot welded on the assembly line. This process is lower in cost and allows more flex to be absorbed by the chassis (instead of the suspension components alone) to create a more comfortable but “mushy” ride. However, chassis flex needs to be minimized in order to maximize response and efficiency in a vehicle’s handling. This is why stitch welding, or seamless welds, is often a hidden groundwork for race cars building.
This is an image of a front end of a production vehicle. Pieces of components are assembled and spot welded together. Once that is done the assembled structure would be welded to the cabin in a similar process.
Now that you are more familiar with how a production vehicle is built, you should have more of an understanding of why and where vehicle flex can happen. At GTSPEC, we provide the chassis engineering solution for drivers who take their vehicles to the track on weekends or simply demand better handling and response on their daily driven vehicle. GTSPEC chassis reinforcement products are designed and engineered to correct and improve your vehicle’s geometry for superb handling and response,resulting in ultimate driving sensation.
Strut tower and under chassis brace
During heavy cornering, the tower mounts will flex in/out and twist, leaving the driver with sloppy response and in-accurate steering feedback. Flexing and twisting of the chassis will also upset the vehicle’s alignment, as well as the balance of the vehicle while cornering due to multiple steering corrections. Installing a strut tower brace will prevent/minimize this issue by transferring and balancing the G force under weight shift conditions, providing direct handling feedback to the driver in order to make the accurate steering response.
GTSPEC offers various multi-points under chassis braces that can change the characteristics of the vehicle. These braces are developed with one thing in mind, and that is chassis rigidity. A strengthened chassis will make the vehicle feel solid and responsive. During research and development we envisioned the uni-chassis as a box with an open side. When you put pressure on the edges on the open side there is a tendency for them to fold in or out, commonly known as “body roll”. The purpose of GTSPEC performance components is to close up the opening and minimize these conditions. The same concept can be applied to vehicle sub-frames. Under heavy cornering, sub-frames, which the suspension components are mounted to, would flex and twist during weight transfer. This will also affect the accuracy of the steering and upsetting the vehicle alignment. GTSPEC subframe reinforcement and under chassis braces offer the support in these area to prevent the flex of the under carriage.
In addition, our under chassis are designed with lowered vehicles in mind. Unlike other bracing companies, our components are designed to be close to the chassis when installed, providing maximum performance with ground clearance.
Why aren’t race cars using them?
There are companies that utilize the same idea of bracing in their race cars, but most of them are welded-in for race track usage. They also have up to $6,000.00 worth of roll cages installed in their vehicles. GTSPEC has developed these similar braces with the “weekend racer” and “daily drivers” in mind. GTSPEC braces are bolted down instead of welded to the vehicle. This allows adjustable applications of our braces according to variable conditions of daily driving and different forms of motorsport. We currently have vehicles with these items installed on autocross circuit for time attack races with excellent records. If you’re not caging it, BRACE IT!
Fender bracing has been seen on selective performance vehicles as OE or OE performance add on. GTSPEC raises the standard by utilizing the “X”, “diamond”, and triangular geometry along with different combinations of materials in our design to offer enthusiasts with nothing but the best. GTSPEC fender braces are engineered to efficiently reduc