3 FACTORY-BRED MOTORSPORT VARIANTS
Track-focused and direct from VW, Mazda and Subaru
1. VOLKSWAGEN POLO GTI R5
The baddest Polo of them all is the rally-spec R5. Built by VW Motorsport in Spain for customer racing, it features all-wheel drive, a 200kW/400Nm turbo 1.6-litre four and a sequential transmission. It’s good for 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds and has all the requisite safety modifications and bodywork for rallying, along with ZF dampers and two clutch LSDs. It’s also expensive at €190,000 (AUD$298,000).
2. MAZDA MX-5 CUP CAR
Keen to carve out a name for yourself in USA’s onemake series circles? Mazda’s MX-5 Cup car would be for you, then. Built in America for a ‘global’ series, they’re left-hand drive, use a sealed 2.0-litre engine and extensive chassis upgrades. DSSV dampers hold BF Goodrich slicks on the road. Cost is USD$58,000 for the 2018 car (AUD$80,000), but the new version with a 7500rpm engine bumps that to USD$65K (AUD$89K).
3. SUBARU BRZ RA
Okay, so not all of us want to dive straight into competition motorsport. Then what about track days? The Japan-only BRZ RA junks items that add unnecessary cost – note those steelies that Subaru assume you’ll throw out anyway – and its price converts to AUD$26,000. Or you can go for the RA Racing version that adds a six-point roll cage, oil cooler, harnesses and brake cooling ducts for about AUD$38K.