I'm old school. I subscribe to the philosophy of why by a 4 cylinder when you can have a V8. Bigger is always better when it comes to an engine. So, three years ago I bought a new Ford Mustang GT 5.0. What a blast to drive around town. Love the car! Ford really got something right with that car. Then a friend of mine told me about a car driving event where I could take it on the track. I signed up, did an event. Boom...Hooked!
I then spent two years adding better suspension, better tires, high performance brakes, hi-flow exhaust, new airflow, a tune, and lots of other aftermarket parts. But no matter what I did two things happened every time I went to the track: 1). I ate up tires and brakes like they were popcorn, and 2). Those little cars just kept passing me like i was standing still. It made no sense to me. I had 375 HP to the rear tires but the car just wouldn't grip or turn,
Then a friend of mine offered me the best advice. He said "quit trying to turn a daily driver into a track car and buy something specific for the track". I did a ton of research. I looked at Miata's, BMW's, Old C5 Corvettes, kit cars, etc., etc, etc. before I finally decided on a track car.
I just finished my second track day in a Porsche 944 built by Motor Werks Racing. If you search their site for the Castrol car, that beauty is mine. They took a 1984 944 and gutted it, added a role cage, sent it to paint, and then built a track car for me with aftermarket parts (some Porsche/some not) to specifications we both agreed to. The parts all work beautifully together and are inexpensive to maintain The team at MWR made sure of that.
Today I confirmed I made the right choice. The car is so well balanced it is absolutely insane. Image driving a car that weighs less than 2100 lbs and handles like a go-cart. This thing sticks to the ground. I was grinning the entire time I was at the track. Crazier yet, it has a 4 cylinder. Yep, I bought a car with a 4 cylinder. I've never had a sports car with a 4 cylinder. The owner of the place (Matt) built the engine from scratch. It is a 1.8L Turbo and man that thing just rocks! It has well over 320 HP to the rear wheels and I only got the stage 1 turbo kit they offer, which was probably smart based on my skills, or lack of them. I can drive this car in 3rd or 4th gear exclusively and never run out of power, as the power band is so constant from about 3000 to 7000 RPM. It just pulls. I don't think I have even pushed it to half the power/speed it is capable of.
This summer I'll have the opportunity to really learn to drive the car. I'll be in a safe, affordable, and FAST car thanks to Matt and the team at MWR. It should be a great season. Better yet, I will be passing a lot of those big boys on the track with those V8's. How do I know? Because today I took 5 seconds off my best lap ever in the Mustang GT at Atlanta Motor Sports Park and I wasn't close to pushing the limits of the car. Gotta go fast? You don't need a V8! I don't know of anybody who really likes that drink anyway, unless you stick vodka, Tabasco, and celery in it. I think I'll stick the the 1.8L Turbo from MWR. Then have a beer. Much more variety's to choose from, especially the German beers!
Thanks MWR! ~ Bob Glass