CSR74: Back On Track
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The year is 2005. I have been doing track days at Laguna Seca for the past few years in my ’98 Miata, and have had a lot of fun at every visit. Over the past few years, the Miata’s light weight and modest power made it an ideal vehicle for learning how to drive on track. However, I was recently forced to sell it to a fellow enthusiast who also needed a car for the track, leaving me with a vacant space in my garage. I now have an urge to step up to something faster, given that I have improved my skills considerably during the time I owned the Miata.
Your task is to build a track-ready performance car that can not only record a fast lap time at Laguna Seca, but also be exciting to drive without being too challenging to master. Not only that, but it must also be street-legal and fit within my budget of $30,000 with no markups. So, without further ado, here are the requirements:
• Trim and variant years must both be 2005. Model and family years can be older.
• Body unlock year must be 1985 or later. I don’t want something that looks out of date.
• Body type must be a sedan, coupe or convertible.
• Drivetrain can be FWD, RWD or AWD, but I prefer the latter two.
• At least 2 seats are required, but I do not need (or want) more than 5.
• Maximum production units: 150 (trim), 100 (engine)
• Maximum engineering time: 50 (trim), 100 (engine)
• Minimum drivability 40 - I don’t want my new track car to be too challenging to drive.
• Minimum sportiness 40 - Merely being fast isn’t everything; it has to be fun to drive as well.
• Minimum safety 35 - I value my life highly and would prefer to walk away from a big crash if I screw things up.
• Minimum comfort 15 - even a track car will see occasional road use now and again.
• 95RON Premium unleaded fuel required.
• Catalytic converter and one muffler required.
• Maximum loudness 55 to simulate drive-by noise limits.
• Minimum reliability 65 (trim) - what’s the point of having a trackday car if it spends too much time in the pits being repaired?
• Fuel economy must be 20 mpg (US) or higher.
• No V16s – I don’t have a key, after all.
• As stated previously, the maximum price with 0% markup must be $30,000 or less. However, the lower the price, the more money I will have left over for modifications. I wouldn’t advise going too far under budget, though.
• Transmission must be either manual or sequential – I need to have absolute control over every input, and that includes the gearbox.
• No semi-slick tires or race intake/headers. I may be looking for a track car, but it must still be street-legal as stated above.
• No off-road parts (4x4 drivetrain, manual or auto locker, chunky offroad tires) allowed.
• All mods are allowed.
• Lap times (calculated from Split 3, to simulate a rolling start) at Laguna Seca will be considered during judging – the faster the better. Also, for each entry, I will be dividing its sportiness value by its drivability value to obtain a number called the challenge factor. I prefer this number to be as close to 1 as possible, but a higher value may be worth it if the car is fast enough around the track.
• Styling is important - it needs to look the part when it takes to the track.
• Model and engine family name: CSR74-username
• Trim name: your car’s make, model and variant
• Engine variant name: your engine model/variant
Deadline: Sunday, June 10 @ 23:59:00 AEST (GMT + 10)
To download the track map of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca click here and then click on the link marked “Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca v2”, which is the latest version of the track.
Also, don’t forget to post an ad in this thread with a picture of your car and its price.
Any suggestions? Please let me know.
And above all, have fun!