So I've seen the V6 vs. V8 conversation play out ad nauseum when it comes to modding/forced induction/trying to make good power. I understand that bang for buck, because of all the things you'd have to upgrade, it usually ends up making more sense to upgrade to a GT as opposed to throwing money at a V6. What I'm wondering is, for doing something like road course racing or even endurance racing, does anyone here have any experience running a V6 Mustang (thinking of the 11-14 but other model years, or the ecoboost S550s would be interesting to hear about) in this type of series or any other similar type or racing.
I've seen some 11-14 base Mustangs at autocross events and they seemed to do pretty well for the most part, at least compared to other similar class cars but I'm wondering if the money saved buying a V6, specifically for weekend road course racing, would make sense.
-300 HP seems more than sufficient for getting started in road racing and I would imagine there's at least some weight savings to be found in the GT vs the base, assuming options are equal.
-You can find a number of 11-14 base Mustangs with decent mileage in the $10-11k range, some even cheaper. The cheapest 11-14 GTs start around $15k but that's only a few (with under 100k miles) and you start to see a lot more for $17k and up (I'm basing this on some quick autotrader searches). Perhaps the money saved on the price of the car could go towards tires, brake pads, and initial suspension mods
-the unknowns for me are brakes and suspension - I need to do some more googling because I'm not sure how different the base is from the GT
Open to hearing reasons why I'm wrong or (hopefully) partially right.
TL;DR: If one was looking for a RWD car with decent power for an affordable price, specifically for doing road racing, an 11-14 V6 seems like a pretty decent, slightly more economical option.
I have a GT that I'm planning on keeping for the foreseeable future but I'm interested in buying a weekend racer that I am less paranoid about driving at the limit. For a long time, I've considered SN95/New Edge Stangs and maybe some early model S197s but have been considering the newer V6 option and wanted to get some thoughts from other Mustang folks. Thanks.
EDIT: mods, if this needs to be moved to another sub-forum, please feel free to do so. In retrospect, I'm thinking maybe this should be in the track sub-forum. Thanks.