A New Layer of Protection

Update by Scott Lear to the Mini Cooper S Club Racer project car
Jan 8, 2010

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…our MINI Cooper S was not wearing any protective layers on its windshield.

Karl LaFolette of TearOffGuys.com stopped by the GRM headquarters on his way back from the Rolex 24 Test Days at Daytona, and saw that our MINI Cooper S was not wearing any protective layers on its windshield. Armed with his van full of goodies, he offered to fix the problem right then and there. The small crack that was at the top of the windshield is now hidden from view, and the windshield has a clear protective layer to ward off future damage. Thanks Karl!

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Nashco UberDork
1/14/10 1:29 p.m.

I don't get it. Is windshield damage a big problem for race cars? I hadn't heard of putting a layer of plastic over the entire windshield, seems like it would develop a haze/swirls over time.


iceracer PowerDork
1/15/10 9:21 a.m.

Nascar does.

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette UltraDork
1/26/10 11:48 a.m.

Just like paint protection saves hoods and fenders from road grime , rocks, and bird turds , windshield tearoffs can be multi layered . So while racing you can get behind a guy that blows and engine , spewing oil over your windshield you can pit and crew member grabs the tab and whoosh peel off layer of film and a new clear layer is below . Sorta like the claritan commercial . www.racetearoffs.com

Scott Lear
Scott Lear
9/22/10 12:42 p.m.

And yes, windshield damage is pretty common in race cars, sticky tires kick up lots of rocks, and racing usually means minimal following distances at high speeds. At certain tracks, like Miller Motorsports Park, the conventional wisdom is "never replace your windshield before racing here," as it WILL get cracked, chipped or broken.

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