So You Want to be a Racing Driver? 

Its no secret that racing is expensive, but you can be smart and save yourself some money by taking the Do-It-Yourself route and getting the practice in. Whether you strive to be the greatest at circuit racing, drag racing or any other motorsport, its best to start out with an affordable car that you enter into a racing series with a reasonable fee.


Affordable races

LoCost Racing

Fun motor racing on a budget for home-build Lotus 7 replicas.

Banger Racing

Oval dirt racing with contact and non-contact options for beginners.


Arrive-And-Drive Drag Racing

All you need is a road legal car to join ‘Run What Ya Bring’ at Santa Pod.

Classic Touring Car Racing

Grab a pre-1993 four-seater with a roll cage and fire extinguisher and you’re all set!


Formula Vee

Friendly, value for money racing that takes place at many of the nation’s major race tracks.

Porsche Open Championship

A great place for racers to get started with a 196hp limit and restricted modifications.

Mighty MINIs

With this championship you can drive your 1991-96 Cooper to, around and back home from the track.

Mighty Minis

Best starter cars for racers

Mazda RX-8

mazda rx 8

Looking for a track car to get you started? The RX-8’s high revving nature makes it the perfect candidate and as the handling is so forgiving, even a novice driver will soon get the hang of it.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi is known for producing race winners and over the last 14 years, this sport tuning car has name a name for itself as a rally star.

Nissan 350 Z

Nissan 350 Z

Another famous performance car, many who are on a budget have taken to driving the 350 Z and it’s no surprise since it has fantastic racing heritage. There is also a Spec Z series which is both affordable and competitive.

Runner up budget racers

Subaru BRZ

Honourable mentions also go to Subaru’s WRX STI – a Lancer Evo rival – and BRZ which is terrific for drifting.

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