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07-30-2002, 12:49 PM
This includes the budget for minor mods...Thinking of starting a racing hobby.. I'd like to go E36 M3 but that is a bit expensive... I want to go all the way for my first car.. superchrger, suspensions, etc... I'm think 92 Civic SI, or maybe find an E30 M3... anybody here with track experience here?<br><img src="">

07-30-2002, 12:53 PM

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07-30-2002, 12:57 PM
Rwd, low CG, lots of raceware.....

cage and hardtop. Bcar
07-30-2002, 01:13 PM

rwd and QUICK! Bcar
07-30-2002, 01:15 PM

07-30-2002, 01:16 PM
I would find out what cars your local SCCA races, BMWCCA, etc.

For instance, the SCCA closest to me likes to race, of all cars, VW Rabbits.

I asked a member of the BMWCCA in NJ a similar question and he likes to race 320i's from the late seventy's/early eighties.

If you build a kickin' spec Miata and have nowhere to race it, that would be a bummer.

I am at the same stage as you right now. If I only had another garage......

Jim Hodel
07-30-2002, 01:27 PM
Seriously, they are fast, cheap, reliable, and there is a booming aftermarket of go fast parts. Springs, shocks, and brakes will make for a great track car and you don't even have to touch the engine, although it is relatively easy to get 400 plus emissions compliant HP out of an LT1/LS1 350.

I think you could easily find a mid 90's Z28 six speed hardtop and add some selected modifications for $15,000. And, anybody who says a Z28 'doesn't handle' hasn't spent anytime at a racetrack. The cars are bulky feeling, but the handling balance and grip on a racetrack is very good.

For almost two years I owned 98 M3 for street use and a semi-modded 95 Z28 as my track car.


07-30-2002, 01:34 PM
sensation of speed greater because of size. Plenty of Mods. <br>

07-30-2002, 01:47 PM
Both drivers were instructors.... I don't know what had been done to that Honda but I am sure it had been completley re-worked. It looked fun ... even for front wheel drive.

07-30-2002, 02:01 PM
the inside rear tire always lifts off the ground under HARD cornering.

As much as I hate the Miata, it does make a great track car. It can be supercharged for good power too!

07-30-2002, 02:29 PM
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07-30-2002, 07:24 PM
YOu can build a cobra replica for ~$16k, 2000lbs, 225bhp. Or go with the 600BHP Ford Motorsports engine for a few more dollars....

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