Track Day Car Guide


Don’t worry, we sell parts, not cars. We wont be trying to push any particular make or model on to you either! From our experience of track days over the years, these are the cars we see going well that are well supported for performance parts so you will enjoy modifying them to make them your own and have fun on track!

AUDI TRACK DAY CARS

Low prices and a plentiful supply of performance parts coupled to great engine choices offering huge potential make the Audi TT a firm track day favourite. Now all you have to do is decide whether you want 2wd or 4wd. Not a choice many manufacturers offer!

Top Picks:BMW TRACK DAY CARS

Sound obvious of course but the M3 models are very popular track day cars due to their performance car orientation straight out of the box. M135 and M140 are becoming popular as the initial purchase price become attainable, but have you considered the E46 330Ci. Awesome coupe looks and good power from the 6 cylinder engine with a low purchase price makes the 330Ci a superb candidate for a track day car. Uprated parts are plentiful for all BMW models and any 3 Series offers keen rear wheel drive handling.

Top Picks:CITROEN TRACK DAY CARS

The Citroen Saxo VTS and VTR have been around for a while now and are tried and tested track day cars offering superb handling and low weight. Not the fastest of cars in a straight line but in the twisty bits a well sorted Saxo in the right hands can hold its own against much more expensive cars. Citroen C2 VTS and VTR models are also a safe bet offering much of the Saxo experience in a sharp suited body.

Top Picks:FORD TRACK DAY CARS

Ford’s race and rally pedigree has been well documented over the decades but with the prices of rear wheel drive Escorts, Cosworth and RS models rising daily, our top picks are later but cheaper Fiesta ST models. Light weight, decent power with upgrades a plenty these cars are a common sight at any track day and represent a fantastic low cosy way into track days.

Top Picks:HONDA TRACK DAY CARS

The Civic Type R EP3 is for us, one of the best track day cars. A low purchase price and huge aftermarket support make the car attractive at first glance for both drivers and those who want to modify. A powerful high revving engine and sweet performance tuned chassis adds the icing to the cake. The FN2 Type R is larger, heavier, but no less exiting to drive and the availability of aftermarket performance parts is good. For those who insist on a rear wheel driven Honda though, the S2000 is hard to beat with its lightweight nimble chassis, slick 6 speed gearbox, double wishbone suspension and 230+bhp!

Top Picks:LOTUS TRACK DAY CARS

Buy one, give it a service and book a track day pretty much sums up how sorted the Lotus Elise is straight from the factory. A real driver’s car by design, but still well supported by the aftermarket for the car builders amongst us. if you can stretch to the asking price of a Lotus Elise you will be hard to beat on track!

Top Picks:MAZDA TRACK DAY CARS

Mazda have produced some real performance machinery over the years, the RX7 commands high prices but offers huge potential. Here though, we will concern ourselves with the MX5 Mk1 and 2. Plentiful, cheap and easy to work on and upgrade you will find the 50:50 weight distribution means handling that can embarrass more traditional performance cars. Performance parts add to the fun and you will find plenty of MX5’s at any track day and so may be sporting a turbo conversion that makes them very hard to match!

Top Picks:MINI TRACK DAY CARS

The classic Mini was and still is a winner with decades of race and rally wins but don’t overlook the new generation of Mini from BMW. The nimble chassis and forced induction engines make these cars an absolute hoot round a track. Early models are cheap and plentiful and well sorted from the factory but these cars can be turned into monsters that will keep up with and pass a lot of much more exotic machines.

Top Picks:NISSAN TRACK DAY CARS

Another manufacture renowned for creating stunning performance cars. Indeed our own track day car is a Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T! The Skyline is tuneable to crazy levels of horse power, body styling abounds, chassis modifications abundant. These cars have massive presence and are beasts to drive when modified properly. Unfortunately with soaring prices the best examples will probably lead a cosseted life from now on. Never fear, the 350Z is here. With prices attractive to the track day enthusiast, these cars make strong power and handle well in standard form. With subtle and well thought through mods the Nissan 350Z is an awesome track day car and one we would look seriously about building ourselves!

Top Picks:PEUGEOT TRACK DAY CARS

Similar story to the Citroen Saxo and C2, the Peugeot 106 GTi and later Peugeot 207 GTi make excellent budget track day cars with a low purchase price and plenty of uprated parts to choose from the builders and racers will be happy with these light weight, fine handling models.

Top Picks:RENAULT TRACK DAY CARS

A very popular track day choice due to low prices, good power and a nimble chassis the Clio RS models can be seen at most track day events. In the right hands and with some supporting mods to the suspension a Clio RS can be made into a formidable track car for a modest sum. Add a limited slip diff into the mix and you will be pointing and squirting past all sorts of exotica that fail to keep up with you. Again, one we could happily build ourselves. Or maybe we could build a Meganne 225, a bit more money but turbo power!

Top Picks:SUBARU TRACK DAY CARS

Another very obvious choice! If you promise to keep up the maintenance a Subaru Impreza Turbo in either WRX or STI form will keep you entertained on track. Tuneable to silly horse power and sporting 4 wheel drive in a lightweight rally bred chassis the Impreza is equally at home on the race track.

Top Picks:VAUXHALL TRACK DAY CARS

The VX220 is much like the Lotus Elise, fast round a track straight out of the box. Prices for cars are still strong but really you could buy one, and book a track day. Whats not to like! The Astra VXR is becoming popular on track due to it becoming affordable of late and with good power and some suspension modifications these are potent little weapons. Top Picks: So that’s our list for now. Not supposed to be a this is what you should buy for that budget or this is better than that, just some ideas as to what we have seen going well at track days.

Have fun!