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Spend all your 28k on the car, if its got the bits you feel you need its a bonus .
Do lots of track days learn the car and the craft of driving it and then buy the bits you really need.
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If your intention is to drive/tour at all on the road then do not discount an SV. The SV as standard comes with a few more of the suspension options ticked as well.
How quick a car is on track is far more to do with the driver than the fine details of car spec.
Regardless of SV or S3 you are right about needing lowered floors at your height.
If you spend a little less of your budget on the car you will have more spare cash for track days
I'm 6'2" and drove my standard S3 for many years with the standard floor. Fitting a lowered floor was a revelation. I did it only to get my head below the roll bar for track days but it had the bonus of making the seating position much better - I could now get my clutch foot comfortable and more room around the steering wheel for my knees.
Feel free to post up potential cars for critique!
Hi! Welcome on board and best of luck in your deliberations.
Another member asked questions about trackday (sometimes referred to as FIA) rollbars vs standard fairly recently. I pointed him to the following 3 Lowflying articles that hopefully will tell you everything you could need to know (and possibly a bit more )
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Wow. Firstly thank you everyone that has replied. This has been so helpful, and as you can imagine created more questions!
It seems I definitely need to give an S3 and SV a go, but lowered floors sound like they are a must given my height. I rang Caterham Oakmere (my “local” - I live in Pontefract) and they didn’t have any demo cars in apparently, so they’re going to be calling me when they have some stock available to drive.
I plan to get one with a windscreen and then buy an aeroscreen separately with the intention of mainly using the aeroscreen on track days.
Timb2117 your note about accessories makes sense. I’ve been building a list of stuff to buy but will hold off till the car’s in the garage and I’ve had it for a few weeks! Sounds like I’ll want the rear ARB, but again not a must provided these can be retrofitted? (I presume within reason everything can be “retrofitted” on a Caterham.) On tyres what do you guys do, clearly I can’t drive with slicks on the road, and I don’t plan on buying a trailer so need to be able to get to and from the track?
SM25T thank you for posting the article on the roll bar. I can’t seem to open/read it though for some reason... have now seen Mcalvert has posted the links to the articles.
Nigel/Scotland North AR seems I have a slight advantage, I’m a stick at twelve and a half stone. I don’t mind it being uncomfortable, but if it’s impossible to drive/heel and toe etc. then it seems the SV will be the way to go. Test driving I guess is the only answer here!
Golf Julie Tango; noted thank you.
DougBaker I don’t “plan” to tour, albeit who knows if that will change once I have the car.
Wrightpayne interesting regarding the lowered floors being the solution as opposed to SV for you. So I guess I need to test an S3 with standard floors, S3 with lowered floors, SV with standard floors, and SV with lowered floors. The salesman will love me… not haha. I will post some cars, albeit I have seen a few I’ve been interested in, and they’ve sold already!
Mcalvert thanks for the links. Really helpful!
I'm not sure I'd entirely agree that an LSD is essential, although it might be a nice to have. I run road tyres quite happily that work on track, there are lots of semi-slick tyre options too although you might not want to get caught on a motorway in a downpour with them. Options are fewer if you don't have f/r sizes the same as once you get to wide 13 or 14" wheels I think you're mostly stuck with stickies. 15s might give some more options.
Getting captive brackets fitted (or finding a car with them) means swapping between screen and aeroscreen is a 5 minute job. Might be something you can negotiate as part of a deal.
Lots of specialist insurers will offer track day cover for not very much on an annual policy. One off cover is significantly more expensive.
Think about seats too - with a slim build you might find you prefer tillets, especially for track use.
At least in the older cars, the pedal box has 3 positions you can hang the pedals from, so even if they're not right when you test drive a car, check how they're fitted as you might be able to move them further away to create more space.
Thanks JonT. Had a look at insurance and it seems getting track day cover included seems to be the way to go.
Nothing I've seen has the tillet seats! I guess I need to add these to my list of things to test.
This is an example of what I have been looking at. Albeit I believe this is now sold: Example 310S
You've added the link... :- )
That Caterham Seven 310R on PistonHeads.