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View Poll Results: Aftermarket SC or NA car for autocross for 30k +/-
Buy the best track prepared NA car you can find 1 16.67%
Buy the SC car someone else built 5 83.33%
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-10-2015, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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new AX car, SC or NA?

I'm in the market for an Elise for weekend and AX use. As a Porsche guy I'm most likely to run in PCA AX events which put all non-porsches in three classes by engine size, so all Elise/Exige compete against each other as well as Miata, S2000 etc. I'd imagine I'll also run in the BMW AX events and maybe an occasional SCCA event. There are a few guys running very well prepared Exige with slicks, but I'm never going to run their times.

So here is the question: I have my eye on two cars. A low miles NA car with basic track prep (baffled oil pan, toe links, harnesses) which ran a few track days or an aftermarket SC car (likely rebuilt title) with some upgrades but not track specific.

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Do you like to modify your cars? If so, I'd say to get the NA version since aftermarket supercharges are so much better (BOE). If you like to set it and forget it, maybe consider the SC.

Both will be fine for your stated purpose.
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Do you like to modify your cars? If so, I'd say to get the NA version since aftermarket supercharges are so much better (BOE). If you like to set it and forget it, maybe consider the SC.

Both will be fine for your stated purpose.

He did say the other car had an aftermarket supercharger. For a track toy, a pre-supercharged rebuilt may be about perfect


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If you're not worried about classing, supercharged. More power is better, and if PCA lumps you all in the same class because displacement, by all means SC.


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Provided the SC car was built properly and maintained decently enough, I'd lean that way. I run X1 at PCA events as well (we are small enough we dont have an X2 and X3 class).

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The SC car is well maintained, but will still require some details to set it up for AX. I'm hearing all of you. Thanks for your input.

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So I ended up buying the low miles NA car and did my first AX with the car today. Plenty of power, and the car handles well. One spin, and a bit of over and understeer at times, but generally predictable.I'm happy with my choice!

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Do you have a 2005 Elise? Your signature shows 2015.

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Corrected. thanks for the heads up.

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You will like the NA better.

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