What's the Best Car for a First-Time Track Driver?

People just getting into the world of track days have a lot of cars to choose from. What do you think are the best options?

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First-time track drivers have a ton of cars to choose from when heading to their first event. Obviously, we wouldn't recommend showing up in a Corvette Z06 on your first day out—rather, we'd pick something cheap, reliable, safe enough to pass tech inspection, and most importantly, fun to drive. And slow enough that you'll need to master the basics.

My recommendation? A nicely kept, manual-transmission E36-generation BMW 3-Series coupe or sedan. I've been seeing them more and more at track days, and it makes sense as a good beginner car. Its front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout means it'll teach you limit handling on the circuit, while its relative cheapness means you won't have to worry if you put it into a wall or blow an engine on a missed shift.

Now we want to know: What do you think is the best car for a first-time track driver? It doesn't have to be an abused Craigslist find, nor does it have to be a true sports car. It just has to be something that makes sense for a beginner track day enthusiast. Let us know in the comments below.

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