What type of vehicles are suitable for track driving?

What type of vehicles are suitable for track driving? 2023-04-11T12:42:52-06:00

Generally speaking, any modern sports car, sports coupe, or sports sedan is suitable for participation in road course lapping events … when properly prepared for the rigours of track driving.

Preparation is the responsibility of the driver, including completion of a Self-Tech inspection prior to each event.  See vehicle preparation for more information.

Are any vehicles unsuitable or prohibited?

Yes … please read the following list of prohibited or otherwise unsuitable vehicles before registering:

Convertibles, cabriolets, and open-top vehicles: If you plan to bring a convertible to the track, please read the following very carefully.


Convertibles, cabriolets, and open-top vehicles by any other name MUST HAVE structural rollover protection located behind the driver and passenger to be permitted on track in our group.  Convertibles, cabriolets, and open-top vehicles by any other name without structural rollover protection located directly behind the driver and passenger are not permitted.


Appropriate types of rollover protection include fixed roll bars, fixed roll cages, and roll bars that deploy automatically in the event of a collision or rollover. Cosmetic bling behind the driver is not enough … rollover protection must be able to support the weight of the vehicle under the stress of impact during a rollover.  While we are not engineers, if we believe your rollover protection is not sufficient we have no choice but to send you home.


broomsticktestThe  height of the roll bar or roll cage hoop must also be sufficient to protect the occupants. If occupants ore using 4-,5-, or 6-point racing harnesses, the top of all occupants’ helmets needs to fall below the line between the top of the windshield and the top of the roll bar if the roll bar is going to provide full protection.  In motorsport, this is referred to as the “broomstick test” because it is typical practice to rest a broomstick across the top of the windshield and the roll hoop while the occupants are seated in the vehicle to determine whether the roll hoop is high enough.  If the top of any occupants’ helmet is above this plane, the roll bar is not going to provide sufficient protection. Sufficient roll hoop height can be an issue for tall drivers, in part because the roll hoop is designed by the manufacturer for street use (driving without a helmet). It is your responsibility to confirm you have sufficient roll bar height before registering for our events.


See our approved convertible list for convertibles that have already been vetted and approved.


If you are not certain your convertible, cabriolet, or open-top vehicle meets the above, please contact us BEFORE registering for an event.

Trucks, vans, SUVs, SAVs, and cross-overs  Safety is our first concern. The safety features incorporated in race tracks, such as gravel traps and concrete k-walls, are designed to contain vehicles that are similar in size and weight to a sportscar or sport sedan. Vehicles with a significantly higher ride height may skim through gravel traps with significantly less reduction in speed. Vehicles that are significantly heavier may overrun the length of a gravel trap, or significantly move a concrete wall upon impact. And of course, the risk of a rollover increases as centre of gravity rises. All of these factors place the occupants of a vehicle at greater risk, or may put spectators at risk. This increased risk is not acceptable, and therefore production Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), Sport Activity Vehicles (SAVs), cross-over vehicles, trucks, and vans are not permitted at our events.
Highly–modified street vehicles Vehicles with significant modifications from stock may not be suitable. In terms of reliability, vehicles with engine swaps or significant horsepower-increasing modifications can be unreliable when exposed to the rigors of track driving, experiencing premature brake fade, engine overheating, and fluid leaks. These reliability issues not only affect the owner, but they can pose a quite significant safety risk to others on the track. Or if you have a blower sticking out of the hood that you can’t see past, we have a different safety issue. Highly modified vehicles require prior approval … please contact us BEFORE bringing a highly-modified vehicle to one of our events.
Vehicles with less than four wheels Yes, we mean motorcycles.  Due to the significant differences in mass and acceleration/deceleration rates, motorcycles and cars do not mix well at a track event.  Motorcycle events also require additional safety equipment, such as Airfence soft-wall barriers, that neither Track Junkies nor RAD Torque Raceway provide.  If you would like to track your motorcycle, we suggest checking out Edmonton Motorcycle Racing Association (EMRA) or Hard NoX Track Dayz. EMRA and HardNoX host events at RAD Torque Raceway.

Prohibited or otherwise unsuitable vehicles will not be permitted on track.  No refund will be issued.  If you have questions regarding the above, please contact us.