If the first images you think of for the word “rallycross” involves highly strung four-wheel-drive cars powered by turbocharged engines…well, you’re right. You’re also right if you pictured a Subaru product slogging through a muddy field somewhere, or if you have seen the pictures of beaters caked in red clay mud from the last King of the Heap race in Kentucky. Rallycross is simple enough for amateur racing: in short, it’s dirt autocross. The same rules apply, the same cones die, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Dirt is forgiving, yet dirt is difficult to master. Traction management is paramount…or can be tossed out of the window as you turn the course into your very own Dukes of Hazzard Driving Simulator, hanging the tail out at each and every turn. Don’t even lie to yourself…it’s fun and if you haven’t done that, you need to, rallycross or in some random field somewhere.
What would you take on a rallycross course? A Subaru or a Mitsubishi with all-wheel-drive would be a good candidate, as would be anything under $1,500 that could easily be put back together. SN-95 Mustangs on a good all-terrain tire wouldn’t be a bad choice, either. But what about a Z06 Corvette? Light, nimble and sporting a fixed roof, the C5 Corvette is currently one of the best bang-for-the-buck used car performance finds on the market. Yes, the car is better suited for asphalt, and without question there will be plenty of people pissed off that you’re treating a Corvette like a cheap rental car. But watch this silver example take on a dry and cold track and tell me you can’t see yourself behind the wheel. Not even once?