So, back to this. I'm looking for a new project car. Goal is to be under 2500lbs when finished with a minimum of 250hp/250tq (power to weight ratio of at least .1). Car must be RWD (engine placement not all that important, but FR seems easiest) and must be a manual transmission. Total cost should be at or below $15k. Yes, I know I can buy something like a C5 vette for that money and have a decently fast car, but 1. it's a vette and I'm a 20 year old kid so insurance basically wouldn't happen and 2. it'd just be stock and that's no fun...
So my question becomes, what cars are capable of such things? weight < 2500lbs (less is better), hp/tq numbers at least 250 each (possibly even 350 each), RWD, manual transmission, and total cost ~$15k. Here are a list of possible cars I've come up with:
1st Gen Toyota Celica (currently my favorite, for it's looks and ~1900lb weight and availability)
Porsche 914 - damn near impossible to find for less than ~$8k in decent shape
Miata - (even with a V8, it's still a Miata though)
Chevette/Pinto - I'm not too big on those.
Mazda RX-4 - not a big rotary fan, but a 13b would be sick in one of these. I heard about a guy using one for SCCA and destroying everyone, but the motor had a shitload of work in it, and he kept blowing up transmissions.
Any others I'm missing?
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