First Time Pontiac Solstice

At the 2009 SPOKES Autocross #1, Barry came out as a novice autocrosser in his 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP.  For me, this was the first time I was able to see one of these little 2-door sport roadsters up close & personal.  The GXP model features a 260-hp 2.0-liter version of GM’s four-cylinder Ecotec with 260 foot pounds of torque, has direct-injection turbocharging & is intercooled.  Other performance features that matter: a limited-slip differential, anti-lock brakes & a stiffened suspension, as compared to the non-GXP model.

Barry drives this car as his once in awhile daily driver, and really enjoys it during Hill Country drives on back country road on the weekends.

He had somehow heard about this autocross and had seen events in the past & decided today would be a good day to check it out from behind the wheel.

You could tell by Barry’s smiles and body language that he was having a good time!

Looking at this car it seems bigger than it does from a casual distance.  I was able to sit behind the wheel and there was less room in there for my 6′ 2″ frame than there is in a Miata!  And if going somewhere with a friend for the weekend, you better pack light.  As you can see in the trunk, there is a very precious small amount of space in there.  That big “hump” in the trunk is the gas tank.  So, with the top down there is even less space – but it sure looks cool!

Racing Ready is always looking at new sets of wheels and welcoming new competitors to the sport.  Barry, we hope to see you out there at future events & check out the SASCA autocross world, too!


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