As cars become more affordable to buy, a lot of motorists tend to have two cars. The first one gets used as their “daily driver” while the second is their “fun” car! Your idea of fun may mean owning a high-performance base or a classic car, for example.

Sometimes, people buy second cars that they use only on racing circuits! If that sounds like you, there’s a chance you want to buy a track day weapon. The easiest route to doing that is modifying a hatchback car. In today’s article, I will walk you through the steps needed to doing just that! Here is what you need to know:

Racing Circuits Race Car

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Start with a decent base car

The first thing you need to do is get yourself a good quality hatchback car to use as your base. It’s important that the car in question is rust-free and is in an excellent mechanical condition.

Unless you’ve got deep pockets, it makes sense to buy a used hatchback car. With sites like Carco Cars around, you’ll find it easy to get a good deal on your ideal vehicle of choice.

It also helps that the engine offers a good amount of power as standard. Avoid cars with weedy 1.0-litre 12-valve engines. If you can’t, source a car that you can transplant a better engine into without too much cost.

Strip the interior

Next, you will need to jettison most of the car’s interior. When you’re racing on a track, speed is everything. If you’ve got heavy seats, carpets and other items, they will slow you down.

You can even get rid of most of your dashboard too. The only person that needs a seat is a driver. I’d recommend leaving the door cards in place. Otherwise, it can be tricky to get out of the car!

Circuit Race Car

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Fit a roll cage

You need to strengthen the car, especially when you’re cornering at speed. It makes sense to have a custom roll cage installed into your track day vehicle.

Just make sure you get a professional to build and fit it for you. It’s also worth getting it powder coated so that you protect it from corrosion.