another good shout is a ax with a vts lump in, stripped out lowered some grippy steelies and your getting there!
Well if you looking for a good handling track car, you need to look at things which are decent handling to start with....
Red top corsa big no no!!!!! Appalling handling on them. Fiesta mk2 is a good one as long as you by anti roll bar set ups with cage etc due to weight however need work to get it right as they dont have fantastic handling to start with.
Personally i would say si with twin ARB on the back and polybush the front ARB and bottom arms...or again a well known handling car to start with weighting less than ton to start.... http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/1616981.htm
Or go 205 Gti