Hey guys! Name is Jake (in case you couldn't tell by the username). I moved to Germany in april 2016 shortly after buying my first mustang, a bone stock 2005 GT premium with only 35k miles, garage kept, only driven during warm months... even has the tires and brakes that came from factory. [PHOTOB][PHOTOB] I've loved mustangs my whole life, but (somewhat controversially) never was a huge fan of drag racing. I don't see too much joy in going fast in a straight line for 10 seconds at a time. Road racing has always been more of a rush for me and requires more skill, dedication, and hard work to perfect. Therefore, my mustang will be built for a road corse rather than a straight line. I've been racing go-karts since a young age, and built my first car for autocross. it was a 2003 ford ZX2, and has about $9k invested in mods. The car was a great experience, taught me a lot about customizing cars, working with a goal in mind, and helped me adopt driving techniques to shave down my lap times. It's currently in storage back in the states, will be getting a turbo build once I move back. [PHOTOB][/PHOTOB] An 8 minute Nurburgring lap time certainly is attainable. I have put down a 9:47, but my fastest recorded run is a 10:15 on my first ever lap. That being said, there are a few hurdles to overcome: ∙Needs to somewhat retain daily driveability. I say somewhat because my previous car was an EXTREMELY difficult daily. 2200 lb car + 10K coilovers + stripped interior - no A/C or PS = terrible daily driver, so I'm used to some pretty rough stuff ∙Needs to follow a budget. As a 20 year old with a low-ish income, gotta make sure I have money to pay the bills. Therefore, $2000 coilovers, $10,000 engine builds, etc. are out the window ∙reversibility. I plan on selling the car within the next couple years, and I plan on returning the car to stock before I sell it (yes, that means everything you see go on the car in this thread will be in another part-out thread in the future). therefore, everything I do have to have the ability to be reversed, or has to be subtle... as in no cutting vents into the hood, no crazy aero parts, and no big jobs that will result in an overly time-consiming tear-down. and, the big one... ∙needs to be in the low 8-minute mark at nurburgring with a *somewhat* inexperienced driver behind the wheel. I've never owned a RWD car before this, and though i've driven some pretty high HP RWD cars in the past, I've never had one on a track, nor have I ever really tried to push one through a corner. This thread will consist of my build, my track days/fast laps at all the tracks I attend while living in europe (with go-pro videos), and questions for the more experienced members in pursuit of my ultimate goal, a low-sub 8-minute nurburgring lap! Build won't actually begin until early spring, but the collection of parts has already begun! So far, I bought some *very lightly* used Eibach Pro Dampers, and some H&R Race springs. I also enheireted some low mileage 2013 GT brake calipers and rotors from a buddy who upgraded his and no longer had a use for the stockers. plans from here include: Brakes: Hawk pads, stainless brake lines, stop-tech slotted rotors, motul 600 fluid, cooling ducts Suspension: springs and dapers previously mentioned, Steeda Race panhard bar, poly bushings, 19x10 square wheels, 285-35 firestone firehawk indy 500 tires for starters. will determine need for control arms, strut bracing, etc. while testing on the 'Ring. Engine: Plan on keeping mostly stock. 300 HP should be sufficient, but if more power is needed, I'll adjust accordingly. Although, that discounted price on the Holley Sniper intake manifold IS pretty tempting... Let me know If you have any suggestions, and stay tuned for updates! If you would like to see my first Nurburgring lap, an autocross hot lap, or a stock 3v beating a 2001 Cobra in roll races, go check out my Youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3FosILV2GXimWx3Iz8llkQ?disable_polymer=true ADMINS, if this is the wrong section for this thread, please relocate it. thank you!