When it comes to getting out on the race track, many people are attracted to cars with high horsepower and tons of grip, thinking it’ll automatically make them faster around the track. When you’re just starting out, this isn’t the way to go. Something with low power and low grip is not only more exciting to learn with but helps develop better driving skills by allowing you to push the car to its limits more often. Here are some of the best European, import, and domestic cars available for those just beginning their track driving careers.
When considering entry-level track cars, a mid-engine chassis Porsche Boxster is typically the go-to because of it’s docile nature and it is just powerful enough to have fun without being overwhelming. Unlike its bigger and more powerful cousin, the 911’s difficult handling characteristics like lift-off oversteer that can make them a handful when driven hard. The first generation Boxster, the 986 chassis, can be had for a bargain right now as well.
The earlier chassis of the 3-Series, the E30, is quickly becoming a collector’s item and is steadily increasing in value. In turn, the later E36 3-Series has quickly become a favorite low-cost track car for many. A low price combined with great handling and enough power to have fun make this a great choice for anyone looking to start racing.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
For someone who doesn’t want to compromise on daily utility and convenience, the GTI is perfect. It has plenty of space for passengers and cargo but handles phenomenally at the same time. If you’re looking for a new car, the current generation MK7 is one of the best hatchbacks on the market, but if you’re looking for a used car to use as a track toy, the MK5, and MK6 generations are excellent values.
While not European, the Miata is the go-to for an entry level track car for a huge number of people. Its affordable price, ease of modification, excellent chassis design, and high reliability make it an all-around fantastic value.
No matter what you choose as your first track car, you’re sure to have the time of your life racing with PBOC. Our track days and high-performance driver’s education classes are second to none and will help you push your skills to new heights. Call us today at (407) 804-0892 for more information.