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My future self, which hopes to be rich, desperately wants to have an ex-indy/forumula 1/ etc. car to use as a track day car. Something like what this site is selling:

http://indycompetition.com/indy-cars-champ-cars.html

1) Are any of these going to be actually usable as a track car?

- Are tires available? 

- Is it possible to start the engines without a complicated pre-heating / pre-oiling rig?

- Are there electronics which will make the cars undriveable for anyone other than the original team?

 

2) Does it depend on the year? Like... perhaps, pre-1990 and you're going to be OK.. avoid anything newer?

 

3) Is buying one of the rolling chassis and dropping in a simple crate engine a possibility?

 

4) Are there companies who address all of these questions I have, and sell "track day ready" formula / indy cars?

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Make your own track car. You will need to acquire welding skills but it is not difficult for an engineer like yourself.(Tig) My race partner is building a formula car with Coyote motor in it. I would post a few pictures but to many Mega bites.

 

  Trust your skills Sir. 

 

 

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 Look for an early  Formula Mazda  for an easy to keep open wheeler . My contract help  services them(Bruce at Speed Connection)   > we met when they were Pro series and I worked TransAm  @ Sebring.  Steel tube frame , driver behind the front axle line. , safe and easy to set up. 15-25K . The later ones are carbon  composite tubs. 

 Bonderont uses them now  .

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You say track day cars, so I want a Penske T/A Camaro.

 

As far as open wheel, an older Ferrari F1 would be incredible I'm sure. However, like you mention, just starting them can be an issue. Several years ago I was reading that the factory was buying old laptops off of ebay as the needed the old OS's to run the programs to start the cars.

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Most of those old boosted,injected cars are Bosch  controlled.  A Modern AEM or even a Microsquirt could run them easily.  I would recommend any LOLA, as many parts are still being made or traded around.  IE the T 70 stuff can still be bought last time we checked.  Support stuff and power train availability  dictates the prices.  Easy to keep running cars are simply worth more. 

  Try to find a post leg eater car. That is any with the your legs under the steering rack  are badd.

 If John Menard  ran one of his Buicks in the car , any of the Honda V6 should fit .

 If you wanted start with one of those basket case tubs , you could use a Porsche trans and LS power. For sub  250 HP the old VW Fox or Audi 4-5 spd trans can be made to work .

 FWIW many track day clubs dont allow open wheel cuz they are stupid fast and invisible. EX Camel light , TIGA, ARGO etc are way cool and just as much fun IMHO. 

 

  

        

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On 1/31/2018 at 8:02 PM, flyinglizard said:

Most of those old boosted,injected cars are Bosch  controlled.  A Modern AEM or even a Microsquirt could run them easily.  I would recommend any LOLA, as many parts are still being made or traded around.  IE the T 70 stuff can still be bought last time we checked.  Support stuff and power train availability  dictates the prices.  Easy to keep running cars are simply worth more. 

  Try to find a post leg eater car. That is any with the your legs under the steering rack  are badd.

 If John Menard  ran one of his Buicks in the car , any of the Honda V6 should fit .

 If you wanted start with one of those basket case tubs , you could use a Porsche trans and LS power. For sub  250 HP the old VW Fox or Audi 4-5 spd trans can be made to work .

 FWIW many track day clubs dont allow open wheel cuz they are stupid fast and invisible. EX Camel light , TIGA, ARGO etc are way cool and just as much fun IMHO. 

 

  

        

If I had the money I'd buy that T70 off ya.

 

Come on Mega Millions....

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