Best track cars

This page is dedicated to the best track cars in the world.

What makes a good track car?

In our opinion it's the following attributes:

  • Light weight
  • Excellent handling
  • Rapid acceleration
  • Good brakes
  • Ability to bring a smile to your face
  • Not so expensive that it makes your eyes water

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Track car reviews

Ariel Atom 3 2.0 Supercharged (2011)
Lightning acceleration but watch out for the slightly twitchy handling, especially in the wet. Our favourite track weapon and almost as fast as a superbike. Good reaction speed is essential.
- Drivingfast.net
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
BMW M3 E92 4 liter V8 (2009)
Great engine and 7 speed DCT transmission. Balanced handling and great throttle steer. Cheap front strut suspension causes excessive tyre wear. Camber plates help but suspension is inferior to double wishbone. Worthless single piston floating caliper brakes fade and smoke, very poor cooling of brakes. Cure is a set of big brakes with fixed calipers and performance pads, as well as cooling ducts for front brakes. The new BMW M5 has real brakes and a double wishbone suspension.
- Peter Nystrom
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 2, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
BMW M Roadster 3.2L I6 (2007)
Powerful, light, lots of fun
- Bruce
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 4, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
BMW 325i E36 Coupe M50B25(2.5 litre straight 6) (1994)
Perfect package, power comfort and precise handling. The straight 6 sounds beautiful car steers exactly where you want it too. Don't be fooled by the weight. Vanos models from 93 onward have an awesome power-band as well. All in all, a no compromise car.
- Zac
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 3
BMW M3 E92 GTS 4.2L V8 (2010)
The M3 GTS rivals the C63 AMG Black Series and the Legendary Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It's based on the stock M3, with modifications that make it into a very good track car. It's easy to control, drifts precisely, and most importantly, it handles around a track amazingly. It may not have air-con, or a stereo, but for a BMW M enthusiast, or a track day driver, this is an amazing car.
- Herman
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
BMW 135i E82 N54 twin-turbo 3.0L six-cylinder (2008)
I currently race a 135 in time trial competitions. While the stock vehicle falls short on the track, with minor upgrades it becomes a monster: simple re-flash will get you 380BHP/400Nm, M3 control arms, track pads, coil overs, and larger tyres (I run 245s front and 275s rear on track). I easily outrun my similarly prepped 2008 Cayman S, and its a rare day ANY 911 can keep up (read GT3 / GT3 RS). An excellent-condition used vehicle plus all upgrades won't exceed $40k, and its super-fun to drive fast!
- Brant Nystrom
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
BMW 318is 1895cc (1990)
Small car, small engine, thin tyres but good cornering ability, maximum fun on track!! A great first track day car to teach you the basics.
- kev
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 3, Cornering: 3, Overall: 3, DF rating: 3
BMW 318Ti E36 1.9Ltr 4 Cyl (2000)
The lightest and best handling E36 is the 318Ti - great fun and even have their own UK based one make race series that has just gone from strength to strength. The M44 16v engine is almost bullet proof with only the stock engine mounts letting it down. Simple mods can push the power up to a modest 160Bhp without the need to open the casing, but couple this with an easy achievable sub 1000kg frame once striped out and you can see the potential. On-line support is excellent and there is a very active community of trackday-ers and racers. The price? I got mine for £300 and spent another £3000 on a cage, coilovers, brakes, race seat and a couple extra bits-n-bobs. Over-all verdict? Cheap fun and miles of smiles.
- Scott Lawson
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
BMW 325i/is E30 2.5 litre straight 6 (1986)
Cheap, easy to work on and did I mention cheap?For how light the car is (under 2800 lbs) the stock brakes and engine coupled with a refined chassis make this a favoured track day car. Strip it down and you can get in the sub-par 2600s (track prepped).Though it won't be as fast in the long straights, it will be sure to put a smile on your face when you're coming up on the bumper in the corners of that car that just passed you.There is a huge cult following and a great online community for these cars for a reason.Recommended for people who want a cheap and easy to drive car.
- Dave
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
BMW 540i E34 4.0L V8 (1995)
Standard car comes with 4l V8 from BMW but with auto gearbox and a low specific output for power. But all is not lost, with things as simple as an old gearbox from a more common 530i manual five speed, and a race chip, this beast will out corner and out run most other track cars. To take on M5s (old and new) an expensive supercharger system is the best option as well as reinforcing internals, and re-mapping, you will be looking at 500bhp and oodles of torque all over the power band. This setup will cream most road cars turn track cars any day. Brakes would be a smart option too.
- Barry
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Caterham Superlight R500 2 (2009)
Over 50 years of experience make this Caterham a superior lightweight track car. Rocket propelled acceleration to rival for any supercar.
- Drivingfast.net
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1 LT5 5.7L V8 (1995)
The C4 Corvettes (ie. 84-96) are relatively inexpensive, and combined with the LT5 (ZR-1 model, 90-95) it is a great track runner. You'll have to work the suspension a bit (lower, stiffer shocks), and do a track alignment, also brake upgrades help (larger rotors, callipers, track pads and braided lines), and of course A/R 6s or slicks, but a very rewarding and toss-able car similar in power and feel to the C6 Z51 package. And if you bang it up a bit...so what? Easy to fix and parts are almost cheap. Great track ride for the $$ spent.
- Thomas Curtner
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Chevrolet Corvette C6 LS3 6.2L V8 (2005)
I'm a beginner and have had four different track sessions this year. The car was well beyond my skills. Top speed at first session was 85mph, last session was 135 and going solo on my last session. Learned a few things along the way but found the handling to be very predictable with no surprises. I was smooth enough to be able to drive with all of the nannies turned on, had half the straightaway left when I hit 135. Awesome car. Upgraded to the GS though didn't really need to. Wider wheels/tires and bigger brakes. I'll keep this one for a long time.
- Mike
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 LS7 7.0L V8 (2010)
An incredible car for the money. Gobs of torque and acceleration from naturally aspirated engine. Dry sump oil system. Incredible balance and cornering. Great turn in thanks to double wishbone suspension. Brakes are fixed caliper 6 pot front and 4 pot rear. Needs track pads and slotted front rotors with directional vanes. Don't like ABS at high speed. OE run flat tyres are horrible but easy to change to R compound. I wish that GM will make a DCT transmission available. Best value there is in my opinion. The 911 GT3 RS is no longer a problem.
- Peter Nystrom
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 3, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Chevrolet C5 Corvette LS1 / LS6 (1997)
With the introduction of the C7, C5 corvettes cost next to nothing. Power and braking are as good or better than anything at twice the price. Interior is still cheap and pedals are a little cramped for size 13+ feet, but the 50/50 weight distribution makes this a fantastic track toy.
- Rob Kanuth
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Datsun Fairlady 1.6L or 2.0L (1968)
The car has fantastic racing pedigree throughout its history, with BRE reinforcing its place in racing history. Today these cars can be purchased for relatively little money, and while technologically behind modern autos, the driving experience is like none other. The first change should be to purchase a tyre/wheel combo that is lower profile and wider, to reduce tire roll and improve steering feel. The stock suspension is tight, and has very minimal roll. With no power brakes, no power steering, no techno ABS or stability management, and a live rear axle it is just you and the car. This car will teach you how to drive, and expose your weaknesses. It is small, light, nimble and responsive. While it may not be the fastest, it sure is one of the most fun!
- Tom
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Dodge Neon SRT-4 ACR 2.0 Turbo (2004)
Factory underrated at 230 hp, independent dyno tests have put it at 230 hp to the wheels. Equal-length half-shafts minimize torque steer from the FWD drivetrain. Power comes smooth and steady early on with minimal turbo lag. The power to weight ratio (roughly .092 HP/LBs) is decent for a car this inexpensive at ~21000 USD in 2005. The body rolls more than would be desired, but after initial delay, the steering is smooth and precise. Gear changes are decent, but the transmission can wear out easily with abuse. The adjustable struts are a nice touch, and good for a stock car, but the ride can be a touch harsh on the street. Stock brake rotors are too small and single-piston callipers are not up to track demands. Overall it makes a good track car with a few minor touches. I recommend a big brake kit for serious track enthusiasts as track pads will boil your fluid in one serious day's fun.
- Mark Liller
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 2, Cornering: 3, Overall: 3, DF rating: 3
Ferrari 458 Italia 570 HP V8 (2011)
F1 shifters are quick to engage, The BHP and torque are well managed at mid RPM. Great braking attitude. Stable corner handling. Strong acceleration. Stock tyre upgrade is a must.
- Gary Brutsch
DF comments: Too expensive for most, but we couldn't leave out Ferarri's best offering
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Fiat 20v Turbo 2.0 litre 20v 5 cyclinder (1996)
Ultimate track sleeper...standard 238 brake tuned 300+. Nice set of Toyo R888 track day tyres and you can stay will all supercars on the track days 911s 360s 458s etc. Parts cheap and still available. Standard brakes are Brembo front calipers with discs front and back. Only 1300kg..can get down to 1000kgs with a strip down with alloy cage. Where else can you get a 155mph car for £3000. Watch how people are forced to respect this car at the end of an event. Watch out for low oil pressure on tick over. It might be the guage so check it with Fiat workshop mechanical guage before you do anything. Removing cat can cause turbo oil seal to leak so get advice before doing so.Best fun for £3000 budget you can get.
- Druze Tourney
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Ford Windstar 3.8L V6 (1997)
Looking just at the numbers, there is nothing about this vehicle that would make one consider it for performance driving of any sort. Acceleration is decent at best in first gear and nigh-on terrible any other time, you can get the choice of an automatic or a broken automatic (the latter being the more common), it's got drums in the rear, weighs as much as an aircraft carrier and body-rolls more than the aircraft it carries. But surprisingly, this minivan's redeeming quality, is the fact that it is a minivan. Driving a Windstar at speed makes the driver feel like he's playing a guitar that's strung with shoelaces. The music isn't great, but the fact that you can play at all provides an addictive novelty-factor. Passing another driver in a Windstar is like winning a gunfight with a spork. It's not a track-car by any stretch of the imagination, and that's precisely what makes it so entertaining.
- Curtis
DF comments: Thanks Curtis, probably the best review we've ever read! None of the team have driven the Windstar, but we'll include it for entertainment value.
Acceleration: 2, Braking: 1, Cornering: 1, Overall: 4, DF rating: 1
Ford Focus RS 2.5 Turbo (2009)
The best track FWD car by some margin. Brutal midrange torque, well balanced chassis and well judged steering. Excellent traction out of corners (for FWD) and relative absence of torque steer. Playful lift off oversteer. If abused with power and understeer in slow corners, eats front tyres quickly. Gorgeous off-beat, 5-cylinder, rally inspired engine note.
- Vladimir Kamenov
DF comments: We're big fans of the RS, nice one Ford
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 5
Ford Mustang 5.0 Coyote (2011)
It corners better than any muscle car that I have driven before and it brakes much better than any other also. The car is very responsive but it does understeer slightly.
- Anonymous
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 4, Overall: 5, DF rating: 3
Ford Mustang 4.6L 2v (2003)
It may not be the fastest Mustang, but it has a lot of potential with its nearly bullet proof engine. The suspension is surprisingly good stock but tends to have body roll and nose dives a good amount under hard braking. The steering is amazing and is very sharp but under steers a little in the corners, and when the back end does come loose it is easily predicted. It has a good amount of acceleration off the line and has a highter torque rating than horsepower, sitting in at just 260 HP and 305 tq but is easily modified and takes to the modifications well. It has some of the best aftermarket support ive ever seen and there is a wealth of knowledge out there for them. I thoroughly enjoy driving mine and it is one of the best cars ive ever owned.plus its super reliable. The brakes need some attention though.
- Jason
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 3, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Ford Escort MK3 RS turbo S1 1600cc turbo (1984)
Handles great and responds well to tuning with lots of aftermarket parts available.
- Tom Smith
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 3, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Geo Prizm LSi 1.8L (1994)
Surprisingly responsive cornering, predictable braking, and decent acceleration in first & second. Needs more power at higher revs. Much better handling than you'd expect from a front engine FWD.
- Felix Strange
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 2
Honda Civic EG6 K20a (1995)
Come on now, this has to be the best bang for the buck! Transform your parents grocery shopper into a highly competitive race car for as little as £5000, it's light weight, easy maintenance, low-cost, unlimited parts option, all the right ingredient for an ultimate affordable track car. With the right setup this car should be one of the top contenders on tight tracks!
- Dan
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Honda S2000 2.0 vtec (2009)
The S2000 is an amazing handling car that is a reliable performer. Turn in is as close to perfect as you can get. The power on the straights is where the S2000 is lacking.
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Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Honda Accord Coupe 2.3L VTEC (1999)
I looked at this car and thought that the only resemblance it had to a family car was its roomy interior (It's usually not easy to find a car that comfortably accommodates my 6'4" frame.) So I was surprised that this Accord felt like a sports car on the track. Its relatively low centre of gravity and responsive steering provide more than enough control and stability in tight turns. And while it may only have 4 cylinders, there's more than enough power to get off the line, enough for this car to go from 0 to 60 in a little less than 10 seconds. Braking is also good, but braking at 110 mph while screaming towards a routine chicane seemed a little too shaky for my taste. But this minor shortcoming is easily forgotten when you notice its quick gear transitions and its ability to downshift when you need it to. This car may not be a super car, but this economy car posted lap times that I would expect to do in a car worth twice as much.
- Brenton Harms
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 2
Honda Integra VTIR b18c2 (1994)
The best front wheel drive car in the world
- Gib Spring
DF comments: Perhaps the best at a point in time - would be interesting to pitch one against a modern Focus RS
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Hyundai Santa Fe 3.5 v6 (2005)
Great cornering ability even for an SUV. Can predict when it will under/oversteer and its very forgiving(No snap over/understeer). Great for learning weight distribution. Awd isn't as intelligent as I would like, but its great in any condition. Slower acceleration at typical speeds, yet once you open up to about 75+MPH you unleash a real beast.
- Brian Spillner
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 3, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 1
KTM X-Bow 2.0 liter turbo (2008)
This car is a great car and it is better all around than the Caterham Superlight R500.
- Chris Orr
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Lexus IS300 3.0 Litre 2JZ-GEI6 (2001)
It's the four door Supra!
- Karl
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 3, Cornering: 3, Overall: 5, DF rating: 3
Lotus 2 Eleven 1.8 (2005)
A masterpiece from Lotus. Quite happy to be driven on the road, but lives for the track. Steering is without rival.
- Drivingfast.net
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Mazda 3 MPS 2.3 disi turbo (2010)
This is one potent car, after one year with several track days I'm heavily pleased. Some minor flaws such as lack of a really good brake feeling and a risk of hitting temperatures which reduce the available power. My machine with non OEM brakes matches many other more expensive cars on the track and I can still go to work every day with this little sleeper.
- Robert
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Mazda RX-8 1.3l Rotary (2009)
For the price you can find these for now, I'm quite shocked I do not see more of them out on the track with young drivers behind the wheel...and young drivers will benefit most from this car.The balance is about as perfect as you could ask for. It has slight (very predictable) understeer at the limit, and the suspension is a little soft for aggressive track days, but it gives the driver a ton of confidence when aiming for the apex. It feels light and planted through every corner. With very good, strong brakes, and exceptional steering feel and chassis characteristics.The engine is wonderful, smooth, and its wide torque band lets you keep the power down without worrying about the rear end swinging around on you. Its negative is the lack of raw power, which will have the 350z's and s2000's leaving you behind on the straights. Also rotaries require more attention to maintenance, and suffer from worse fuel economy than other cars in its class with more power.I've driven many cars, and when I first got behind the wheel of the rx8 in 04, I couldn't remember a car that was this inspirational and fun to drive, either on or off the track.
- Nathan
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Mazda MX-5 1.6 (2003)
Great fun to drive!
- Paul
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 3, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Mazda Miata DOHC 4-cylinder engine (NA) (2002)
Great cornering ability. You can take corners like an exotic car, and with 50/50 distribution, the rear can go out but you can control it back with ease. It lacks in power but makes up in cornering fun. This is a great track starter car for the inexperienced, very forgiving, and absolute fun on the turns. I've seen pros take this car on the track and destroy many other cars with ease.
- Jonathan
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
McLaren MP412C Twin-turbo 3.8L V8 (2013)
The McLaren MP412C is a wonderful car. On the track its engine produces 616bhp which makes the accelerate from 0-60mph in only 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 207mph (333 km/h).The transmission is a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox made in Italy by Graziano. The car can brake from 124mph (200 km/h) to a complete stop in less than five seconds.
- Abdullah Al-Thani
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 4B11T (2010)
Most bang for your buck. Supercar acceleration at 4.5 secs, stock.New S-AWC system provides forgiving handling at speeds.With a few modifications (which I did), you'll be chasing Lambo's on the track.The bad part is that it's only a in-line 4 engine with a large turbo, so there is a limit to how many horses you can squeeze out of it. With slight mods, 500bhp is no problem, with lightning fast handling.Brakes needs help, OEM brake do not provide sufficient braking, and boils easily, for safety sake, change ASAP if you're planning to be at the track regularly.Mods are a must to unleash the true potential of this monster
- sgevo
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 3, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Morgan 3-wheeler 2.0l v2 (from American motorcycle) (1938)
Insane. This is terror on three wheels. It has only 80 bhp but is extremely light. So it feels super quick, though it isn't. It costs 30K. Don't try to drift. Also watch out for bending roads, and heart patients.
- CrazzyRidez
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 3, Cornering: 3, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Nissan 350z 3.5L (2008)
Stock power is decent but can definitely be awakened via a few mods and a reflash. Realatively light weight (3100lbs) given the size. The VQ can easily be boosted to 450Bhp on a stock block. Stock braking is decent (non Brembo), the Brembos being a slight advantage. Next to no understeer. Oversteer can be corrected easily with a 305 or 315 wide tire when using significant power levels. For a modest investment the Z can compete with most the heavy hitters for around half the cost.
- Ken
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Nissan GTR 3.8 L V6 (2011)
Car has exceptional grip. Feels a little heavy compared to a 911 etc. Accelerates out of corners like nothing I have driven before. Brakes hard and is very forgiving.
- Michael Brownewell
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Nissan 240SX 2.4L KA24DE (1996)
A great sports coupe from Nissan that has great potential. Not the best track car but does everything well. With inexpensive and minor mods this car can be very enjoyable track car for almost anyone.
- Antwon
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 3, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 3
Nissan Pulsar 1600cc (1998)
As far as a budget race cars go, this is a great starting platform. Add some good quality (over the counter) brake pads, heavy duty springs, a good set of struts then some heavy duty sway bars and an after-market exhaust. This will give you a reasonably competitive road/track car. The straight line speed isn't that stunning but it sure does make it up under brakes and cornering. I have won championships with mine and I constantly get trophies. Fun to drive and very forgiving if you do make a mistake. If you add performance cams and a decent computer it would be un-catchable in the up to 1600cc class.
- Jon Mansell
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Nissan Z32 300 ZX twin turbo 3.0 quad cam 24 valve twin turbochargers (1991)
This model was light years ahead of its time. The best looking Nissan in my opinion in the 90s. Its wide wheels and 4 wheel steering and advanced suspension geometry makes even a novice driver look good. It's a little heavy, but its easy to get 450hp with a standard block and standard turbos. Has won so many awards for both styling and racetrack competitions. Bang for your buck, very hard to beat although you will need a good mechanic who knows what he is doing to keep these running well - it is a specialist machine.
- Steve Webb
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 - 1.9 litre (1984)
Arguably one of the best super mini produced in Europe. Great acceleration, speed and has earned a high reputation among car lovers.
- Sammy
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Peugeot 309 GTi16 1.9L 16V (1992)
Best hot-hatch of its time. 116kW/990kg. Easy to work on, lots of spare parts available in every scrapyard (EU). Great steering response due to lighweight engine, fun to drive. Great sleeper for everyday use. GTI16 version itself becomes very rare nowadays.
- Mike Quickshifter
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 2, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Peugeot 206 GTi (138) 2L n/a (2000)
I brought this car for £800 with 89k on the clock as I lost my salesman job where I had a company car. I then got another job with a company car again, leaving the 206 not being used at all, I then did my first track day in it and I was so impresed with how well the car did as I thought it would be left behind...I have now since done many track days, and I have done many upgrades to the car, and now not much can keep up with it.I've put track tyres on it along with new suspension lightened flywheel and a limited slip diff along with new cams and a re-map, all that cost me approx. £2500 but I now have a brilliant track car and very quick road car, its much quicker than a stock M3 in and out of the corners and by the time the next corner comes up the M3 is still nowhere near getting past me. You can enter corners at stupid speeds and still come out with your pride intact.This car allways amazes me every time I take it out, the braking needs to be upgraded if you are going to do lots of track days though.For the cost of this car you will have great fun, if you do crash it you will only waste £800 not thousands, I'll be honest I didn't think it would be as good as it is on a track, my friends have a 350Z and a RX8 and they can't keep up with me in my £800 Peugeot! ;-)
- wozzapro
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Pontiac GTO 5.7 V8 (2005)
Awesome value for money.. V8 350 or 400HP stock. I drive the 4-speed auto and love that it has aggressive shift patterns and allows manual shifting without second guessing the driver. This is a big heavy car and needs upgraded brakes for track use (the bigger the better) and good tires are necessary to avoid understeer and power oversteer.Overall, you will have a LOT of fun with stock + tight front-end suspension (no loose bushings etc) + good tyres + track/race pads.I use BF Goodrich Z-rated tyres and drilled stock-size rotors. I'm planning EBC blue stuff pads to avoid brake fade on hard stops (stock setup will not cope with repeated 130-60mph braking).
- Mike
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 3, Cornering: 4, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Porsche 944 Turbo 2.5l (1991)
Front engined and rear transaxle layout gives Porsche's 944 near perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Excellent balance and handling makes the 944 a popular track day toy for those on a budget.
- Edd
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Porsche Cayman S 3.4L flat-six (2008)
Due to its perfect rear mid-engine balance, low center of gravity, and light weight, the Cayman S is an all-around great track performer. It has the handling characteristics of a lighter track-only car with the acceleration of a much higher horsepower car. Its neutral handling is very forgiving and it really shows off on the more technical tracks. With the Cayman I can carry more momentum through the turns and begin my acceleration sooner than many of the cars on the track with me.However, given it's fantastic handling characteristics, it could effectively use more power than the stock 295 ponies. With a little more grunt it would be a real force to be reckoned with.
- Michael Croteau
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Porsche 911 GT3 3.6L Flat 6-cyl (2005)
The best track car in my opinion. They car may be 9 years old, runs like a champ, doesn't feel old. It still can keep up with brand new 911s. Brakes are not the best, but are fine. I can honestly compare it to my previous BMW E46 M3 (that car was a always great) but every time I would chose the Porsche over the BMW. This car is user-friendly, is a great car for the week and even better on the track during weekends.
- Nic Boutin
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 3, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 5
Radical SR3 1.3-1.5 (2005)
A hardcore racer with all the trimings and frightening Nurburgring times.
- Drivingfast.net
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Renault Clio Trophy 2 (2005)
Probably the most fun you can have in a front wheel drive car. A serious pocket sized machine.
- Drivingfast.net
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Renault Clio V6 (2005)
Acceleration starts out kind of rough, but then dominates in the corners and braking.
- Cameron
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 4
Subaru WRX STI 2.5ltr turbocharged 4cyl flat boxer (2009)
Excellent car, fantastic acceleration, superb braking, handles like it's on rails. Feels like a thoroughbred race car.
- Boy Racer
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Subaru Legacy Available in 4-cylinder, turbocharged 4-cylinder, and 6-cylinder BOXER engines (2009)
This car has also has potential like the Impreza line and has 4WD transmission. It looks like a city car but has a racing inner potential.
- Legacy Driver
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Toyota Celica GT FOUR 3SGTE (1999)
Very good handling car, even in stock form. Weighing in at about 1380kg it is rather heavy but handles well, and for a Japanese sports coupe has incredible stopping power. Will out-handle an Evo 4 or 5 all day. The power delivery is quite smooth but 80-120 (kph) is just brutal. This is a 1996 model by the way (st205).
- Stephen
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Toyota MR2 Mk3 1800 1ZZ (2004)
Possibly the most fun you can have in a rear wheel drive car. Slightly twitchy handling on the rear. Needs more power though!
- Pierre
Acceleration: 3, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Toyota Sprinter GTSV Apex-16,20 4ag, 1.6 16v or 20v (1987)
Suffers from understeer. Really light and a near 50/50 weight balance. Very reliable. I love this car, I have owned a US spec GTS model. Amazing control, steering and engine. Did I mention a fantastic T-50 transmission?
- Skylar
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 3
Toyota MK2 MR2 Hard Top 2.2L 5SFE (1991)
The car I have is equipped with power steering, no ABS, 91 rear, 95 front tension rod brackets, ultra racing bracing, megan racing suspension pieces, and tien coilovers. The rest of the car is stock with a fresh engine overhaul about 1000 miles ago. The car handles well almost to the extent of a go-cart. The searing is snappy and responsive. Engine is responsive has great torque, but tends to rev slowly in the upper RPM range and redlines at 7000 rpm. The car is made for the track as its lack of an overdrive gear makes it painful to drive long distances. The car does have a nice amount of trunk space for a daily driver. A problem I tend to find is that it's hard and almost next to impossible to fit a pair of tyres for the track in the car, but it's to be expected with a mid-engine. The cars weight distribution feels spot on with the roll centre right at the back of the driver and toward the centre of the car. Most people tend to find the car hard to drive, but it comes with experience with the car. With the mid-engine you have to be careful as you committed to a turn at almost whatever speed you enter. If you lift off power mid corner the back will swing around. A typical mistake made is when people feel the rear slide and start letting off power doing so will take all the weight off the rear and with the weight more towards the rear it will slide fast a quick. The proper response is to slightly keep applying power till the car lines back up. The car is very rewarding to drive, tricky, but very rewarding and should not be tracked unless you know what you're doing.
- Rob
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
Ultima GTR 7.0L LS-7 V8 (2013)
With the quickest 0-100-0 of all time, one of the fastest quarter miles times of any production car, and a 0-60 time of only 2.6 seconds, this kit car is one of the most phenomenal cars ever built. The cornering is great the braking is great, however this car is not especially cheap with prices varying (because you buy the engine yourself from American Speed Engines) from 40,000 USD to 70,000+ USD. Although it isnt cheap it is one of the best deals you can get on a performance car. Its 0-60 and 0-100 rival great cars such as the Bugatti Veyron, Hennesy Venom Gt, Lamborghini Aventador, and Konieggsegg Agera R. All the cars I mentioned above are prices at 500k to 5 Million USD. These prices are 10-100 times more expensive than the Ultima. Not only is the Ultima GTR insanely fast, but the cornering is fantastic too. It holds the skidpad world record with 1.176g's of lateral grip. Also when unnoficially tested around the Top Gear Test track it scored a time of 1min 9.9 seconds faster than any other street legal car ever tested on the track, and also fastest than the not street legal Ferrari FXX and Caparo T1. If you want Veyron class performance for one-hundreth of the the price; go no farther than the amazing Ultima GTR.
- Jim Jones
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 5
Vauxhall VX220 Turbo 2 litre turbo (2004)
If you don't want to go as extreme as a Caterham/Atom/Radical and can get beyond badge snobbery then the VX ticks all the boxes. 4.7 to 60 as standard. Great handling as standard with divine steering feel. Great power to weight ratio. Brakes are ok as standard but need the abs turned off and better pads to make them great. Respected by people in the know who have driven them. A very credible alternative to the Elise to the open minded.Relatively low running costs. It's a real drivers car that is possible to run as an everyday car as long as you accept there are some compromises. For the money I struggle to think of a car that can deliver so much performance, tactility and fun.
- Dw1
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 4, Cornering: 5, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4
Volkswagen Golf GTi 2.0TSI (2012)
The GTI is an impressive application of FWD. With minor upgrades it it capable of 300+ HP, chassis reacts well to corners, it also has minimal amounts of understeer, and torquesteer. Count on upgrading the clutch and tires sooner than later out of the box, but add a big turbo to that list and reach power levels that will out class 99% of FWD cars out there. Easily the best FWD bang for your buck.
- Brian
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 4, Cornering: 4, Overall: 5, DF rating: 3
VW Golf GTi MkII 1.8 fuel injected with uprated cam (1989)
It's goood!!!
- Dean
DF comments: Not much of a review Dean! Anyone keen to expand?
Acceleration: 4, Braking: 5, Cornering: 5, Overall: 4, DF rating: 3
VW Golf R 2.0 turbo (2010)
I find the Golf R an amazing track car due to its superb acceleration, superb big brakes, AWD handling and its ability to get the power down in all situations. With a Stage 1 ECU Flash with 240kW it is a very competitive track day car.
- Trevor
Acceleration: 5, Braking: 5, Cornering: 4, Overall: 5, DF rating: 4