Here Are 14 Cars That Should Come in a Factory Racing Version

Mazda sells the Global MX-5 Cup Car, a turn-key racer, right from the factory. These cars should do the same.

Al Merion Padron

The Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car is a fantastic proposition for amateur racers: A factory-prepped, turnkey race car you can just buy and drive, for a pretty reasonable price. These cars should follow suit, according to you.

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Kia Stinger

The Kia Stinger has lots of potential. What better way to show off that finely tuned rear-wheel drive platform than to take it racing? We bet it would be a lot more fun on the track once you take the interior out and replace it with a cage.

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Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The new Corolla hatch is incredibly fun, as we discovered in our three-lap review of the car earlier this month. It's the perfect car to start an entry-level spec series where racers can break into motorsport without having to spend a bunch of money. And because it's a Toyota, drivers won't have to worry about breaking parts as often.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

The Defender Challenge is a spec rally series that uses race-prepped Land Rover Defenders. We think something like that would be perfect for the G-Wagen as well—especially with the new model. Who wouldn't want to see a caged G-Wagen fly through the forest? We sure would.

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Jeep Wrangler

Of course, the G-Wagen isn't the only off-roader worthy of a factory race version. The new Wrangler is just as capable, and perfectly suited to running Baja with a few mods and some safety equipment.

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Honda Civic Type R

The new Type R is currently the fastest front-wheel drive car at the Nurburgring. It's capable of setting some pretty extreme times on-track right from the factory, so we can only imagine how well it would do with a stripped out interior and a set of racing slicks. That Honda reliability is just a bonus.

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AJ Mueller
Alfa Romeo 4C

It's beautiful, it's Italian, and it's also about 80 percent of the way towards being an actual race cars. Why wouldn't Alfa Romeo offer a factory-prepped 4C race car? It would be amazing! Alfa may not be able to crank out 4Cs at the same rate that Mazda produces Miatas, but even so, we still wish Alfa would offer a competitor for the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport factory-prepped racer.

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DW Burnett
Ford F-150 Raptor

The F-150 Raptor is basically Baja-ready from the factory—Ford entered a relatively-stock example in the 1000-mile race and finished with ease. With all that suspension travel, multiple driving modes, and heavy-duty chassis bracing, it's no question the Raptor would do well as a fully prepped race machine.

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The BMW 2 Series is the least-expensive BMW you can buy. That makes it a great starting place for buyers who are new to the brand and don't have the budget for a nicer luxury car. But whether they're buying it because it's cheap or because it's cute, it's also fun to drive. After a few months behind the wheel, new owners are going to start to understand why enthusiasts love driving.
Dean Smith
BMW 230i

Yes, the BMW M2 is a spectacular driver's car, and we can promise it will be great for the occasional track day—but it's no race car. BMW actually does offer a factory-prepped racing version of the M240i, but not the lighter, more agile 230i. We wish it would.

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2015 ford mustang ecoboost
Ford Mustang Ecoboost

Yes, you already have the Trans-Am American Muscle Group for V8 pony cars. But what if the Mustang didn't just compete in that class? What if the Mustang also came ready to race in 2.3-liter Ecoboost form? You could hit the track in a lightweight 'Stang and have a blast for much less than the cost of a Trans-Am V8 muscle car.

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Mitsubishi Mirage

When you're getting started racing, you're going to make mistakes. Expensive mistakes are a lot more painful than cheap ones. The thing about the Mitsubishi Mirage that makes it so perfect for racing is that everything about it is inexpensive. Yes, it would take some work to turn this super-economy commuter into a racer, but even after prepping it for the track, we're sure Mitsubishi could sell it at an affordable price.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

There's no arguing the capabilities of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Out of the box it can forge through just about anything, and run for years without issue. Bring it to Dakar with the right driver and there's no question it would make it out the other side.

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Nissan 370Z

The Nissan 370Z is a great driver's car in a lot of ways, but it's also aging and doesn't offer the kind of refinement and creature comforts a lot of buyers expect. You know what doesn't require creature comforts or refinement? A race car. Nissan needs to let the 370Z's strengths shine and offer it as a factory-prepped race car.

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Subaru WRX

We already know Subarus are wonderfully suited for rally car racing. After all, Subaru has a serious racing pedigree. The non-STI Subaru WRX also happens to be a heck of a performance deal. The way we see it, if Subaru would start with the WRX and give us a factory rally car, it would be a surprisingly affordable way for Americans to get their start in rallying.

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<p>Yes, it only offers 200 horsepower, and no, Toyota won't build a turbocharged version, but that doesn't really matter. If you get the base model, adding an aftermarket turbocharger still probably won't break the bank. You won't need to make any modifications to get the FR-S to put a smile on your face, though. Grins come stock.</p>
Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ

The Toyota 86—as well as its Subaru BRZ twin—has a lot going for it in the handling department. We wouldn't mind if Toyota decided to give it a turbo and some more power, but even if it won't melt your face off in a straight line, it's still enough fun through the corners that we don't completely mind. If Americans could get their hands on a factory racing version, it would give the Mazda MX-5 Cup some serious competition.

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