When we think of race cars, it’s natural to imagine a built-up and turbocharged monster like a Subaru WRX or a Mitsubishi EVO, however, it turns out that it doesn’t take much to race a car. In fact, if anyone is looking to get into professional race racing, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has a “B Spec” class specifically in place for subcompact cars that are essentially showroom stock with the addition of some slight suspension modifications. Which made us wonder if a subcompact like the Honda Fit could actually be a good race car.
“The Fit is go”
The Honda Fit has been in the market since 2007 and has seen some updates since then. Sure, it’s mainly seen a versatile grocery-getter by the general public, however, in every quiet mouse there lies a roaring lion. And while the Honda Fit only has a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower, it’s rage comes in the form of its potential handling prowess.
Building a Honda Fit go racing is pretty straightforward as Honda has parts for it under its Honda Performance Development (HPD) line. In fact, they even bundle everything that you need under one easy package called the “Honda Fit B Spec Touring Kit.” The kit includes suspensions parts like a coil-over kit with race springs to replace the front and rear suspension components, camber bolts, a cat-back exhaust system, stainless steel braided brake lines, and a front brake pad set.
Also included is an air filter and a revised accessory belt to delete the air conditioning. According to the HPD website, this kit is needed to compete in the Honda Fit World Challenge and the SCCA club races. Apparently, the Honda Fit is popular enough to have its own racing series, so it must be a good chassis to use.
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How much would it cost?
While the latest generation Honda Fit (2015-up) is a great chassis, the second-generation Fit (2009 to 2013) is the best chassis to use as that’s the car that the HPD kit was designed for. Luckily, for anyone looking to build a car like this, a Honda Fit of that vintage can currently be found for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the mileage, condition, and location of the car.
The HPD kit is listed on the website for $3,366, but more money would likely need to be spent on safety equipment. This would include a good helmet for the driver ($200), a roll cage ($500 to $1,000), and a pair of good racing seats ($500 to $1,000). Of course, these prices are all rough estimates, but to build a decent Honda Fit race car, then you’re looking to spend anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 depending on the parts you use. That’s not bad, considering you would have a race-spec car that could technically still be driven on the street if needed.
There’s one catch
The only catch to gain access to buying the HPD kit is that you would need to be a member of the Honda Racing Line club, which is reserved for amateur and professional racing who race Honda or Acura cars. And in order to get into racing, you would just need to register with the SCCA and find race events that you can join.
But if you need some training, then we recommend trying out a driving school that specializes in driving on a track as there is no better modification that you can do to a car than improving the way that you drive.