Fancying fueling the adrenaline junky within you this summer? A track day is the perfect solution. A service offered by racing circuits across the country,a track day is the perfect way to get rid of some of that pent up road rage. However, obviously you don’t want to take the family saloon that you use for the school run, and you want something exciting and full of sporting pedigree… all at the cheapest price possible. Here are 5 budget cars that are perfect for a track day:
The original MX-5 is so often overlooked as a track car, and there’s no logical reason why. With its 1.6l engine producing 114bhp, it packs a serious punch; especially as the car weighs under a tonne. With good performance levels matched with forgiving steering (perfect for any track day newbie), this is the perfect bargain entertainer that will keep you coming back for more.
BMW E36 M3
114bhp not enough for you? The BMW M3 offers a staggering 282bhp. With a 3.0l straight 6 under the bonnet, the world is your oyster and you’ll certainly be leaving the competition for dust. The great thing about the BMW is that because of its racing pedigree, there are plenty of chassis/ body upgrades available to you, so you can buy a banger and do it up over time. Warning: this is highly addictive so check with your other half first.
Renault Clio 182
If you can’t afford the BMW badge then look no further than the Renault Clio. As cheap as they come, the Clio loves to be thrashed around the track. For such a small car it hosts a whopping 179bhp and its chassis is arguably one of the best on the market, especially considering its adjustability. A real old school hatchback, its perfect for those who enjoy driving’s simple thrills.
Honda Civic Type-R
A Type-R Honda Civic needs no introduction and, if you opt for one with a V-TEC engine, you’ll also end up with a car that’s incredibly reliable. With 197bhp coming from a 2.0l Honda engine that revs to 8,000rpm you’ll get a quick car that sounds amazing from the second you turn the key.
The most expensive of the cars in this rundown, the Mercedes is worth the splurge. A traditional sport coupe, it’s the perfect entry level Mercedes-Benz (and there are still plenty of cheap second hand models available).
With 184bhp under the bonnet, there’s plenty of juice available and it boasts excellent fuel economy. In many ways this is the perfect all-rounder and it’s so good that you might even find yourself using it on the school run after anyway. It really is that good; the perfect car for all situations.
There we are; 5 perfect everyday track cars. Which one will you choose?