Any red-blooded guy who likes "vroom" noises and tire smoke has, at some point, day-dreamed about winning a race. It doesn't matter what flavor of speed contest calls to you, be it autocross, rally (the kind with dirt, not the kind with old people and stop-watches), road course, oval, or off-road; you want to drive fast, beat the competition, and get champagne sprayed on you.

There's only one thing standing between you and glory: your 1988 Buick LeSabre with 214,833 miles on it and only five cylinders that still fire. You're going to need something a bit quicker than that. That's why we are here to help you. Taking budget, aftermarket friendliness, availability, and driving style into account, we present The 15 Best Cars for Aspiring Racers