We've seen proper drag racers in action and even driven one for ourselves - so how easy would it be to get a quick quarter-mile car for your own garage? Easier than you might think, and you don't need a big budget either.
1 - Subaru Impreza WRX (1992-2002)
Avoid the naturally aspirated models and the Impreza offers some key ingredients for drag dominance. The early cars are light, they have four-wheel drive and they come with immensely tuneable turbo engines.
Standard UK cars will be brisk with around 210bhp but the Japanese-market WRX and STI models have up to 276bhp. In both instances, there is much more power to be extracted.
Getting a car into the 10-second bracket is a doable if expensive process. At least prices start at a little over £1000 for a high-mileage car with some MOT. They are reliable if cared for but that’s unlikely at this money. Still, less than £7000 will get you a cracker.
2 - Toyota Supra (1992-2002)
There’s a very good reason why this generation of the Toyota Supra was one of the early stars of a certain car-based film franchise: it can be made to go incredibly quickly. The twin-turbo in-line six may have had ‘only’ 276bhp in Japanese spec but it can be taken to well over double that.
For an outlay of less than £10,000, you’re probably only going to find one equipped with an automatic gearbox these days, but that isn’t a problem if you’re living life a quarter of a mile at a time. Many examples will have been modified so keep a watchful eye out for any shoddy workmanship.
3 - Nissan Skyline GT-R (1989-1998)