which I will now waste your time trying to answer }>
How much have you got?
HUGE number of variables
What spec do you want to build to?
Shoestring bare minimum?
Preped to last one season?
Preped to be competative?
Wing and a prayer hope it makes it to the end?
Are you doing the work yourself or paying a shop to do it?
Factors to consider when creating a budget to get off the ground.(ballparks in Canadian $)
Non Car specific Items (those which cost pretty much the same regardless of which vehicle you choose)
But more importantly consider the car specific items because you _WILL_ break stuff a LOT
transmisions (this is a subie)
when coosing a car you should always price (and ensure a source for) these bits and factor at least one of each into your running budget.
this portion of the budget has made a lot of Audi fanatics consider a VW. Audi control Arm $143 VW CA $49
YOU'll find most folks in this sport suffer from "Total Denial" meaning they just don't want to know the total of what they've spent. They will steadfastly refuse to do the math.
those that have find that they average out to between $2,000 (shoestring) and $15,000 (competative runner) PER EVENT Participated in when you take the total spent building the car and running and devide it by event entries
It gets worse when you devide by stage miles (especially if you have a habit of departing the road)
There was thread on the US forum a little while ago asking what people were willing to pay for a "arive and drive"...
when the number $5,000 was suggested some folks freaked and said Nasty things about the authors drug habbits...others said "hey that's pretty reasonable"