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Preparing Your Ice Racer
For the rubber-to-ice classes, the minimum car preparation would involve the removal of headlights, tail lights and any exterior plastic trim that could break in a collision. Bumpers must be modified so that they cannot 'hook up' with another car and cause a crash.. This is usually accomplished by bridging the area between the bumper and the fender with sheet metal or a strip of tire tread. The brakes, steering and safety equipment must be in proper working order.
The only safety equipment that a rubber-to-ice driver is required to buy is a helmet that meets the standards outlined in the CASC Ontario Ice Racing Rules. These rules also provide information on roll bar construction, seat belt anchor points and other modifications necessary to compete in the metal-to-ice classes.
If you wish to improve the car there are many simple things you can do. The most common is to remove as much weight as possible from the car, particularly in the area of the non-driven wheels. This usually involves the removal of the rear seats, all upholstery panels, and anything else that is not necessary in a racing car!
Weight can be added in the area of the driving wheels to improve traction. The amount of weight necessary might be small in the case of a front wheel drive car, up to hundreds of pounds for a rear wheel drive car.