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    The question is:
    If you spend money to customize a car is it better than buying a more expensive car to start.
    Is a $25,000 Miata with $30,000 of trick personal preference add ons better than a $55,000 Corvette?
    Is a $55,000 Corvette with $33,000 of customization better than a $88,000 Viper?
    Is a $88,000 Viper plus $24,000 of after market parts better than a $102,000 Nissan GT-R?
    Is a GT-R with $61,000 of trick kit better than a $163,000 Audi R8?
    Is a R8 plus $128,000 of super max customization better than a $291,000 Ferrari 458 Speciale?
    Well you get the idea.

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    Do you want a car that is a track beast?
    Then buy a nice truck and trailer and buy a dedicated tube chassis race car for around $50k.
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    Depends on what you want. Do you want a car too nice to drive on the street? Too nice to risk driving on a track? Then, Ferrari 458, of course.

    If you want to go racing, there's nothing more fun than a Miata. But you probably knew that was coming.

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    If you want to track the car I think you're better off with the cheaper donor and adding performance/reliability/safety mods than starting with a more expensive car to begin with.

    If it's a street car / cars & coffee car than it's just your preference. I like like to modify cars but I also appreciate very good bone stock examples of many cars.

    If you have the money Ferrari 458 is always the answer . . .
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    It depends on how much modification the car needs to do what you want.

    For example, a miata needs a radiator and a roll bar. An RX-8 *might* need nothing. An S2000 for someone that isn't into safety needs nothing. A corvette needs serious cooling, big brakes, maybe a dry sump, and more.

    Modifications lose big time when it is time to sell. So I think that a quickish car that doesn't need mods to survive track use (s2000) is your best bet.
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    I can't drive a stock car. I like to tinker, I like things to do what I want, and to my preference and use applications.

    So unfortunately that means I will probably tinker with just about anything I own. On the plus side, I know exactly what I want, and when it's done (lol) it'll be perfect for me.

    And at the end of the day - isn't it about getting what you want? Better is subjective. What's best for me might not be best for you. And that's okay.

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    Personally, I like a track beast. Viper win's here. But it comes down to cost per smile. Miata hands down is this winner. But when trying to get laid, a Ferrari goes 0 to Naked in under 60 seconds. And you just can't beat that!
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    OP, you need to define some terms in order to get answers that are on point.

    Define "better" and "car." Details matter, and without details every answer is trash.

    Some points to consider, but not an exhaustive list:
    1. faster laps time on what kind of track
    2. street legal
    3. comfort
    4. noise
    5. appearance
    6. resale value
    7. ease of use
    8. safety
    9. cost of use

    You need to specify what requirements your hypothetical car needs to meet in order to be "better" and what characteristics are unimportant, if any.
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    The question you really need to ask yourself is, are you comfortable pushing it off a cliff?
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    No regrets on my Miata. Considering what I have done with it, the fine folks I have met because of it, the places I have taken it, I couldn't put a price on that. I sold it, thinking it was time to move on, but I bought it back when I had the chance. The other cars I tried to replace it with didn't give me the same satisfaction. Everyone is different though.
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    The Ferrari of course.
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    My experience is that you should always start with the best car you can afford.
    A Fiat is still a Fiat, no matter what customization is done.
    Some cars are just done well from the factory for the intended purpose.
    You just can't hot rod a Ferrari.

    Spec classes have the biggest fields and best racing.
    But there is nothing like a purpose built race car.

    Bang for the buck, go shifter kart.

    Modern cars like the Vette are too complex to customize.

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