In Reply to: E30 M3 Club Racers out there! Advise Please! posted by Patrick Fitzgerald on January 17, 2001 at 10:35:03:
I am considering entering club racing in 18-24 months or so, and want to try to set out a budget for my first season. I would imagine it would be more cost effective to acquire an already-race modified car, instead of buying a cheap M3 and modifying to race-spec myself. I have seen some club racers in Roundel for $17K-$20K, so I figure that there is at least $10K worth of safety and performance equipment in there. If someone with club racing experience can help me out here that would be appreciated.
Is your question "Is there $10k worth of safety and performance equipment in a club racer car?" If that's the question, then the answer is "it depends" :=). Many cars have much, much, much more in them. Big ticket safety items are cage, seat, harnesses, and of course fire systems, fuel cells, plumbing. Then there's suspension, reinforcements, wheels, and motor tweeks (even in JS, you are allowed to get your motor to "new" stock specs -- a dyno is a good gauge here to determine when this is necessary). If you go modified, expect to spend exponential sums of money.
I guess I'll need a more specific question in order to give a more specific answer.
I set the 18-24 month time frame in order to learn more from drivers schools (I have done 7 and plan to do 1 every 6 weeks or so this year) and have enough time to properly prepare a car.
Any other advise is appreciated.
Other advice? Don't scrimp on safety stuff, buy the most comfortable suit, helmet, shoes, gloves you can find. Learn to do most/all of the work on the car yourself (this is not to save money -- this is to understand and have intimate knowledge of the machine in which you're propelling yourself at high speeds towards unlikely vectors). Volunteer to crew for club racers in your area (you'll learn alot).
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