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How Much Does It REALLY Cost to Go Racing?

Racing can be hugely expensive. For example, an F2 budget is in the millions of euros per season, a GT series will cost hundreds of thousands.
But is it possible to get out on track for a reasonable amount of money? That’s what I’m going to look at in today’s video - and the results might surprise you.
If you’re watching this channel, you’re interested in motorsport and already drive on track - or have probably thought about how to.
So, I’m going to explain how to get on track for the minimum amount of money, and explain why the car you drive doesn’t really correlate with how much fun you have.
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Over the years I have tested and raced everything from Mazda MX5s to F1 cars, from a few laps of Brands Indy to 24 hour races at Spa.
But out of all of that, the core of what I enjoy about racing is two things. Extracting the maximum performance out of the car, and wheel-to-wheel racing.
Honestly, if you’re driving any car to the limit, on the edge of adhesion it’s fun. Add a race-long battle with a competitor to that and you’ll be having the time of your life.
And it turns out there are a whole bunch of race series that have been created so that you can do both, but without the F1 budget. So today I’m going to answer, what does it cost to go racing?
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00:40 - My Experience
01:38 - Which Car Do I Buy?
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05:25 - What Run-offs?
05:52 - Scott's Locost Race
06:49 - Bono, my tyres are... surprisingly fine
07:50 - Show Me Some Financials
08:07 - A Bit About The Cars
09:30 Where Did I Finish?
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  1. Fraktalia


    2 päivää sitten

    Seems I am living in the most car hostile world: Austria

  2. Andy L

    Andy L

    4 päivää sitten

    Great video, but you should also realise if you turn up with a £3500 budget in mind, there could well be people turn up with massive budgets that you just can't compete with. Fine if you want to get on track, but where do you go if you find out you are any good but don't have £100k to spend every year? Scott's advice to join a single make, unmodified series is key here, but you still can't stop your competitors turning up with a team of mechanics, putting a new set of tyres on every session and taking many test days before each race.

  3. Icejjfish225 Tbone 225

    Icejjfish225 Tbone 225

    5 päivää sitten

    Pretty much. If you don’t live in the United States, Japan or Europe you are screwed.

  4. Googol


    6 päivää sitten

    I know it's not comparable but virtual racing brings a lot to this game.

  5. xMissMilkyWayx


    7 päivää sitten

    Of course I've thought about getting on the grid myself but im 20 now so im just too old to start but hey one can still think about it I guess

  6. Nate Lecarde

    Nate Lecarde

    8 päivää sitten

    Take notes Alessio Deledda, you don't have to ruin careers of potential superstars just for your enjoyment!

  7. Max


    9 päivää sitten

    are you nigel's kid.

  8. Sophia


    9 päivää sitten

    I just wanna work at my local car junkyard, they host a demolition derby every month where employees get to ram each other (and ram their boss) with an entry fee for everyone else, the profits made of it donated to food banks

  9. freightliner pate

    freightliner pate

    11 päivää sitten

    I thought you were gonna talk about the costs of Motorsport Teams like F1, F2, Nascar, and LMP1

  10. Troy Bonham

    Troy Bonham

    11 päivää sitten

    Motocross is the most affordable racing out well as the most competitive

  11. floijd


    12 päivää sitten

    So basically, you buy a cheap car, train on the track, enter an amateur race - only to be completely destroeyed by a pro who drives the car for the first time in his life.

  12. charitra Jain

    charitra Jain

    12 päivää sitten

    My question to you is I want to start in single seaters and then after move to sports car and touring car racing so what to I do

  13. That One WEEB

    That One WEEB

    13 päivää sitten

    4:20 (kai kogashiwa join the battle)

  14. Mark K

    Mark K

    13 päivää sitten

    to everyone : note the following! 1. cost of racing does mean cost of fuel, storage, repair. race fees, upgrades . 2. when you enter racing VS open lapping your costs ARE higher. they will have rules you need to follow like roll cage ect. 3. change ALL fluids since track puts on x10 stress on everything. final: racing is fun but it's money down the drain since you winning as an adult, you will spend 50 and get 25 back if you on a fast car. you are the cow getting milked.

  15. TheThirdMan


    29 päivää sitten

    Try this on for size. Australia did everything it could to make these cars cheap yet with sufficient performance to challenge top drivers. These are a one-design formula. Control chassis (100% 2018 FIA compliant), engine (5.2 litre Ford Coyote V8), gearbox (6-speed Holinger paddle shift), tyres (Hoosier), etc.. These are low downforce cars with hard compound tyres and the emphasis is on the driver. The racing is run under what are effectively speedway rules. There is regular qualifying. Then there is the qualifying race, the result of which puts everyone more or less in reverse order for the second qualifying race. The combined results decide the grid for the feature race.

  16. Robert Rosenberger

    Robert Rosenberger

    Uukausi sitten

    The cheapest way to get into racing is with a sim racing setup, the cars may not be real, but the RACING is.

  17. Gold Winger

    Gold Winger

    Uukausi sitten

    This whole video made me laugh. Buy a cheap car and take it to a track day, only changing out the brakes. A $1,500 car is probably going to need all the rubber bits in the suspension replaced and maybe the shocks and struts as well. That's probably another $2k. Now, you've done a few track days and you want to go racing for real. Been there. Back in the 80s, I decided to go ITB racing. The premise was buy a cheap car put a roll cage into it and go racing. Har. Roll cage, upgrade the suspension, fire suppression system, racing suit, Let's not forget the trailer and tow vehicle. There may be less expensive ways to go racing but there is NO inexpensive way to go racing.

  18. ssisnake


    Uukausi sitten

    someone needs to tell him about lemons and 24 hours of le'mons

  19. Adam Adam

    Adam Adam

    Uukausi sitten

    The question much more rewarding is racing compared to sim racing?

  20. Tomasz Zajac

    Tomasz Zajac

    Uukausi sitten

    600cc bike works for me. 6-8K for the bike with the track mods. Cheap to transport to the circuit, cost of the tires, brakes and service very affordable comparing to track cars.

  21. just gaming pancakes

    just gaming pancakes

    Uukausi sitten

    is a caterham 7 485 allowed and good for these races?

  22. sonicstep


    Uukausi sitten

    03:25, same thing with table-tennis and expensive, fast carbon offensive/attacking blades versus allround/defensive ply ones. 😂

  23. Uno Macaron

    Uno Macaron

    Uukausi sitten

    What about karts? Isn’t that cheaper? 🤔

  24. 1000sofusernames


    Uukausi sitten

    I looked into racing hot hatched mid 90s. Could not afford. And that was about as cheap as it got. I used to work with a BSB superstock team and even that cost 80-100k a year if you wanted to win and have a nice truck etc.

  25. Andrew Gaylard

    Andrew Gaylard

    Uukausi sitten

    no one gonna talk about autograss?

  26. Viggo Ketelaar

    Viggo Ketelaar

    Uukausi sitten

    But the Mazda championship was all caterhams

  27. Sam Wellman

    Sam Wellman

    Uukausi sitten

    i love your content these videos are great

  28. Henry Hussey

    Henry Hussey

    Uukausi sitten

    Karting is also a good one

  29. rgerber


    Uukausi sitten

    whoever was never on "A Track" never owned a car and will never do?

  30. SufferingAddict


    Uukausi sitten

    Awesome video mate! Can you do a video with an overview of comparable options in other european countries? (Germany in particular please ;) )

  31. Rients Dijkstra

    Rients Dijkstra

    Uukausi sitten

    I think a role cage would always be necessary, especially with an inexperienced driver?

  32. john smith

    john smith

    Uukausi sitten

    Racing in the uk seems to be in the similar price range as playing MTG's modern format...

  33. Bryce Fair Golf

    Bryce Fair Golf

    Uukausi sitten

    Have you raced on dirt before?

  34. Alaric Balthi

    Alaric Balthi

    Uukausi sitten

    4:35 Actually, i think it is just normal priced hobby. In any hobby, starting cheap is easy. Also it's best to start cheap so if you find that it's not your cup of tea, you drop it and find something else. But, in any hobby, it's going to cost you something. Paying 4000£ for ready race-capable car is not much considering the amount of time is being put into it. Or less than 2000£ with you doing the work which i would suggest because that way you can learn the car and mechanics. Also, all the time maintaining it, tuning it, practicing, learning to drive it and then finally racing with it.. During that break-in phase, you can then evaluate if you want to dedicate more time and money into the hobby. If not, you can sell the car and cover some of the costs. So all things considered, it's not the cheapest of hobbies but also not the most expensive. Only if you want to go all-in, it's going to start costing but that the same with every hobby....

  35. thirdwheel1985au


    Uukausi sitten

    7:05 this bit about tyres reminds me of the two entrants from Osborne Motorsport from the last Bathurst 24 hour. Legend has it they picked up the cars from a showroom in Brisbane, drove them to Bathurst, practiced, qualified, raced for 24 hours, taking first and second in class, then drove them back to Brisbane again... All on one set of tyres.

  36. Jonathon Jubb

    Jonathon Jubb

    Uukausi sitten

    Nearly bought a Super Seven back in the day. (1978) I'm 6'3" tall and could not get in the drivers seat any way I tried....

  37. King Kota

    King Kota

    Uukausi sitten

    Professional racing is expensive but you can build a race car pretty cheap just enter a local race series. Best way to make money and have fun.

  38. superfluous


    Uukausi sitten

    CrosKart/rallykart is probably the most fun you can have with a small-ish budget.

  39. Dan T

    Dan T

    Uukausi sitten

    Would like to see more budget racing. The car building look like half the fun.

  40. Austin's Stuff

    Austin's Stuff

    Uukausi sitten

    2.4 hour of le mullets is only 2 grand a crown Vic lol

  41. Jack Mcslay

    Jack Mcslay

    Uukausi sitten

    I remember that Top Gear episode where they went rally cross, and ruled out that the startup cost of Rallycross is lower than buying a full equipment for golfing.

  42. Soyboy of Busan

    Soyboy of Busan

    Uukausi sitten

    If it’s an MX-5 I recommend a roll bar at least.

  43. Soyboy of Busan

    Soyboy of Busan

    Uukausi sitten

    I really enjoy go-karting. It’s not car racing, but it’s pretty fun and extremely cheap. Electric karts are actually pretty freakin fast too.

  44. Pip


    Uukausi sitten

    The cheapest way is to join a local motor/rally club, and take part in auto cross trails. You'll be able to pick up some valuable skills which will come in handy should you wish to progress further...

  45. j0she


    Uukausi sitten

    Dont forget to rip the whole interior out for weight reduction

  46. Joe Cowan

    Joe Cowan

    Uukausi sitten

    Yep, pick a number and double it then add your mum's age

  47. prodByRv


    2 kuukautta sitten

    the gap in cost between karting and circuit racing :(

  48. Joseph Hawthorne

    Joseph Hawthorne

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Could you post some gopro video of you driving?

  49. -


    2 kuukautta sitten

    i life near the Nürburgring :)

  50. Bonnie Bishop

    Bonnie Bishop

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The rough criminal ethnopharmacologically answer because toy conventionally concern beneath a nasty brand. numberless, utopian monday

  51. Ibnu Zandra BACHTIAR

    Ibnu Zandra BACHTIAR

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Sometimes it might be better than F1 I'd say

  52. João Paulo Toniceli

    João Paulo Toniceli

    2 kuukautta sitten

    It seems really fun!

  53. Cody Jarvis

    Cody Jarvis

    2 kuukautta sitten

    At least in America, you can get into dirt oval karting for less than $1500 and into a low budget micro sprint for less that 5k Or the fwd classes that are super budget friendly as well while dirt oval may not be appealing racing you “don’t like” is better than not racing at all. Also in America drifting and auto x are good as well.

  54. Peter King

    Peter King

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Tell Hamilton this as blacks aren't interested in motor sport only football, baseball even rugby, I know I'm employed them as it's too expensive .

  55. Nataneal Hyman

    Nataneal Hyman

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Scottndont forget the Mazda 3 with the smile looping grill that looks so adorable.

  56. Eff Taroza

    Eff Taroza

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Apparently its cheaper to go racing in Europe and since there hasn't been a US F1 Champ since Mario Andretti Im in the wrong country, but then the last four years is further proof of that!!!

  57. Fallen. pengu

    Fallen. pengu

    2 kuukautta sitten

    It's cool that a pro driver does FItop

  58. What Evs

    What Evs

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The shiny finger elderly occur because grain realistically drown over a jumbled tortoise. nonchalant, flowery freckle

  59. Ostmarackas


    2 kuukautta sitten

    In folkrace as we call it in Sweden i think its the same as banger racing you build a car for under 1000$

  60. john smith

    john smith

    2 kuukautta sitten

    in greece the cost to race in england seems to be the cost for carting...

  61. ShineStreet


    2 kuukautta sitten

    3,200 quid, that's around 25,000 turkish liras this video still gives me hope though.

  62. Neil pentony

    Neil pentony

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Man...I'm 14 and I think my racing dreams are almost dead

  63. Ich habe nur einen Mikropenis aber

    Ich habe nur einen Mikropenis aber

    2 kuukautta sitten

    In germany we build our own track on farmers field and then we race with old cars like vw polos or fiat puntos or ford fiestas. Its so much fun with friends

  64. Luke Willis

    Luke Willis

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Bikes are a good budget option too - decent 600cc bike is as cheap as 1000 and bikes use less fuel too. Also have supercar speed figures

  65. Steve McQueen is King of Cool

    Steve McQueen is King of Cool

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The thumbnail is my 1972 BMW 2002 race car. I only have done club racing with at a track west of Albuquerque, NM. I owned this car for a decade before I set it up for SCCA ITB rules, never raced with the SCCA. After 2 years (2003 season) I added up the receipts: $25,000 for building, buying tools to make it run, paint it myself, getting a license (going to school), buying safety gear for car and me, medical checkups, buying a transporter, modifying it($$$) and test days when they had open tracks (I would give rides to friends and family after my 'testing' was done and kill my old tires). Typical 2 day race weekend would cost at least $700.00 for fees, gas for car and transporter, 2 tires consumed minimum (rotate often), food and drinks. Do not fool yourselves, it is money through a carburetor (In my case) for no glory, no oversized check and no low mileage pit woofie (Star Trek Next Generation reference). Buy a camera, mount it securely, go to school on your awful driving and add a brake light telltale to the dash. This helps a lot for consistency. Race whatever you have, whenever you can for as long as possible!

  66. chris schaefer

    chris schaefer

    2 kuukautta sitten

    well clearly. it would be the 24 hours of lemons:

  67. Rad Dude

    Rad Dude

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Where I'm from people can just take any car they own and do track times instead of everyone at once so it's more about beating your own time or people in your class, people with simple honda accords or Mustangs, even trucks

  68. Roger Froud

    Roger Froud

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I'm surprised you can race that cheaply, it looks like a lot of fun. To be honest, I think it's more fun watching these kinds of races than it is to watch F1. We could use a lot more of it on TV

  69. Lemon Tree

    Lemon Tree

    2 kuukautta sitten

    How much it costs? 20 bucks at the local cart racing track.



    2 kuukautta sitten

    Step 1 : buy a sim rig Step 2 : profit

  71. eejif


    2 kuukautta sitten

    This guy knows what's up

  72. Predictor Bibulous

    Predictor Bibulous

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I know people that spend more on the Driver in their golf set than these mr2's. I wish i lived on the right continent to get into it.

  73. AnamolHouse


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Can you do one for over here in America

  74. Dean Du preez

    Dean Du preez

    2 kuukautta sitten

    This is my second h

  75. AWESOM-O


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Norway used car price: working engine, 7k

  76. Frosty VR

    Frosty VR

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Top gear went rally cross racing for less than it costs to play golf

  77. Riku0990


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Not much: gaming PC, iRacing, commercial pedals & wheel ~sub 2000€

  78. HarryAG


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Local karting track is also a cheap way

  79. Nathan Alt account

    Nathan Alt account

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Love this channel

  80. mediacoregroupph


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Is Superutility races just as cheap?

  81. Anders Hoff

    Anders Hoff

    2 kuukautta sitten

    And no mention of Rally cross and go karts. Huh. Cheep and good fun!

  82. Waracro


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Is a 350z good for racing?

  83. Keith Dolderer

    Keith Dolderer

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Sponsor Mazda much? Nice video tho

  84. Conrad Bielicki

    Conrad Bielicki

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Aside frome brakes and tires, a lot of older vehicles dont have a rev limiter! I dont have a track near me but on a bike it helped me keep my head up while I was exploring the power band

  85. Ben Ha

    Ben Ha

    3 kuukautta sitten

    just live in germany near the auto barn very similar to racing

  86. Greg Anderson

    Greg Anderson

    3 kuukautta sitten

    MR-2s @ 1:30! Yes!!

  87. Daniel Barbuto

    Daniel Barbuto

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Can you please do a video on how you got that job thanks

  88. Thomas


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Surely banger racing is the lowest cost motorsport?

  89. V Sohn

    V Sohn

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Damn! I came here to find out how much I need to withdraw from my bank to race in F1 but only to be told the cost of lowly Mazda 7.

  90. Anthony Kernich

    Anthony Kernich

    3 kuukautta sitten

    None of this applies to Mahaveer Raghunathan or Channoch Nissany - those dudes are terribly slow but have so much money they can skip every category

  91. Rydoggo5392


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Cheapest way is to drive nurburgring in a shit box you got on Craigslist.

  92. Rick G

    Rick G

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Porsche 944's and Mazda Miatas are the best reliable budget cars in America. The Lexus SC300 is also a good option but may be more expensive.

  93. La Cai

    La Cai

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Oh snap i need a car to race :S i was thinking a trike.... MY DREAMS ARE CRUSHED!

  94. The Great Nicocchi

    The Great Nicocchi

    3 kuukautta sitten

    lemons racing is pretty fun to follow. it's cheapo racing for the hell of it. plus the car stories are pretty good

  95. Cliff Lee

    Cliff Lee

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I'm suprised you don't mention go karting.

  96. Gimmeaminett


    3 kuukautta sitten

    I can recommend F1000 if you want a reasonably well-costed way to go single seater racing. It's also 750mc.

  97. lakshmivallabh


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Formula 1

  98. Craig Barson

    Craig Barson

    3 kuukautta sitten

    The biggest costs even for cheap motorsports are transporting your kit. Vans/motorhomes will easily cost £10s of thousands

  99. Thomas13B


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Ive recently gotten into kitcar building and racing. We are currently designing a chassis with the 13b-msp in it. Super lightweight , about 180 to 190 whp and 9000 rpm rev limit. What not to like?

  100. Sonny LoSpeechio

    Sonny LoSpeechio

    3 kuukautta sitten

    24 hours of lemons