We can help you make your Autocross and Solo Racing experience safe, fast and reliable
Autocross is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe, low-cost competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate one at a time through a temporary course marked by traffic cones, rather than racing on a track with multiple other cars, as in road racing or oval racing. Autocross tends to place more emphasis on car handling and driver skill than on sheer horsepower, and events typically have many classes which allow almost any vehicle, from economy sedans to purpose-built vehicles, to compete.
Speeds are slower in absolute terms when compared to other forms of motorsports, usually not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level (measured in discrete turns per minute) can be higher than even Formula One due to the large number of elements packed into each course. Autocross courses are typically 40 to 70 seconds in length. In addition to being a national-level motorsport in its own right, autocrossing is a good way to learn skills that transfer to road racing, as drivers learn vehicle control and club ethics.
Autocross events are usually held in large paved areas like parking lots or airfields. Typically, new courses are created for each event so drivers must learn a new course each time they compete. Prior to driving, a competitor will walk the course, taking mental notes, and developing a strategy to be refined upon subsequent runs. National organizations such as ASN Canada and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sponsor autocross events throughout Canada and the United States, and many areas have independent autocross clubs. Automobile manufacturers and their associated clubs (e.g. Porsche Club of America and the BMW Car Club of America) sometimes hold marque autocross events.
At Paragon, we have a full suite of products geared towards the autocross racer, whether you're a new racer or someone that has a few too many trophies to fit on the bookshelf. The first thing that every Autocrosser needs is proper safety gear. A recently certified helmet is almost always mandatory and a good pair of grippy gloves will give you great tactile feel of what the car is doing through the steering wheel.
The second thing that every Autocrosser needs is a good tire gauge. We carry professional grade gauges from Tanner and Intercomp. While it may be tempting to grab a tire gauge from your local gas station or department store, the difference between a great handling car and a mediocre one is often a difference in tire pressure of less than 3 psi; the run-of-the-mill gauges just don't have that level of precision.
Now that you have the basics covered, as you gain more experience, we can help you overcome the deficiencies in your car's platform with race winning, world renowned suspension systems from Moton, Bilstein, H&R and Hypercoils. If you're car is used primarily on the street as most Autocross cars are, we recommend looking at a suspension kit that has the engineering done for you. If you've outgrown your platform and want to step to a more track focused setup, we can help you build a full Moton or Bilstein setup.
To keep your car running in top mechanical order, you'll need to keep your fluids clean and fresh. Quite often in our full race cars, we use different lubricants to achieve better results on the track. For example, certain gear oils and oil weights can produce better results for track use. We can help you select the right lubricants to ensure safe, reliable and fast performance for your Autocross car.
Autocross is a fantastic motorsport that brings together the rare combination of a safe, but thrilling environment. As you progress through the Autocross ranks, we're here to provide you the next step of equipment required to compete at every level. Contact or visit us to get all your Autocross needs met. We'll be happy to let you try on different helmet and glove sizes and to get you the absolute perfect combination of parts tailored to Autocross.