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Old 03-02-2017, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Driven View Post
Extremely difficult to find for under $20k.
Even harder to build one for that.
I picked this up last year:



MNR Vortx RT
1100 lbs
180 hp Yamaha R1, paddle shifted 6-speed

Well below $20K

Wouldn't cost much to complete a roll cage.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Bullwings View Post
Wow...thats a steal if the compression checks out. Wonder what roll bar that is.
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Old 03-02-2017, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by RedCelica View Post
Wow...thats a steal if the compression checks out. Wonder what roll bar that is.
Agreed! Was just looking at it.
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Originally Posted by Conedodger View Post
I picked this up last year:



MNR Vortx RT
1100 lbs
180 hp Yamaha R1, paddle shifted 6-speed

Well below $20K

Wouldn't cost much to complete a roll cage.
Considering USA7s has a thread full of cars, all for over $20K, except the unfinished ones or lesser known replicas:
Ebay and Craigslist ads - Lots of Sevens for sale - Page 126

But, I stand corrected, I guess a few can be had for under $20K built...
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Originally Posted by CosmosMpower View Post
C5Z06, FRS is too damn slow to have any fun.
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I really tried to like the FRS/BRZ but they're just soooo slow...it's also just the lack of sensation of speed; seat of the pants wise a Miata feels faster to me even if it's not.
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Originally Posted by RedCelica View Post
Wow...thats a steal if the compression checks out. Wonder what roll bar that is.
Even if the compression doesn't check out, it's $4k-$5k for a motor plus labor.

At worst, it's a $15k car which is still an absolute steal for a track car. It has all the track parts addressed - suspension, wheels, rollbar, brakes (often overlooked). I say it stays up for 2-weeks max. just add a wing and dual-pass radiator for another $1500 and you're golden.

That's $17500 now.

Add a 1.5 way diff, and you're at $19000.
Add a home made splitter with quality mounts for $500

Now $19500
After that, there isn't much else to do except go FI or stroker.
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Originally Posted by darcyw View Post
C5/6 corvette (as mentioned above). lots of support, awesome V8 torque. easy to work on.
Renegade hybridized porsche 944.

but you know, the answer to every question is miata.

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My father was able to pick up a running, LT-1 Renegade Kitted 944 for $5500 last year. It has a 951 turbo trans (no LSD currently) and bigger brakes. It could use a few odds and ends to be considered track worthy but seemed like a bargain to me. If the budget is 20k and your starting point is a straight, clean titled, running LT-1 944 for that price, I feel like you could take it pretty far. I'm looking forward to getting it together and having a go in it at an autocross. Compared to the S2K, the clutch and shifter are my biggest complaints. There is definitely something off about both of them but I know they will never reach s2k levels in terms of feel. That being said, it will be very interesting to drive something with real torque.

I'll give an honorable mention to RX-8's considering how cheap they've gotten and for the fact that they haven't come up yet. I have no experience with them but they were on my radar when I was shopping for my s2k. I wasn't buying a track car so I wrote them off for rotary issues. From what I have read, it sounded like the reliability difference between a tracked rotary and piston engine was not that far off. I'm not sure if that is due to rotary fanboyism, the crapshoot that is a production car being "reliable" on the track, or if it is totally true. Either way, they have depreciated so much and rolling chassis with blown engines seem to be available should an on-track incident occur. I haven't seen many options for making more power though.

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