If fantasy were reality then there’d be one car that would meet everyone’s needs and expectations. That’s hardly the case, though, and while I must admit that auto manufacturers have been doing a great job getting very close to the ideal automobile for all purposes, they still aren’t there. Hence the reason you’re probably reading this magazine.
What I’m about to say may not go over well, but even after modifying your car it will never be perfect. I once thought I could build the perfect street/track car and got damn close, but the more I wanted out of it on the track, the more I had to sacrifice on the road. I eventually became content that if you truly want the best of both worlds, track, street, or show, you need two cars—one you can drive daily and the other to be your toy.
It would be nice, though, a second car to play with and modify without the worry of it getting you to work, or picking up groceries (or kids). The reality is the majority of us don’t have that luxury, so we have to make the best out of the one car we do own.
Just remember that sacrifices have to be made with every modification you make. A bigger turbo will be great for more horsepower, but it will result in laggy response for low-rpm street use. Tucking low-offset wheels will bring you all the Internet praise, but no one will be there to help you change your oil pan or pay for new tires on a monthly basis.
Look to find that balance when you have a car that needs to serve multiple purposes. You can still make more power and have decent response; there are plenty of turbos on the market that do just that. Lowering your car to a reasonable ride height is OK; we all don’t live in areas with perfectly paved roads.
Balance is the key to achieving a well-rounded-dual purpose automobile, so take a look at the feature cars on the following pages and you’ll see that philosophy used throughout.
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