Got a reply from a guy thats trying to sell a race prept 325. His guess is that it would have around 220hp and weighs around 2,700lb....US$15K. Maybe not enough zip in her in that form?Can't remember where l found the "for sale" sign
My business partner placed a deposit on the Lotus Elise 6 months ago when they announced their plans to bring this car to the US in 2003. It's supposed to be $35k-$40k and will have go cart handling! It has "track car" written all over it.
Originally posted by mweel Apples,
I have been looking into the WRX as an alterative car for the track.
after sears pt. i attended a driving school @ ca. speedway. there was a wrx running way over 300 hp that overheated constantly. not to say that can't be rectified. but it's so new, the problems aren't ironed out yet. i like a good ol' e 36 m3 for a bmw solely track car. although that elise is fantastic!
Apples, I really think that a 98 C5 Vette would be a very good platform. You would need to add T1 suspension package, tranny and engine oil coolers, fikse/hoosiers, rollcage, racing buckets, upgrade the brakes (pads/sslines), reprogram PCM, headers/exhaust, remove air/radio/sound deadening material/carpet. fire exthinguisher, and maybe a nice momo steering wheel. Then after you drive it for a while and can't go any faster, send it to MTI for a 422 stroker package (this is a Viper Killer).
thanks for bringing this topic up....I have also been looking into buying a track car......as far as BMW......I personally like the E30 M3, even thought about possible getting an E34 M5/535. (the E36 M3 looks a bit dated to me...no offense to anyone that owns this car!).
Corvette :...you are either a corvette fan or not.....I am not. But think the recent incarnation of this car has proven itself on the track.
As far as the Rx7 : I can tell you from my experience that YupKwondo is right on the money....this car is an e x c e l l en t track car. But I personally wouldnt buy it.....because of the following suggestions:
LOTUS :....Having a Lotus Espirit.....I can tell you this car is absolutely NOT a track car. It is for someone who wants a good looking car....with the messy driving experience of older true exotics. Having said that...I have to tell you the there are NO cars that slide as PERFECTLY as a Lotus Esprit.
As far as the Lotus ELISE : My brother has a deposit on the first Elise to be brought into New York as he arranged the deposit an signing BEFORE lotus USA announced bringing this car into the country.(thats how much he likes the car) Bottom LINE on the LOTUS : Car looks like an ALIEN.....BUT is an EXCELLENT TRACK CAR!!!!!!!
My suggestion......get a PORSCHE 911 !!!!!!!!!!.....nothing gives you as much driver feedback...and puts that rewarding smile on your face as one of these cars. Trust me.....once you buy one...you're hooked!! PLUS there is SO MUCH out there in terms of parts and racing (one of the probs with the RX7)
APPLES and OTHERS....get a porsche 911....you wont be disappointed. My suggestion is ...
#1 must be a 911 AFTER 1978 (rust proof)
#2 "SC" or Carrera (1981-1988) are among the most reliable cars you will ever own
#3 I personally would SKIP the 964 version....and go straight for a 993.
It seems that what you are looking for is not matching the price range you want the car to be in......To find a Bmw in that price range should be no probs, but to have it race preped, I just don't think it will be possible,
I'm guessing numbers here, but I'm sure I'm close
Full 10 point roll cage....2-5k
engine work.....5-10k or alot more, just how crazy you want to go
It's seems that the foreign arena might be more than you're looking for........
I say we go for the M3 gtr.....It only a second place finish
But seriously, what is it you don't like about the vette??? remember it's for the track, it's not a show piece.....I'm not a vette fan either, but as far a performance, that' the best bang for the buck, and might even be the best bang for any buck.......
I have a feeling you would change your mind if you build the vette (done right), once you take that first turn at 130...
There is also another really excellent track car: get a US spec M Coupe (240hp), put on a supercharger from a reputable company like e.g. Active Autowerkes (sp?) that increases the power to 400hp, strip the interior and install a rollcage. These cars has been very successful in 24 races in Europe.