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      06-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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Lightweight toy?

I have an e93 with a VF540...it's a fun car, but it's heavy. I am thinking about picking up something lighter and more tossable. Something like a e36 m3, or a cayman or ....

I'm 6'3", so tiny cars like the elise and tesla roadster are out.

Budget is up to $50k. Availability of mods is a plus.

Ideas?
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      06-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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facelifted Cayman S with direct injection should suit your needs or an earlier model + a supercharger would be quite the toy
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C5 or c6 z06. Completely different beast
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      06-18-2013, 03:10 PM   #4
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Elise with proper seat is not to small and exactly fits your description.
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      06-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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      06-18-2013, 04:48 PM   #7
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"lighter and more tossible"?

For $30K you could get a beat up e30 M3 and put $20K refurbishing it.

Or you can buy a new BRZ for what...$25K and put a supercharger and suspension mods for maybe $10K.

At 6'3" you could fit in both.
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A Caterham as the more "practical" choice with some degree of weather protection available, and the Atom as a true exotic alternative.

An Atom will literally blow your mind, nothing else short of a formula car can compete.
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      06-18-2013, 10:22 PM   #9
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Thanks for the ideas. I'm not sure I see the vette as a 'tossable' car though. I'll look into the elise.
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Thanks for the ideas. I'm not sure I see the vette as a 'tossable' car though. I'll look into the elise.
you need to drive one then. At first it seems bigger but (at least the z06) is very light
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      06-18-2013, 11:45 PM   #11
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Thanks for the ideas. I'm not sure I see the vette as a 'tossable' car though. I'll look into the elise.
You will find more info than you want over at lotustalk. A properly set up Elise is as tossable as they get.
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      06-19-2013, 02:04 AM   #12
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Healthy budget. I'd go for a 996 gt3 or a noble M400.

Both would probably be right around $50K if you can find one though. Seems like the 6gt3 have been going up a bit
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      06-19-2013, 04:11 PM   #13
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Elise might be small for you.
E36 M3 on the other hand can be very rewarding. Slap a Dinan S/C, upgrade the suspension, beef up the rear tower mounts, add slotted rotters with some good gripping pads (don't oversize, trust me), a nice tuned exhaust, and you got yourself a beast.
YOu can toss that car into any corner and come out as a champion.
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      06-19-2013, 04:51 PM   #14
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I'm liking the e36 M3 idea. Nice to have a toy that I don't have a ton of money in.
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      06-19-2013, 05:45 PM   #15
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Used exige s240! Buy and s2000 and turbo it with moton coil overs and whatever other mods...
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      06-20-2013, 03:31 AM   #16
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Noble M400 would be my choice. Great models can be had for $55k.
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      06-20-2013, 06:38 AM   #17
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Budget of 50? Dang, that's quite a big budget right there, so many choices.

I'd consider a Z4M and you can still mod it to your taste with the 20k you got left. It's a spectacular looking car.
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I agree on the ariel atom
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      06-20-2013, 07:19 AM   #19
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Ariel, caterham and corvette in that order, although I'm not sure the first two are really what you're looking for. With a stock weight of 3100, the z06 is very tossable. The c6's 7 liter is also a beautiful motor and provides tons of power from down low, definitley will be a new experience at the track. The vettes ls7 is only about 50 pounds heavier than a s65 and overall the car is still 1000 pounds less than your e93. If 3000 pounds isn't light enough, I personally would go porsche 996 with weight reduction.
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I think the Ariel and Caterham are a bit too track specific for my tastes.

The budget could go higher if needed, but I also want to leave room for mods.

The real victory of this week is that I convinced my wife to let me have another car

Niether the M3 or the new car will be a daily driver, btw.
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      06-20-2013, 03:54 PM   #21
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I think the Ariel and Caterham are a bit too track specific for my tastes.
Perhaps so, but they are FAST! At least give them a test drive, you've got nothing to lose.
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Elise might be small for you.
E36 M3 on the other hand can be very rewarding. Slap a Dinan S/C, upgrade the suspension, beef up the rear tower mounts, add slotted rotters with some good gripping pads (don't oversize, trust me), a nice tuned exhaust, and you got yourself a beast.
YOu can toss that car into any corner and come out as a champion.
Mazda MX5 is another option. They are famous for their lightweight and handling characteristics. Slap on a SC, suspension and rubber; you will be smiling ear to ear.
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