Yes, that’s correct, you could buy a used F1 race car. For the right amount of cash, any regular guy or gal can shop online and find the perfect used racer to suit his or her needs.
I discovered this fact while reading about a car for sale: a Red Bull RB3 Formula One race car that was driven by Australian Mark Webber during the 2007 season. The car didn’t do particularly well that season, but it would sure be enough to wow your friends and win a trophy or two at your local track day.
The above 2001 Jaguar F1 car is also for sale.
There are two catches, though, when shopping for a used F1 car:
- They are incredibly expensive (upward of $400,000 for the RB3).
- Sometimes they don’t include an engine (this is the case with the Jag).
For those of us without an F1 budget, but with the desire for speed, check out one of these used cars that’ll fight the good fight on track day.
And probably come with an engine, too.
I know, cars on a list of track-day racers shouldn’t include 4-seaters. The M3, though, can be found with a 4.0-liter V8 that pumps out 414 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. With plenty of off-the-line speed and a suspension that will eat up corners, the M3 could beat any car on this list.
The beauty of the BRZ lies in its weight balance. Thanks to its rear-wheel drive and slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, this car feels far faster than it really is. The fun factor is hard to beat, though!
Don’t confuse this with your neighbor’s TT. Produced for just two model years, 2012 and 2013, the Audi TT RS comes packing a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine that produces 360 hp and 343 pound-feet of torque. Power is driven to all four wheels by way of a 6-speed manual. Your neighbor’s TT has just 211 hp and doesn’t come with the stronger brakes, rear spoiler, adaptive suspension dampers or high-performance tires.
Nissan 370Z NISMO
The performance-oriented NISMO has a 350-hp 3.7-liter V6 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and comes equipped with Nissan’s SyncroRev Match, which provides smooth and seamless transitions from gear to gear.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec
So a Hyundai and a 4-seater have made a list of best track cars? Yes, that’s what this world has come to. The Genesis Coupe belongs here because of its 6-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential and 4-piston vented Brembo brakes. Get the V6 and you’ll field a full 350 hp and be ready to take on anyone.
What car would you take out on the track?