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Old 05-25-2009, 02:54 PM   #1
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autocrossing - best vehicles for autox

I would like to get started in autox and have been reading and researching as much as possible on this forum and several other that have autocrossing details. I have a very general question and wanted to see what some responses were from those that are more experienced in the sport.

Obviously there will be opinions involved and they may differ but just was curious. I am going to start with my stock saab 9-5 wagon.
This vehicle is having more and more mechanical issues so I wanted to pose the question, what are some of the best/most adequate vehicles for those that do a lot of autocrossing. What are some of the best stock setup vehicles?

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The best autocross car is anyone that you can go and compete in:D

Every stock class has specific cars that are stong for a given class. It's probably a best bet to determine what you really want of a car, then make a decision from there. Classes will change and cars will change classes, so you'll have to factor that in.

One way to get a look at what the strongest cars in each class is to look at the back of the scca rules where past national champions are listed.
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Make sure you enjoy driving and are comfortable driving the car you choose. Buying a car because it holds 5 straight SCCA champoinships and don,t like driving will be no fun.On a local level you should find a competative car you enjoy driving and still trophy.
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Being successful at autocrossing is more driver than car--put another way, a fast driver in a slow car will beat a slow driver in a fast car. The car that you pick may ultimately depend on your budget. A Champion SS Z06 Corvette, Porsche or Lotus...or a champion ST class 89-91 Honda Civic Si...there are a whole bunch of ways to get your kicks...and a whole bunch of pricepoints that you can hit along the way.
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wow - lots of responses

Thanks for all the quick responses. My thought process was in line with pretty much what all have said, I just have no experience with autocrossing so wasn't even sure where to start and I appreciate the guidance from those more experienced.
I will use the car I have and learn from there. But, when that car decides to begin stalling more readily and refuses to start up I will need to research something that would hopefully be a good daily driver and also a decent setup for the basic levels of autocrossing.
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Being successful at autocrossing is more driver than car--put another way, a fast driver in a slow car will beat a slow driver in a fast car
That is someone who knows what he is talking about.

The focus is not a bad car for autocross at all. Stock class not great better at street-prepared level. SVTF are a G-stock car, no way they will beat the Cooper S. They go into DSP which is pretty much dominated by non M3 series BMW. The ZX3 is an H-Stock car but it may be under powered to the Mazada3 and base Coopers. Someone trophied in FSP at nationals with a ZX3 this past year.

Now this is all based off of national competition, not everyone is at that level or even cares to be. I like to because I would like to know how good I am, competition makes you better. That is just my opinion on that. Locally these cars are more then sufficient and are quite good.
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a good daily driver and also a decent setup for the basic levels of autocrossing.


How about a Focus?
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^^X2!! on the focus.. the wife even autocrosses her wagon & does pretty decent on a local level.
she took the sts title last year '08 in our region.
2007 i took our regions street mod. title in my ZX3 b4 i went turbo.
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^^ that's true. aldo beware of the class that looks liek it has way too many cars in it. for instancemy class to avoid here is street modified. there are way to many turbo subies and evo's to compete with. so i'm avoiding getting put in that class if at all possible.
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