Every pound of weight your vehicle carries hampers its performance on the track during acceleration, braking, and cornering. While overall power-to-weight ratio is important, keeping your vehicle's center of gravity lower to the ground is crucial for success in racing. Weight situated up high towards the roof of your vehicle raises its center of gravity, causing it lean over more and pull grip away from tires when composure is most needed around turns. One of the easiest ways to take weight off the upper part of your vehicle is by replacing heavy factory window glass with lightweight replacement windshields and window kits from CARiD.
Dollar for dollar, weight reduction is often a cheaper way to boost performance and handling than engine tuning is – plus your car is easier to drive and toss around. If you're serious about lowering your vehicle's center of gravity for the track, you may have already taken off your headliner, overhead lights, or even sun visors. But that's nothing compared to the weight savings you'll get when OEM glass is removed.
CARiD offers two levels of weight-saving polycarbonate windshields and windows for the racetrack. First, the Flex-A-Lite® Flexite Molded windows are curved to match the exact three-dimensional shapes of your vehicle's OEM glass, and they install in the exact same fashion using your vehicle's original window clamps and brackets. On the surface, the durable polymer pieces look the same as glass, but with reduced thicknesses of 3/16ths for the windshield and 1/8th inch for all other pieces, they weigh significantly less. All Flexite Molded window panels feature a stylish two-inch black border around all edges. For even greater weight savings, Flexite Flat window panels are precision cut from flat sheets and feature eased edges for improved fitment during installation. Because the Flat panels do not feature OEM curves, less material used in their construction means reduced mass. Window sections are. The Flat window panels rivet or screw in place, and require custom fabrication of mounting clips.
Whether you choose Molded or Flat polymer window sections, each of them is built with the same minimum thickness levels that meet all National Hot Rod Association racing standards. So what's the actual payoff? For example, a compact car such as a Mitsubishi Eclipse can see a reduction of 50 pounds when a windshield and full window kit is installed. The windows are made from scratch-resistant polymer, and if objects should glance off of them and cause a scratch, usually it can be minimized or buffed out without great effort. Back-half kits include rear quarter windows and rear deck window, and windshields are sold separately. Because these windows do not meet U.S. Department of Transportation safety regulations governing automotive glass, they are legal only for use on racetracks and you will not pass state safety inspections with them installed on your vehicle.
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) regulations specify windshields and windows on all cars must be made of OEM safety glass, Plexiglas, Lexan, or other shatterproof material with a minimum thickness of 3/16th inch for windshields and 1/8th of an inch for all other sections. For Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series vehicles, windshields and windows must be clear without tinting or coloring unless OEM factory tinted glass is installed. The full line of Flex-A-Lite auto glass replacements we sell meet all those regulations, and once they're installed on your vehicle you'll get on the racetrack without issue and make your mark there with ease.
Flex-a-Lite® has been involved in the design and production of cooling fans and other products for automotive racing and off-roading applications since the late 1960s. The company's mission statement has always been to provide excellent customer service with continuous improvement and refinement of all processes instrumental to creating leading edge products, and their products are second to none as a result. When you install any Flex-A-Lite® windows in your vehicle, you can rest assured thousands of hours of testing and refinement have gone into creating a quality product that will hold up under extreme racetrack conditions, and will survive heavy vehicle chassis flex. For decades, Flex-A-Lite® has won many awards at SEMA shows for best new performance products, and the company itself has been honored for excellent business practices and executive practices.