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Saw this on Top Gear and it's looks like great craic. According to the Motorsport Ireland website, it takes place between October and April at Mondello.

Has anyone on here done rallycross before? If so, what kind of car did you use and roughly how much would a season cost in terms of entry fees, maintenance of the car etc.? Overall, would you recommend it?

On Top Gear, Clarkson used an E36 328i. He bought the car for £795 and spent another grand to get it race ready.
 

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only just seen this year old thread now!

Rallycross is pretty awesome to be honest. However its far from cheap to compete. Its motorsport ireland sanctioned so everything is taken pretty seriously. The bare minimum regs for a car is- motorsport ireland logbook, fia spec cage, in-date seats and belts, in-date helmet, all in-date suits gloves underwear etc, extinguishers etc. which all adds up to a pretty penny.

To be anywhere near competitive in a particular class, you're looking at spending a good few bob on the car- suspension, brakes, engine, g/box, etc etc. Some of the competitive lads in the 1600cc modified class are running 240ish bhp, sequential gearboxes, 3000 euro worth of pro flex suspension!

All that being said, if you can afford it, its fantastic fun, competitive or not.

Ive a couple of videos of myself from last year, Ill upload them later on.
 

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Thanks for the info man. The Top Gear budget was the equivalent of €2.5k for a race ready car.

Would that be roughly what it would cost to get running here? It's a lot of cash but when you compare it to two year's worth of a golf club membership, it's not too bad!
 

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I'd say 2500 would just about get you a fiesta cup car on track if you were just signing a cheque for somebody to sort you out with a car that'll be competitive

Rallycross cars at the top level are only one step away from WRC cars... but can have even more power so they can get very expensive.


Awesome sport though and if I wasn't into drifting and stuff, I'd love to give it a go.
 

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Forget about golfing!! No adrenaline rush there!!:D:D

ya buying an already built car would be way cheaper than building one yourself to be honest. 2.5k to 3.5k should buy you a basic 106/205/fiesta/corsa/nova.

entry fee for a day is round 220 euro. 20 odd litres of fuel. decent tires are between 120 to 200 euro a corner( but they could last you 6 months or more of events). Barring any major mechanical problems, all you'd need to do between events is basic maintenance.

The super cars are the only job though. the lowest powered one on the grid this year is in the low 500bhp, biggest one is pushing well over 600bhp. unreal machines. I know that doesn't sound too special these days considering most pro drift cars are running 5/6/700 bhp, but these machines are 4wd, with launch control, running proper anti-lag, on avon slicks, they go like the proverbial off a shovel!
 

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Thanks for the info man. The Top Gear budget was the equivalent of €2.5k for a race ready car.

Would that be roughly what it would cost to get running here? It's a lot of cash but when you compare it to two year's worth of a golf club membership, it's not too bad!
You need to spend more time on boards or in the George
 

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Ha! Don't play golf, was just putting the cost into perspective. Wouldn't this country be a much better place if more golf courses were turned into race tracks.

Thanks for all the advice lads. Bart, I'll take your word for it on the george, you clearly know more about putting balls in holes than I do.
 

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This is from november last year I think. 1600cc rally car final. Not my car either, a friend lent me it to do a couple of events, its a pretty well sorted vauxhall nova.
First time driving the car and first time I had done any competitive motorsports in a long time.pretty happy winning first time out!!:p

All rallycross runs a "joker" lap during a heat or final, this is a longer lap than normal which has to be taken once during that heat or final. in mondellos case, you have to go around the "esses" out of the hole in the hedge.

Bloody camera makes it look a lot slower than real life too!!!

 

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It's on in Mondello this Sunday - if anyone comes down for a look make sure to pop your head into the car park down by turn 1 - there is autotesting on there from 11-2
 
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