I'm going to get into racing and would just like some input, is there anyone here who races their Fiero? Ive thought about it and have not been able to convince myself a Fiero would make a good track car. Who has experience and how well do they compare?
I have raced autocross three seasons in my 86gt. Finally got it tuned in and placed 6th in raw out of 60 drivers on rs-3s. Could have gotten better but ended up totaling the car on a back road. Very capable car for sure. I can tell you how my car was set up if you want, but I don't feel like typing it all out unless you want that info lol.
alright, I was gonna try the higher classes. like street modified and prepared, I was hoping someone would talk me into racing a fiero. maybe ill start stock with a fiero and decide later rather than build a strait up racecar and suck later. havnt started yet but im about to get my dream job a month or so from now and need to decide what im gonna spend my extra money on.
Coming up will be my 5th year of autocross. I never worry about winning my "class", mostly because there are faster/better handling cars out there. But hey, for a fraction of the money that a lot of these guys have sunk into their cars, I have a helluva lot of fun. And occasionally... I surprise these guys.
The first four years have been with a 5-spd '84 duke with tweaked suspension. This year will be with a 5-spd '88 Formula. I'm looking forward to the extra power coming out of the sweeps.
Thanks guys, I appreciate the responses. I think ill try what you guys are saying and stick to the stock class, if I get deep into ill build an all out racecar. Those fieros didn't look too bad out there, also looked like a lot of fun, I had tossed around the idea of autocrossing my 90 Thunderbird Supercoupe but I'd much rather do it in a Fiero not to mention the supercharger puts it in a higher class it wouldn't even be competition in.
I won the region title in SSM, so its not totally true that A Fiero isn't competitive in the higher classes.
You just have to know how to set your car up. And lets face it, its 80% driver, 20% car. Seat time, seat time, seat time. I cant stress that enough. Experience in the sport will help tremendously. Hell I didn't get "Good" till about halfway through my 3rd season (I am starting my 4th season this year)
My first Fiero was an 85 GT dedicated race car, stripped and gutted to 2300 pounds, 2.8 with auto that I converted to 4 spd. Our class was CR but that equated to something else in SCCA rules. It was still a "Race" class with race tires, unlimited suspension mods, unlimited weight reduction and all the intake and exhaust mods I could make but the engine displacement had to remain stock ( plus no more than 15%). It was fun but never really competitive. I did ok against the Civics and almost won my club's points championship one year but then the Audi's and Mini's came to that class and handed me my arse. What I can tell you is that the Fiero (or any mid or rear engine car) is a lot different to drive at the limit. I was used to racing a 2002 Camaro SS and would steer with the rear every chance I could. In the Fiero, losing traction to the rear tires is VERY unforgiving. Once the weight of the engine starts going sideways you don't just casually manipulate the throttle. So car control is EVERYTHING. The Fiero was tons of fun and would have been terrific if it had more power. But a bigger engine would have bumped me to the highest mod class with Corvettes and Vipers and such. So decide if you want to win or if you want to have fun.