In Reply to: E30 M3 Club Racers out there! Advise Please! posted by Patrick Fitzgerald on January 17, 2001 at 10:35:03:
Letís say you want to race an E30 M3. This car is classified as a J car, because of its engine and chassis.
In a J-Stock car, modifications are minimal. And cost is lower.
You can remove the strap to the AC pump (wow!!!), you can remove the carpet under the driverís seat only, and spring rate is opened. Offset strut bushings are allowed but no adjustable camber plates (bye K-Mac...).
A J-Prepared car allows some not too expensive modifications like coil-over suspensions, a cam and bigger brakes. The interior can be totally gutted too. But because of the possibilities of modifications allowed, you may have to race against cars whose owners have no spending limits.
Then comes Modified where everything is possible. Even big engine transplants...
Pick your class according to your budget, and keep in mind that a souped up engine is more difficult to drive bevause of the limited powerband.
As for the experience, well. Being very good in a drivers school environment is one thing. Being surrounded by 12 other speeding cars is another thing. Especially when you arrive 4 cars side-by-side, in a one-car-only corner... What do you do?
Before being registered as Club Racer, someone will have to sign you off...