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Old 06-05-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default most economical track car?

I was curious as to which car is the most economical to run based on consumables and replacement parts? I was thinking a miata or e36. Are there any other cars? Thanks
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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miata.
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:42 PM   #3
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miata for sure
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:07 PM   #4
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Did someone already say Miata?

The E36 is the polar opposite of that
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:10 PM   #5
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Miata. Older Hondas can be quite cheap too.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:14 PM   #6
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Yeah, EK civics are great track cars. I think a Miata would be better though. It's getting harder to get track parts for the older Civics (early/late 90's) the Chinese have killed off many of the parts manufacturers.

I tracked a Ek Honda with R swap for 2 years. Tires and brakes last forever and it was fast enough not to get stepped on.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:26 PM   #7
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Another check mark for the miata.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:27 PM   #8
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Another vote for honda, though miatas are great too. one thing that some people don't think about is the convenience of being able to put tools, tires, easy up, etc, in the back of your hatchback honda. If you are driving to aand from your track days, this makes the hondas more practical for the hobbiest imo.

5 years of honda challenge racing might make me a little bias too. If I had a dollar for every miata I have passed in my integra ...

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Old 06-05-2009, 04:36 PM   #9
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Dont forget the neon for ultra affordability.

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Old 06-05-2009, 04:44 PM   #10
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MKII VW, Same era Honda Civics, Miata.
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:58 PM   #11
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Another vote for honda, though miatas are great too. one thing that some people don't think about is the convenience of being able to put tools, tires, easy up, etc, in the back of your hatchback honda. If you are driving to aand from your track days, this makes the hondas more practical for the hobbiest imo.

5 years of honda challenge racing might make me a little bias too. If I had a dollar for every miata I have passed in my integra ...

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you can fit 4 rims/tires in the passenger side of a miata. or a trailer would work to

of course a miata vote form me
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:10 PM   #12
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you can fit 4 rims/tires in the passenger side of a miata.
Oh, well that's where honda drivers put our girlfriends.

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Old 06-05-2009, 05:17 PM   #13
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Oh, well that's where honda drivers put our girlfriends.

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lies! I personally would like a ek hatch race car instead of a miata.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:22 PM   #14
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Kind of a good point by Chris. Since I've been too lazy to get a tire rack installed on my trailer, I've been dumping my wheels and tires into the hatch of my Integra. It fits 8 wheels/tires just fine
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:23 PM   #15
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I love my 94 ex coupe as well, JDM GSR'd all the way
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:40 PM   #16
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speaking of integras, my DA street car is for sale. comes with shortened konis and 15" rotas.

Need a parts car Tom?

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Old 06-05-2009, 05:41 PM   #17
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Heck yea I do. $500 and drive it to Atl and I'm in
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:07 AM   #18
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miata+1 i'm bias tho cause i have one....if you get one for a track slut boost it and never look back
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:12 AM   #19
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Miata's are great, but the convertible aspect requires a roll bar (for most clubs) and many have problems getting the correct clearance from the bar with their head (and stock seats).

As a beginner car (and as a student) most clubs require safety equipment equal for driver/passenger, so if you need to get an aftermarket seat (the need to be narrow too which limits the selection) and bolt it to the floor to fit; as a student you'll be doing that for driver and passenger. Also the stock seats on the older models do not have openings for harnesses either.

Other than that the car is a blast. I am just keeping mine more stock at this point (as it is a daily driver) until I can progress enough to not require instructors; then add more equipment.

So, it really depends on your size to be honest; try to sit in a few before you pull the trigger.

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Old 06-06-2009, 11:58 AM   #20
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Once you choose a car - Miata, Honda, etc - how do you decide how much of your budget to put into the initial car purchase?

Let's say you have $10K to spend, do you buy an $8K car with the theory that it will require less work, or buy a $4K car with the theory that you can spend the other $4K upgrading the old worn out parts?
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:42 PM   #21
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Miata's are great, but the convertible aspect requires a roll bar (for most clubs) and many have problems getting the correct clearance from the bar with their head (and stock seats).

As a beginner car (and as a student) most clubs require safety equipment equal for driver/passenger, so if you need to get an aftermarket seat (the need to be narrow too which limits the selection) and bolt it to the floor to fit; as a student you'll be doing that for driver and passenger. Also the stock seats on the older models do not have openings for harnesses either.

Other than that the car is a blast. I am just keeping mine more stock at this point (as it is a daily driver) until I can progress enough to not require instructors; then add more equipment.

So, it really depends on your size to be honest; try to sit in a few before you pull the trigger.

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really easy to find the right bar.....

www.harddog.com

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Old 06-06-2009, 01:15 PM   #22
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Hmmmm I guess you could go with a:

Miata
Old Civic
Old e36
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All fun cars
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:19 PM   #23
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Oh, well that's where honda drivers put our girlfriends.

Chris Lock

If the woman isn't mad at you, then you aren't spending enough time or money on the race car.
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:26 PM   #24
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What's your budget?

I'd get an FVee

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