“To cage, or not to cage?” That question has fueled many debates on enthusiast message boards. The naysayers argue that one’s head may contact roll bar tubing during an accident and that the tubing is really, really hard. Proponents insist that fast cars need proper safety equipment and a sound structure.
In truth, there is no easy answer. During an impact, contact between your head and a car’s dash, A-pillar or even glass, can result in serious trauma — especially if the roof structure or doors collapse. You don’t get to pick and choose the terms or severity of an accident on the street. Every enthusiast needs to make their own choice regarding roll cages and safety.
For our own car, the Track 1 Camaro, we decided to add a roll cage based on our highly successful TigerCage design. Built from stainless steel TigerCages rely on our patented TigerClamps for bolt together installation. The TigerCage system adds structural rigidity without the need for welding.
TigerCages are offered in 4 point configuration with optional seatbelt bar and road race bars that tie the main hoop into the kick panel area and floorboards. The Track 1 Camaro has some additional bracing in the form of A-Pillar bars and “Down Bars” that run through the firewall and into the engine bay. They tie the entire structure together by connecting the A-Pillar bars to the subframe.
We worked hard to position the A-pillar bars as high as possible and close to the A-Pillars. Our innovative TigerClamps and bolt together floor mounts give us the option of removing the A-pillar bars on the street. It’s a slick design, for sure. Note that we have no immediate plans to produce the A-pillar bars and down bars at this time. This is a great example of motorsports parts driving production parts development.
Work is proceeding nicely at Smitty’s Custom Automotive in Tiffin, Ohio. Chris “Smitty” Smith is sorting out the Track 1 Camaro’s ergonomics. We have the opportunity to position the seat, pedals, steering column and gauges for maximum comfort and leverage. We will cover that process in the next project update.
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For the TigerCage System, click HERE
For more information about RideTech Track 1 Products, click HERE
To visit SmittysCustomAuto.com, click HERE
To View other parts in the Track 1 Camaro Series, click HERE