I started circuit racing in 2004 after getting heavily into track days with my Lotus Elise. For the last 10 years I've raced a BMW E30 320i in the Production BMW Championship. I've done quite well - won the championship twice and finished 2nd or 3rd every other year.
But time for a change...
I had a huge itch to build another race car (before I get too old for such things) and started thinking about a replacement for the BMW. The RX8 stood out a mile as a car that would make a good platform for a race car and the value for money was just too good to miss:
- Good headline power
- Good weight distribution
- Not too heavy
- Proper wishbone+coilover suspension
- Slippy diff
- Less than 10 years old
- Lots made (so spares readily available)
- Plenty of go-faster or track oriented parts
I should point out that I'm not out to build a highly tuned monster. My pockets aren't that deep. My plan is to race the RX8 in the 750 Motor Club Roadsports series. Class B is for cars up to 200bhp/ton (power at the wheels) which would seem to suit the RX8 perfectly. A healthy engine with a race exhaust in a car weighing 1200kg should be at the upper end of the class, without risking going over the edge into class A (260hbp/ton).
The philosophy behind the build is to keep a production-spec engine and take as much weight out of the car as possible. I do all my own work, except welding and painting, so deviating very far from OEM parts and solutions is beyond me. I also have a day job and a family, so I am time poor :-)
My vague timetable is to do most of the build in the spring, testing and setup in the summer, in time for at least one race before the end of the season. Then tinker next winter in time for a full season in 2015. But first I need to sell the BMW, and for enough to cover pretty much all of the build cost.