Car Guide

Is my car suitable?
All Toyota & Lexus vehicles are welcome to enter, just so long as they meet safety and noise emission requirements. 
As a general rule, your car needs to be up to MOT safety standards, should be in good condition and well serviced. 

 

Car Preparation:
Most modern Toyota’s are built exceptionally well and will cope very well with spirited driving.
However here are a few simple things that you should do to help ensure your car will cope with the extra stresses of sprinting and go home in as good condition as when it arrived.

 

Brakes:
Make sure the discs, pads and brake fluid are in good condition. 
If you need to change pads remember to allow time for bedding in, prior to competing.
Many competitors will upgrade the discs, pads, brake lines and fluid to enhance their performance on the track. These upgrades will also make the car safer on the road.

 

Tyres:
Tyres are (hopefully) the only contact point with the track and need to be in good condition and at the correct pressure.
Altering tyre pressures can be effective in changing the handling and balance of the car. The pressures should be checked when up to operating track temperatures.
Please be sure to return them to normal pressures before heading home on the public roads.

 

Engine:
As the engine will spend more time at high rpm, it is a recommended that the oil and filter is changed regularly and whilst taking part in the event, the oil level is monitored frequently.
It is usually a good idea to keep the oil level at maximum but not to overfill.
Many competitors use upgraded synthetic oil which can cope better with higher temperatures.
If the engine has any major oil leaks, you may be stopped from running as oil and tyres do not mix well.

 

Steering and Suspension:
These are the parts that help determine the handling characteristics of the vehicle and need to be in a good serviceable condition.
Prior to the event it is imperative to check for worn or broken parts.
There are many available upgrades for the majority of the suspension and many will work out cheaper than OEM replacement parts.

 

Bodywork:
The vehicle’s bodywork should be clean and in good condition with no sharp protruding parts and must clear the wheels at all extremes of steering and suspension travel.

 

Fuel:
It is recommended that you use a high quality fuel, preferably super unleaded or better. This will keep the engine happy at high rpm and loads, and reduce the chances of detonation on turbo cars. 
There is also a wide range of octane boosters which may be used.
Please make sure there is enough fuel in the car to complete the run.

 

Noise:
The vast majority of tracks in the UK now have noise limits imposed on them by their local councils. 
The limit for all Toyota Sprint Series rounds is 102db, unless otherwise stated in event regulations. 
The test is carried out using a noise meter which is placed at a 45 degree angle to the exhaust outlet and 0.5m away. The car is then held at 3/4 of its maximum rev limit and the highest reading recorded is the cars recorded noise output for the day. 
If a car is over the official limit, the car will not be allowed onto the circuit. Toyota Sprint Series organisers or Javelin will have no part in this process or any say in its outcome. 
If you do not know what the noise output of your car is, you are welcome to visit any of Javelin’s events for a free test.
It is a good idea to make and install noise bungs, which are basically noise restrictors placed in the rear silencer. Please make sure they are securely fitted.

 

Vehicle Contents:
Please make sure that you remove everything that isn’t securely fixed, including the spare wheel, jack and brace etc.
All interior gauges and instruments etc. must be securely fixed in place.
Cables and wires above the pedals must be securely clamped and not able to interfere with the driver’s feet. 

 

Seat Belts:
Must be in serviceable condition and worn at all times.
Some people upgrade to full harness type seat belts, and although they hold you in the seat really well, we recommend they are only fitted with the correct seat and full rollover protection.
If you do wish to fit full harness seatbelts, make sure the seat is suitable. Anchorage points creating a higher angle to the horizontal (45 degree max) must not be used unless the seat meets the requirements of the FIA standard

 

Insurance:
It is very unlikely your normal road policy will cover you for sprinting, it may be best to take out additional cover if you desire. 
Although track day & sprinting accidents are rare, if you decide to take your car on to a track, you must be aware that you are accepting the risk. By taking part you have already agreed to this. 
You will also be required to sign a further declaration at each event. This is usual practice. The Organizers, Landowner, Javelin or any other person or company cannot be held responsible, even if an accident is not your fault, so make sure you are insured.

 

Driver:
The minimum requirements are covered arms and legs and a correctly fitting crash helmet to correct standards.
We also recommend the use of fireproof overalls and gloves.
The driver must have a current UK road license as issued by DVLA. 
The driver should be fit and healthy with adequate eyesight for track use. 

 

In car Cameras:
Video and photographic equipment is allowed but the installation must be secure, and checked by an official. No handheld equipment is allowed.
Some events may not allow in car cameras.

 

Supporters:
Supporters are welcome and encouraged.
They must behave sensibly, stay in the designated area and obey any marshal’s instructions.
Children must be kept under the supervision of an adult at all times.
No pets are allowed.

 

Access Roads:
Please remember to keep both speed and noise to a minimum in your approach to the event and at all times whilst on site access roads.
Please also drive sensibly and within the speed limits when leaving the venue.