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Hi folks, been reading the forum for a bit, you folks all seem a friendly and knowledgable bunch!

I'm currently selling my daily M2 Comp as my work commuting has picked up and its a silly car for big mileage, especially with current fuel prices and I only used Shell 99. So I have a boggo commuter car to buy to replace that.

Which means that I can consider a weekend car that gives me some joy. I'm a bit of a track nutter, been racing little C1s in endurance racing for past few years, and before that a Caterham 420R as a track weapon.

I've experienced the joy of a friends GT86 a few times at Oulton Park drift days and it's a gloriously well balanced thing. I don't need power for fun, the race C1 has 68bhp, yet is mobile and dances. The M2 was epic, but too heavy, and a thug. The 420R was epic full stop. I'm in my 50s so have finally reached an age where I know that it's about chassis dynamics, platform management and weight, and that all fun is based on slip, grip and the joy of balance.

So if I buy a gt86 it's use case will be the odd drift day, the odd track day, but actually more of a NW Highlands of Scotland road trip kind of thing. So "fast twisty road to track". Current thinking is to acquire an older 11k ish manual car and gently upgrade brakes, do an NA upgrade to sort the torque dip, add an oil cooler, and consider other upgrades over time.

Are there a bunch of independent specialists that prep and sell cars that are lightly upgraded to a safe track ready spec? Or will I have to do all of this separately? I'd rather spend more to buy from a place that really cares about these kind of things and build a relationship with a specialist.

Thanks in advance, and sorry for the verbose ask! ;)

Marcus
 

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Welcome Marcus.

"Been racing little C1s....." For a moment there my brain got confused by the M2 talk and started wondering if the C1 was some sort of BM . I think I had a vague recollection of the Alpina C2 and a little "Google" tells me there was indeed an Alpina C1 馃槂

Would have to be something seriously wrong if it was only putting out 68bhp though, so I then realised we must be talking Citroen. I daily an (essentially identical) Aygo myself and find it decent fun on my rural road commute.

I neither Track my 86, nor like spending much money on it in general, so I've no real knowledge on using a specialist for track prep, however I would have thought either Fensport or Rogue would be good places to look.
 

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Welcome Marcus. Sounds like the 86 is the right car for you. I would use Fensport all day, as their knowledge is extensive. Not sure they sell cars, but they may know of cars for sale that they may have worked on. Good luck!
 

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There is a 24h C1/2CV race at Francorchamps, i think yearly. I might try the C1 someday on a small track but on a fast track like Francorchamps it does not look appealing. I've rented a Funcup a few times on a small track and I love it. Bit pricey though, it is one level above the C1.
 

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Other than the 2 mentioned above, there is also Abbey Motorsport. So depending on where you live, one of them might be closer.
Generally track prepped cars are owner specific as there are so many options out there. So you can request for a build for yourself, or buy something from the forums where an enthusiast has built it for it.
 

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I'd recommend Amber Performance myself. Very few places I would trust with my car but these chaps are one of them. They've done a truck load of stuff to my 86 and they are also currently selling their own 86 demo car which is massively NA modified.
 
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