A friend of mine with a taste for autocross racing (tight blacktop circuits laid out by cones) recently ran into a major problem with his Toyota Celica GTS. In his second race of the day, his motor died, and later diagnosis revealed a spun bearing and a dropped valve, two of the worst problems an engine can have, and it cost over $6,000 to repair. Not bad for one day’s work.
He’s decided to scrap or sideline the car, which brings up the question: what should he replace it with? We went back and forth for a little while on the subject, coming up with a bevy of interesting options in the $6,000 to $10,000 range. He’s looking for something with decent fuel economy, low miles, and performance credentials. An added bonus is the same wheel pattern as his Celica, so he can reuse his expensive lightweight rims and race tires. We came up with the Porsche 944, older 911s, old BMW 3-series and M3s, Honda S2000, Mazda Miata and RX7, and C4 Corvette, but what did we miss?
(Thanks to Flickr user stevelyon for this great CC-licensed photo.)