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Pop Quiz: What’s the cheapest way to go racing in North America?
It may well be North America’s newest spec-car series, the Nissan Micra Cup.The cost of entry is $19,998, which gets you a modified Micra, a set of racing wheels, slick tires and a racing suit. It may sound a lot more expensive than some beater racing series, but this is a brand new, professionally built race car.
Built by Motorsports in Action in Quebec, the Micra’s conversion from road car to race car is extensive. The cars are built to match FIA safety standards, which means the Micra gets an FIA-approved racing seat, a five-point harness, a fire extinguisher, racing front brake pads, a safety cage, a driver’s protection net and tow hooks on the front and rear of the car.
The only performance changes made to the cars are new wheels with Pirelli high performance tires, a NISMO S-Tune suspension kit and a modified exhaust, the latter of which does not increase performance, but does make the Micra sound more like a proper race car. The rest of the powertrain remains stock, including the basic 1.6-liter engine making 109 HP and 106 lb-ft of torque matched to a five-speed manual transmission.