This is a weird thread cause if you started talking about amatuer racing. Miata, civics, Fox body mustangs would be the top of the heap.
So bushwacker's top 5 'real" race car: ie cars you will actually see racing at your local autocross course, road course, hill climb, drag strip.
1. Honda Civic(snicker) this car dominates so many classes in SCCA and NASA road racing not to mention wins all over the world in various touring car series(BTCC where the new Type-R are smoking the competion), chalk into the fact that the old civics are the some of the fastest production cars at any autocross. Dont forget all the civic showing up at local drag strips and even rally events. You have the one of the most used and successful 'race" cars of all time.
80s era civic touring car
Modern BTCC cars
The fastest Solo 2 Civic in Pa for the past 4 years even to this day with a different driver than me.
there are thousands of these cars running races across the world.
2. Mazda Miata - cheap, handles good, durable reliabe and Real Wheel drive its the perfect race car. Spec Miata is one of the most popular classes for road racing because of how good this car is. Also a staple at any solo 2 event.
now spec series is more succesful than Spec Miata
been a staple at you local solo 2 since it came out. Still ot this day killin at cone killin.
3. BMW 3-series(including the M3) not my cup of tea. but another bullet proof production sedan that it unstopable when prepared the right way. The BMW inline 6 is one of the best motors of all time. Coupled with RWD and a balance predictable chassis you have the start of a great car.
from stock Autocross cars
to killer widebody E46 GTR
to the E30 days in the DTM(cool diecast
4. VW Golf and GTI - the rabbit was a light, powerful, solid little hatchback. today its kinda of bloated but alot faster. It was the car that start the "hot hatch movement" that continues to this day.
IT racing has 100s of hem rabbits running around
VW spec racing is huge in europe
5. Ford Mustang - drag racing, autocross, road racing even off road dirt racing this car remain popular. why? cheap powerful american power, RWD, and not as heavy as you would think. Sure the suspension is out dated but it no worse than a nascar.
The foxes are popular cone killers
as track car the new one are doing great