In the world of performance motoring there are any number of options if you want an off the shelf fast car, something that will decimate whether it is from the lights or on the track. Most major manufacturers have specific performance lines such as Audi’s RS and BMW’s M division that provide performance orientated versions of standard cars. The problem with this option though is that people demand an aesthetic upgrade to distinguish their performance orientated car from lesser cars in the range. This aesthetic upgrade means that anyone with even a basic knowledge of cars knows exactly what it is and generally form a judgement based on this. The art of putting a wolfs heart in sheep’s clothing is a dying one, current performance models simply do not carry the subtlety of previous Q cars such as the legendary Lotus Carlton and the far more subtle early iterations of Audi’s RS models such as the legendary RS2.
There is though a way that you can have a car that looks as close to standard as possible and yet possesses a shocking turn of speed when the mood takes you. The simple answer is to make your own car into a Q car by choosing modifications that do not show visually but pay real dividends in terms of speed. The first step to building your Q car is making sure that you have a good basic car that can handle being upgraded; a good start is something such as a BMW 3 series or a Quattro Audi if you want all wheel drive. Specialist in performance car sales will always have a good amount of options available to you at all prices that provide a subtle yet performance orientated platform to work with.
Once you have your standard car then it is time to get to work on choosing your upgrades, first of all will inevitably be the engine bay where most like to add a supercharger or turbo charger to add instant performance. Adding these can however have disastrous effects on the cars cooling and a power upgrade should always be complemented by cooling upgrades such as Airtec radiators to ensure that the car engine is not being put under too much strain. Once you have the power, then it’s time to add grip with tyre, wheel and suspension upgrades, it is important to pick upgrades such as wheels carefully and a good tip is to look for a wider wheel from the same manufacturer to keep that standard look.
Once you have built your own little beast then it is time to really test it and see what it can really do and the ultimate test for a car is to treat yourself to a track day. You will no doubt be surprised by the capabilities that your car shows when it is allowed out onto a racing circuit. There are hundreds of tracks up and down the country that offer track days to the keen driver to test their skills and cars. Oulton Park regularly host track days for beginners and more advanced drivers and is perfect for both as it has large run-off areas that limit the risk of damage coupled with tricky but rewarding corners such as the infamous cascades.
So if you want a car that doesn’t scream about its performance but is still a joy to drive then do not be tempted into the trap of off the shelf performance from manufacturers as you will inevitably end up with something that advertises its accomplishments too obviously. Instead go down the do it yourself route and get something that is not only quick but also bespoke and subtle.