The Mazda MX-5 comes in at number five on our list of the best five track cars. Known for being rear wheel drive, cheap to run and its superior handling makes the Mazda MX-5 a popular first track day car. It’s not the quickest in a straight line but the balance it holds through the corners means you don’t have to brake so hard meaning more speed through the exit and less wear on both the brakes and tyres. The MX-5 is a reliable little runner and if you treat it properly it will keep you in good stead for years on the track. You can pick these up for as little as £2000 although for a half decent track prepped one be looking at the £7000 mark.
The Caterham R400. Based on the famous Lotus Seven, the Caterham 7 is super-lightweight and some of the most fun to be had on the track. With the low seating position, you get a taste of the track at a similar level found in single seater cars. The R400 has a decent amount of kick. 210bhp, 0-60 in less than 4 seconds and handling that makes taking corners a breeze, all help to make the Caterham number four on our list. Price £24,950 – £34995
Third on our list and the best looking is the v6 mid engine Lotus Exige 410. It’s analogue design now shines brighter than ever in the growing crop of performance cars that have tech shoehorned in them. Its also bloody fast. Let’s make no bones about that. Not having to push much mechanical fat around is good for a power-to-weight figure of 389bhp per tonne, a 3.3sec 0-60mph time, 180mph top speed and with all those juicy aero goodies, good for 150kg of downforce. Its an an exquisitely engineered British sports car. Prices start at £68,995 and at that price is by far the best value car on our list.
Number two on the list and probably the most outrageous is the Bac Mono. It’s as you would expect phenomenally quick. Thanks to a kerb weight of just 540kg and a 2.3-litre Cosworth engine developing 280bhp, it’ll dispatch the 0–62mph sprint in under three seconds and keep running all the way to 170mph. Its engine and gearbox are tried and tested, its fuel economy is reasonable. And frankly, once you’ve punted it around a racetrack, you won’t give a damn about its residual values. This single seater will set you back £104,995 its the closet thing to a road going F1 car.
Finally The latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a screaming 4.0-litre flat-six, which when combined with a well engineered chassis gives a track car which you could easily suffer on a daily basis, but will still run rings around most of the competition on track. Not surprising really, when you consider that it has 513bhp and 469Nm of torque on tap and weighs around 1430kg. The GT3 RS’s £140k asking price will only increase for now on the second-hand market. Personally I think owners should keep their cars and enjoy them on the road and track, putting as much mileage on them as possible.