Weekend Warriors: The Best Off-The-Shelf Cars For A Day At The Race Track

Taking your car to the race track for a day of high-speed fun is extremely popular here in the U.S. and around the world. So popular, in fact, that car manufacturers even build high-performance vehicles made specifically for that purpose.

All you need to enjoy some hot laps at your local race track are a helmet, some basic vehicle prep and maintenance, and of course, a killer ride! Sure, you can take your everyday, run-of-the-mill Toyota Camry to the track, but trust us, you’ll want to bring one of these track weapons instead. Here are some wicked track day cars for tearing it up at your local circuit.

Honda Civic Type R

The Japanese car manufacturer Honda presents the Honda Civic...
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Michael Debets/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Honda Civic Type R is the most exciting front-wheel-drive car on the market today. With 306-horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and a sublimely balanced chassis, this small hatchback is a true track-day giant killer.

The Type R has been proving itself extremely successful in Touring Car racing and endurance racing, but if your aspirations are more modest than winning World Championships, the Civic Type R is a great track-day option straight from the dealer showroom. And with huge aftermarket support, it’s possible to make it even faster. Don’t let the badge or size fool you, this car is a serious speed machine.