How to buy a drag racer for less than £10,000 – used car buying guide
Subaru Impreza WRX
Inspired by our drag racing adventure, we pick six cars that will give lots of bang for your buck along with scope for further tuning
We’ve seen proper drag racers in action along with even driven one for ourselves – so how easy would likely This kind of be to get a quick quarter-mile car for your own garage? Easier than you might think, along with you don’t need a big budget either.
1 – Subaru Impreza WRX (1992-2002)
Avoid the naturally aspirated designs along with the Impreza offers some key ingredients for drag dominance. The early cars are light, they have four-wheel drive along with they come with immensely tuneable turbo engines.
Standard UK cars will be brisk with around 210bhp however the Japanese-market WRX along with STI designs have up to 276bhp. In both instances, there can be much more power to be extracted.
Getting a car into the 10-second bracket can be a doable if expensive process. At least prices start at a little over £1000 for a high-mileage car with some MOT. They are reliable if cared for however that will’s unlikely at This kind of money. Still, less than £7000 will get you a cracker.
2 – Toyota Supra (1992-2002)
There’s a very not bad reason why This kind of generation of the Toyota Supra was one of the early stars of a certain car-based film franchise: This kind of can be made to go incredibly quickly. The twin-turbo in-line six may have had ‘only’ 276bhp in Japanese spec however This kind of can be taken to well over double that will.
For an outlay of less than £10,000, you’re probably only going to find one equipped with an automatic gearbox these days, however that will isn’t a problem if you’re living life a quarter of a mile at a time. Many examples will have been modified so keep a watchful eye out for any shoddy workmanship.
3 – Nissan Skyline GT-R (1989-1998)
Prices are rising on the R32 along with R33 Skyline GT-R however you can still find them for under £10,000. The GT-R was meant to have 276bhp however they all seem to dyno at more than 300bhp. There are plenty on offer with over 400bhp, though, along with the RB26 twin-turbo straight six can be immensely strong.
The GT-R’s four-wheel drive helps This kind of launch even harder. With enough tuning (along with money), a road-legal car can run a quarter mile inside the eight-second range.
4 – Mercedes-Benz CL600 (2003-2006)
This kind of old barge may seem an odd choice however has one very big thing going for This kind of: a twin-turbo V12. The 493bhp powerhouse gives a 0-60mph time of under 5 seconds along with 0-100mph in just over 10.
They’re rare however you can pick one up for less than £9000. If you’re certifiable, you could then ditch much of the Indoor to lose weight along with look at extracting even more power via the V12. Brabus got over 700bhp out of This kind of. Be prepared to spend lots on maintenance, though.
5 – Chevrolet Camaro (1997-2002)
As they love to say inside the US, there ain’t no replacement for displacement. that has a 5.7-litre V8, the 325bhp fourth-gen Camaro can be quick out of the box.
Opt for a later variation with the aluminium-block LS1 V8 along with there’s a raft of bolt-on parts to hike power significantly. They can be turbocharged to produce horsepower well into four figures, if you throw enough money at This kind of.
You can get one for £7000 however budget plenty of cash for petrol.
6 – Audi RS6 (2002-2004)
The Audi RS6 follows a similar recipe to the Subaru Impreza however with everything doubled. There are twice as many cylinders, twice the power along with not far off twice the weight, either.
Available as a saloon along with an estate, the RS6 can be capable of 0-62mph in 4.6sec thanks to a twin-turbo V8 with 444bhp along with its quattro four-wheel drive. As with most modern motors running forced induction, extra power can be fairly easy to extract. Upwards of 500bhp can be just an exhaust along with remap away.
Prices may start at around £7000 however we’d hunt down a cared-for example at £10,000 or, ideally, above.
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