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    Running a track car

    right need some advice.

    thinking of buying an astra for track use will only be a 1.8 or 2.0 litre (advice on which will be best needed)

    I need to know what you need to be able to use them on a race track like a season pass when i can go when i want etc. (my local is castlecombe) Any info guys?
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    If you do a run what you brung then usually just...
    Helmet
    Fire extinguisher
    Driving license
    and towing eye is needed

    For racing it then you need to look into the different classifications.
    Forced induction / NA
    Modded
    Un-modded / restricted mods
    Its a jam thing

    Haec credam a deo pio, a deo justo, a deo scito?



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    Are you just going to use the car for public trackdays or are you looking at getting into some form of motorsport?

    For a track car are you planning on using a MK3? MK4 Astra?
    MK3 nothing below a C20XE imo, a C20LET would be better. MK4 nothing below a 2.2. Both 1.8;s and 2.0 Ecotecs are just a waste of time on the track when attatched to an Astra. Certainly improving the handling of the car will help but in general the more horses you have under the bonnet the better.

    Your main expense after the initial buying the car, helmet etc. will be tyres. This is where wheel size choice plays a big part and also is dependant on the car you decide on.Avoid the likes of 16" tyres as these are generally expensive. 15's cna be had for peanuts but are a more limiting size for brakes. 17's are again a common size. I would also advise going for decent part worn tyres over buying new as generally the tyres are easily killed especially on the side walls and theres no point in forking out £500 on tyres for them to end up shreaded unless your on an unlimited budget.

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    Why an Astra? As a track car a corsa or nova would make more sense I would have thought. Lighter and more nimble and the same 1.8/2.0 engine will give a lot more performance.
    Previous Astras: 1994 Cesaro 1.8 16v | 2002 SXi 1.6 16v | 2001 Coupé 2.0 Turbo | 1999 LS 1.6 16v
    Other Vauxhalls: 2001 Vectra 1.8 16v| 2003 Vectra GSi 3.2 V6 | 2005 Signum CDTi 150

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    they will be public trackdays only, no form of main motorsport just for a hobby.

    Was thinking of a 1.8, 2.0, 2.2 mk4 3 dr dont really want a turbo looking at spending £2.5k max on a car. any other cars that would be ideal for track use?
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    A Mk4 2.2 thats been written off due to not cost effective to repair would be your best bet I would of thought!
    1. You'll get the car at a decent price
    2. You could look at changing the bumpers for a more sporty look / more aerodynamic
    3. if you have to replace parts such as brakes or suspension (if damaged) then you could use the money saved to fit some more performance orientated equipment.

    Essential Equipment I'd be looking to fit.
    Emergency fuel cut off in cabin.
    Fire extinguisher in cabin
    Helmet
    Full fire protection suit / race suit
    Racing seat with 5 point harness FIA approved
    FIA Approved roll cage
    Its a jam thing

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    Seriously dont bother with the 1.8 or 2.0 as a track car.

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    Get some bloody good brakes and use racing brake fluid.

    My pervious track session were always short because I'd cook the brakes within about 5 laps. (I mean to the point they were no use at all).
    Its a jam thing

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    Upgrade the brakes and suspension, sort the breathing, get rid of the any extra weight.....once you've done a few track days with that lot....then start looking on upgrading the power

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    good luck with it mate, i looking to do the same thing but in a clio 1.8 16v. sorry to jump on your thread but whilst on the subject what would be the deal with insurance? (on tracks)

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