Fine Tuning and Race Prep
Our last check-in had both vehicles with cages, seats and engines. That left the fine tuning for turning a street vehicle into a race prepared vehicle. This included upgrading and changing out the suspension, brakes, steering wheel, wheels/tires, exhaust, muffler, etc. and making sure all the appropriate safety gear was installed as well – fire extinguisher, tow straps, transponder, padding and the sort.
Plus the cars needed to look pretty. All the decals, numbers, class and contingency graphics and tech stickers also needed to be purchased and applied.
For Steve, he kept a running list of all the parts, down to the smallest item, to track exactly what this build cost. See the attached graphic for a breakdown. It took him 2-3 weekends to swap out the stock parts for performance versions, and then another couple weekends dialing in the set up to find the ideal camber/tow/corner balancing settings, placement of ballast, and making sure everything fit comfortably with belts and mirrors.
JB ordered his suspension kit from GM Performance. “There were no surprises with putting anything in. It was all pretty straightforward.”
In the end, the final totals came to about $17,800 for Steve and $20,000 for JB. “Starting from scratch is always a bit more money because everything is being bought,” JB explained. “I was willing to spend $15K to buy a car ready to go. So I do not think the difference is that bad.”
Steve price-shopped all of his parts, and was able to save some money by trailering his car down to NC for the cage installation. But future B-Spec builders can plan and budget to build a very competitive B-Spec, with new parts, for under $20k.