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Old 05-12-2004, 04:52 PM   #1
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At the Track Automobile Magazine's Best Track Cars left out the Subys

Has anyone seen the new Autobile magazine Best Track Cars article. Nine cars but no Subaru WRX or STi.

Best Lap Times At Barber MS Park

1) Caterham Super 7 Superlight : 1:41.7
2) Noble M12 GTO-3R : 1:42.0
3) Ferrari Challenge Stradale : 1:42.8
4) Porsche GT3 : 1:44.1
5) Dodge Viper SRT-10 :1:45.3
6) Lotus Elise : 1:46.9
7) Mitsubishi Evolution RS : 1:48.2
8) Honda S2000 : 1:50.8
9) Dodge SRT-4 : 1:52.4

Seems like an oversight. Probably OK for our insurance
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Old 05-12-2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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BTW the Caterham 7 Superlight is with the BASE 170HP motor. Wonder what it would do with an upgraded powerplant?
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Old 05-12-2004, 05:23 PM   #3
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Exclamation No Scooby? Get over it

Automobile mag has given the WRX and STi plenty of ink over the years. In this comparo, the Evo RS held up the turbo AWD banner just fine. Not sure the STi would have made much difference one way or the other.

No matter what cars they put in the test, someone will howl about their fave being left out.

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Old 05-12-2004, 05:46 PM   #4
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Ehh 1-6 are in a league of their own. The last three are more compromised towards street than track use. The EVO and SRT-4 were the token AWD, FWD entries.
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Old 05-12-2004, 06:24 PM   #5
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Yea...SRT-4 seems a tad wierd to be in that list.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:08 PM   #6
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Yea...SRT-4 seems a tad wierd to be in that list.
...but what $20K car would be better?
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:29 PM   #7
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I don't know, without reading the article, it seems to be a list made simply for the best track cars out there, price shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:40 PM   #8
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I can tell you between the 2 cars in my sig, the S2000 is the far more entertaining to drive anywhere.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:55 PM   #9
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I don't know, without reading the article, it seems to be a list made simply for the best track cars out there, price shouldn't be an issue.
If that's the case, I agree with your original thought.
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Old 05-12-2004, 11:22 PM   #10
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i want a super 7 so bad. in the summer i usually see a guy commuting to work in one almost daily, he makes me so jealous.
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Old 05-13-2004, 02:51 AM   #11
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Originally posted by leecea
...but what $20K car would be better?
Mazdaspeed Miata
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Old 05-13-2004, 05:22 AM   #12
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If you could get one for 20 grand.
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Old 05-13-2004, 08:31 AM   #13
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There's no Z06 or M3 in that list either. If you were looking for the best track cars, without considering price points, I can't imagine that the SRT-4 is really in the top ten. They must have just wanted to throw in some more reasonably priced options for the readers.
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Old 05-13-2004, 08:45 AM   #14
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I could believe that the SRT-4 is one of the best front wheel drive picks.

Keep in mind that when the magazines run these tests, the bottom line is what is available to them for testing.
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Old 05-13-2004, 09:43 AM   #15
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No Scooby? Get over it
I'm not bothered at all I read the article in Borders and they state that they gathered the best cars for track days -- and now in the future track days will be all the rage.

The reason I brought it up...I know three instructors who have parked their big dollar cars (NSX, (11, etc.) to get Subarus for track days. Look at the rosters for quite a few open track days and you will see lots of Subarus. Personally I think the WRX is one of the most forgiving cars I have ever driven - regretably I haven't thrashed too many on the list.
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Subarus are good fun on the street....awesome on a nice gravel road and rallycrossing. For the track....meh. Give me a nice handling, RWD car anyday. I'll have tons more fun in a miata on the track compared to a Subie.
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If I had enough money for the Ferrari, I'd probably be better off getting a Radical and tow rig, plus still have enough money left for a nice street car. Decisions, decisions...
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Old 05-13-2004, 12:03 PM   #18
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I would love to have the Noble
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Old 05-13-2004, 12:28 PM   #19
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I've actually thought pretty long & hard about getting a summer project together. The Caterham would be great.

As irrational as it is, I've always loved the Lotus 7/Super 7/Caterham.

damn... <---------still a "newbie"
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Old 05-13-2004, 12:59 PM   #20
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I enjoyed this article about driving the Caterham...

http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/art...073791,00.html
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