Every year, hundreds of racers go on the search for the perfect weekend warrior to gut out, put a roll cage in, weld shut and bang around the nearest track in. Some racers go on this search more than once a year.
Combing through Craigslist spam and unreliable ads is bad enough (and also why we created this site), but even worse is not having a good idea of what you’re looking for. You need to know which cars to keep your eyes and ears open for and which ones aren’t worth your time.
The real kicker, however, is that individual tracks and races have their own rules, so the perfect car in one race may be completely illegal in another. Some Enduros are only for 4-cylinders while others are strictly V6s or V8s. Some races run clockwise around the track and even include additional obstacles.
Different cars are ideal for different races and styles. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve decided to rank the top 3 Enduro cars in the 4, 6 and 8-Cylinder categories. These cars were chosen on the basis of acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and—well—ability to take a beating.
Have other cars you would like to nominate, or don’t agree with our lists? Let us know in the comments!
4-Cylinder races are exciting to watch on short tracks because of how quickly they can accelerate on small tracks and zip in and out of obstacles. The perfect 4-cylinder car should be not only quick, but durable and capable of some serious pinball-like knocks.
- Ford Escort
- Honda Civic
- Honda CRX
The draw of 6-Cylinder Enduros (usually combined with 4-cylinders or 8-cylinders) is the speed these cars can get up to. Oftentimes, racers can get their hands on a 90’s sports car for relatively cheap and go on a tear when a little open track presents itself.
- Chevy Camaro
- Ford Mustang
- Honda Accord
Ah, the big boys. The land yachts. The tanks. The V8s can take a beating, force their way into whatever line they choose and generally push, shove and dominate their way around the short track. Ideal 8-cylinders should be reliable, relatively fast and hard to get around.
- Ford Crown Victoria
- Oldsmobile Delta 88
- Chevy Caprice