Your friend will tell you that he can build a car like this for less, but he will not. You believe him at first. Then, he will tell you that he can build this in his spare time in one month. But he can not. As time goes on, it's been three years and before you know it, you're just watching other people race and you're still not on track. For guys who've never done this before, I don't blame them as we too, in 2008, thought that we would just buy a salvage title car for cheap, gut it, slap a cage in and go racing. We were wrong. To put it into perspective, it took two years to fully sort this car out. Just the seat, cage and steering alone were $3,000.
Others laughed but we chose this car because you can get any part you need at any parts store in the country and they will be in stock. Need an axle? Sure, $50. Need lifetime brake pads? Sure, $60 and in 8 hours, you can get replacements. "Hey, some guys just came in before you looking for an ignition module and a left caliper for a 1992 Isuzu Impulse Turbo. You know them?" ... "No, we do not."
Over time, we have spent $12,000 on learning what it needs, wants and how to make it reliable. In endurance racing, that's what matters. We don't rush with fuel stops, we finish mid-pack. We just want lots of seat time so we don't have to replace engines. We'd rather drink beer, which is what we do when the track goes cold. The car has everything from wheel bearings, lug nuts, and so forth all gone over. Engine/trans came out of another cop car (we bought three of these) and now has 50,000 miles.
Above Added: Sat July 16, 2016, 8:37 pm EST
This has been with our race team for eight years. It has run 8 races and has covered 3,853 miles. It is quick, reliable and fun. We've completed nearly every race. It has run Buttonwillow (2:20), NJMP Lightning (1:27), Watkins Glen (1:36) and Stafford Infield (0:31). Fully legal rollcage professionally installed as well as a Recaro race seat on sliders, Momo steering wheel with quick release. Lemons requires a fire extinguisher which we will include but a fire suppression system will need to be added if you run Chumpcar. Tires are 225/50/16. We used BFG Rivals. Suspension is lowered Police Suspension. Brakes are Police and work great. Has ABS.
Consumables-brakes last a weekend, tires two weekends, CV axles two sets a weekend, engine mounts once a year. I will go over everything with you so you too can have a fun and reliable car. Email with questions. Thanks.
Above Added: Sat July 16, 2016, 7:28 pm EST