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I've been looking for a track car for about a month now. I have to much invested in my Camaro...about $60,000. My Coupe is an automatic. I took it to the track once and the auto didn't work out to well at all. (Need to specify, road race track, not drag.)

I REALLY want this though. I'm considering selling my coupe for it.... how much do you think it would cost to build this?

2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP scca T2 | eBay
 

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Just a standard GXP with a removable hard top. wish he posted more photo's. would be interesting to how much more was stripped out of it. if you are looking for a just a track car, the Lotus Elise is a cool little machine. I was seriously debating on buying one before I got the 06 Solstice. if I had an extra 80k lying around though, I'd spring for a Lotus Evora. that's a nice ride.
 

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I tried to contract him 3 times.. he/she never returned my questions.

Yeah, Don't have the money for a Lotus.
 

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I hear ya bro. I have 2 Solstices and still came out 15k cheaper than a used Lotus. saw one get stomped on Are You Faster Than A *******. Took a 600HP TA to do it with Bo Duke driving it.
 

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Hard to beat that listing for a road-race sol if the price is okay, national winning to boot. Obviously there is more into it than a just a gxp, though it ran stock class rules (technically speaking, ;)). The amount of work to fab and fit the full spec roll cage alone is significant.

The guy says in the listing he can be contacted, so maybe keep trying.

To find out more about the car, why not discuss with Phoenix racing. They may know the owner as well.
Joe Aquilante,
http://www.phoenixperformance.net/phoenix_knowles.html
 

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Just a standard GXP with a removable hard top. wish he posted more photo's. would be interesting to how much more was stripped out of it. if you are looking for a just a track car, the Lotus Elise is a cool little machine. I was seriously debating on buying one before I got the 06 Solstice. if I had an extra 80k lying around though, I'd spring for a Lotus Evora. that's a nice ride.
+1 for the lotus Elise. That's what I orginally wanted also but couldn't afford that plus the house. The Solstice was the next best thing for me for the price and looks/performance.

There are lot's of Lotus Elises >30k on the market. If your looking for a track toy that you can also drive on the street and bang for buck, you can't get better than an Elise IMO.
 

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Yeah, not looking for a track car for the street and track. Just track for me. It will be my 5th car.
2010 Camaro (600hp)
2009 Solstice
2013 Ford Flex
2013 Buick Encore

I've been taking the Camaro to the track but I've always held back. I have about $55,000 invested in it. I'm always hesitant to push to much on the road coarse.
 

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The idea of getting a dedicated race car is a better one than using a street car, no matter how well built, for race use.

Most people have no conception what the difference in driving is - they seem to think that if they have made loud noises and laid strips of rubber on the street they are somehow qualified to put on a helmet and race on a road circuit.

We had one guy come out in his super street prepared car and let him run around the track. He kept falling off the track. I took him out in his own car, didn't fall off the track, and posted 3 seconds a lap better times than his best 'didn't fall off that time' lap in only two laps. Also faded his 'racing' brakes to nothing.

I think Solo competition is great - teaches some technique with low risk to anything but cones, and weeds out the untrainable ones with much less risk to others and themselves.

Race track competition requires properly prepared cars AND drivers and I don't think I've ever seen a car that came off the street and did well on a track day. Ironically, they guys with the street cars that might possibly do alright on the track like modern Corvettes, Ferraris etc., are most likely to have owner/drivers whose judgements are hampered by over abundance of testosterone and they often end up screwing up far worse than the guys without chips on their shoulders.

PS - you are right - automatic transmissions are useless in road racing.
 

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Yeah I'm no SCCA racer. Just love cars and love racing. The track I go to Pittsburgh International Raceway. Has PDE days for novice drivers. Their one requirement is the car has to be road legal. My guess is it has to do with their insurance for the racetrack. Thus, me looking for a fun road/track car. But the car will be mostly be driven during track days.
 
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