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team o neil shows us why that racecar life and the daily commute don t always go together w video

Team O’Neil shows us why that racecar life and the daily commute don’t always go together - w/video

Our favourite driving instructors demonstrate that a racing clutch is great for, well… racing but not for crawling in traffic to work

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Dinesh Appavu

16 May 2018

You might think you’re pretty badass for daily driving your racecar with that racing clutch, circuit-spec coilovers and straight through exhaust that negates the need for a radio but according to our favourite driving instructors at Team O’Neil, your clutch will probably not think you’re all about that racecar life.

While it might be pretty cool to rock a racecar to work or the supermarket, that heavy duty racing clutch you replaced the stock one with might not be quite up to the job.

A normal clutch has all the right features such as springs and low-friction materials to take on the daily traffic condition such as creeping in traffic and starting on inclines that often requires some slipping.

On the other hand, race clutches make use of high-friction materials and a lack of springs that limit its ability to slip too much without the material overheating. If that happens, such as when you try to crawl in stop-go traffic or start from a standstill on an incline, the high-friction material might overheat with the slipping and actually fuse with the flywheel; essentially becoming a single piece and preventing you from changing gears.

Of course, there’s also the chance of humiliating yourself by stalling the car and bringing shame to your family and friends that also live the racecar life.

The Team O’Neil guys use a stock clutch from a Jeep Cherokee and a racing clutch from one of the Ford Fiestas they have in their fleet for training to demonstrate what each is good and bad at and what features they possess that makes those traits possible or highly not recommended.