Business geared to setting up, prepping race cars for the track

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By Chris Sardelli

A new motor sports service has raced into Lancaster County.

Performance Technologies, a company focused on race car preparation and set-up, officially opened Feb. 2, though it has been open since mid-January.

Owner and race enthusiast Ron Read recently relocated from northern Virginia. The Charlotte area attracted him because of its close association with motor sports, particularly NASCAR.

“The Washington, D.C., area is very disconnected from motor sports right now,” Read said. “Lancaster is only an hour from Charlotte and for me it makes a lot of sense. South Carolina is a very user-friendly state in terms of business and it’s considerably more affordable here.”

Read, a native of Australia, has been involved in the motor sports industry for more than 30 years.

Besides preparing race cars, he races the company race car, a Pontiac Grand Prix GT, in the Sports Car Club of America regional tour.  

Performance Technologies, located in a new 5,000-square-foot building at 1440 Lynwood Drive, offers several products and services, including high-end or advanced systems and race parts.  His business specializes in serving the racing community in the mid and south Atlantic regions of the United States.

“We’re trying to find a niche in a $19 billion industry,” Read said. “What we’re going to do is primarily race car suspension set-ups and guidance to help professional race teams.”

Read’s business uses a laser-based system called the Real Square Laser Alignment and Chassis Measurement System. It’s used to perform accurate alignment on race cars. Performance Technologies also sells and leases the system.

Other products available include digital scales, surface plates, springs, shocks, performance brake systems and low-drag hub assemblies, which are useful for dirt or asphalt short track racers.

For $59 an hour, Read’s team will scale cars and use its laser alignment system to help with steering and drivability.

Read said scaling is important for race cars because it ensures proper weight distribution when cars make turns on a racetrack. His services are developed to assist racers who compete in oval tracks, road/circuit racing, hillclimbs and solo events.

“We’re aimed at getting people to understand how you set up a car to be more drivable, to be able to roll through corners more quickly, and that’s what makes quick lap times,” he said. “It’s a science, it really is, but now I have some terrific equipment that takes the uncertainties and inconsistencies out of the process.”

For details about Performance Technologies’ services, call Read at (703) 431-5883. For a full list of products and services, visit www.performance-technologies.net.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416