Supercars are crazy fast boasting the best performance money can buy but Race cars take that even further. These cars are faster, louder, lighter, and even more aerodynamic than their road variants.
Some of these cars can be raced in specific race classes while some do not abide by any racing rules and are pushed to the max. These cars are for people who aren’t satisfied with their normal supercars and want the raw experience of a race car.
1. Audi R8 LMS GT2
This Audi R8 LMS GT2 is based on the second-generation Audi R8 and was unveiled in 2019. The 5.2 liter V10 is now bumped up to 640 horsepower. Which is 30 horsepower more than the road car. It has a different body and lighter panels for the purpose of racing. It also has a roof scoop and giant wing which is not standard on the normal car. The exhaust is also moved to the center of the bumper. It was developed especially for private customers who want to race in the GT2 category in 2020. Prices for the R8 LMS GT2 starts at $398,000 which is over $200,000 more than the road car.
2. Acura NSX GT3 Evo
The GT3 version of the NSX was announced in 2016 at the New York international auto show. It had its first race victory at the IMSA sports championship in 2017. The GT3 Evo gets rid of the hybrid motors and is rear-wheel drive only. The 3.5 liter V6 that produces 550 horsepower, it also uses a 6-speed direct shift racing transmission instead of the 9-speed dual-clutch. While the road car costs about $160,000 the race car is set to cost more than $500,000. But the high price also includes support for GT3 racing.
3. Chevrolet Corvette C8.R
The c8 Corvette is the first mid-engine car made by Chevrolet. The C8.R is the racing version built by Chevrolet and Pratt & Miller for endurance racing. This is the replacement for the Corvette C7.R . Instead of the 6.2 liter LT1 found in the road car, the C8.R has a 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8 making 500 horsepower.
4. Ferrari 488 GTE
Ferrari 488 GTE was introduced in 2015 and entered its first race in 2016. It still has a 3.9 l twin turbo V8 making 660 horsepower like the road car, this is due to racing regulations limiting power increase. In 2017 the 488 GTE on the FIA world endurance championship.
5. Ford GT MK II
The Ford GT LM gte-pro won the 24 hours of Le mans in 2016 but the Ford GT MK II is just a special. The twin turbo V6 in the road car makes 660 horsepower but this bumps it up to 700 HP. The race car only makes 500 horsepower while the road can make 660 horsepower. It has racing aero borrowed from the GT LM, as well as a roof scoop and a huge fixed rear wing. Only 45 of these cars will be made for customers with a price tag of $1.2 million. The road car only cost around $500,000.
6. Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
The 2007 Murcielago RGT is the racing version of the Lamborghini murcielago. It was jointly developed by Reiter engineering and Audi sport. The 6 litre V12 was restricted for recent regulations and made only 590 horsepower. The road version at the time made 630 horsepower. It was also rear-wheel drive instead of all wheel drive.
It won the Zhuhai 2 hours in 2007 and also participated in the 24 hours of Le mans in 2008. In April of 2009, the RGT won the GT1 class of the 1,000 km de catalunya.
7. Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo
The Huracan super trofeo evo was created for the 2015 Lamborghini blancpain super trofeo series. This is a racing series created by Lamborghini squadra corse for their customers. It has the same 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 in the road car but is detuned to 612 horsepower. The car costs $295000 which is on par with the Huracan performante.
8. Mercedes AMG GT3
The AMG GT3 is the racing version of the AMG GT but ditches the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. It has a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 making 550 horsepower detuned for racing. The GTR pro of course makes more power but can’t go as fast as the race cars around a track. They also claimed the 1 2 3 4 and 6 positions at the 24 hours of Nurburgring in 2016. As of June 2019, 130 AMG GT3s have been sold.
9. Mclaren 720S GT3X
The gt3x is a GT3 race car made without any restrictions. It is an evolution of the GT3 race car but with more power and extra downfalls. The 4 l twin-turbo V8 makes 710 horsepower while the GT3 is only allowed to make 500 HP. Since it doesn’t follow any regulations it can compete in any actual race.
10. Nissan GT R Nismo GT1
The Nismo GT3 exists but the GT1 is being mentioned because it has a different engine. Instead of a 3.8 liter V6 is has a 5.6 liter naturally-aspirated V8 making 600 hp. It was made specifically to compete in the FIA GT1 world championship.
It won the 2010 RAC tourist trophy at Silverstone. In 2011, it had 3 wins out of the 10 races it participated in.
11. Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
The 911 RSR has been in production since 1999. The 2017 911 RSR has a mid-engine layout instead of being rear-engined like the road car. The 4.0 liter flat 6 makes 510 horsepower. The Manthey Racing team achieved a double victory at the 24 hours of Le mans in the gte-pro class. They also want the FIA world endurance championship for 2018 -19 session.
Supercars and sports cars are an expense reserved only for a select set of people. Track cars like these are even less appealing to these sets of people as they can never be driven on public roads. But for the very lucky few who are able to buy and experience these cars, it unlocks a world of thrill and excitement that can never be matched by any road car.
If you were already in the position to purchase a high end sports car, would you be willing to purchase a race car version if you could? Let us know your thoughts.