14 Better Track Focused Versions of Fast Cars

Manufacturers always save the best for last and that is the case with these sets of cars. They are usually the best versions of their respective cars geared towards maximum fun or capability. Combining the best parts of what makes a car so good with the ability to also be dynamically better than their base models.

These cars are also a bit limited than their base versions making them a bit more desirable. Here are some of the best track-focused cars.

1. BMW M2 CS

The BMW M2 CS is the track-focused version of the M2 unveiled in November of 2019. The CS did not share the same engine with a regular M2. It uses the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight 6 found in the M4 competition making 444 horsepower. The 0-60 time drop from 4.5 seconds to 4 seconds.

Ceramic brakes right now an option for the M2 CS. It had a new adaptive m suspension, forged aluminum control arms and wheel hubs, and a carbon-fiber transmission tunnel for weight savings. The hood, roof, and aerodynamic parts are all made out of carbon fiber.

2. BMW M4 GTS

The M4 GTS is a track-focused version of the BMW M4 with a production of only 700 units. The 3.0-liter water injected twin-turbo straight 6 now making 493 horsepower. The 5-liter water tank stored in the trunk sprays water into the Intake, cooling it down and help produce more horsepower. The regular M4 made 425 horsepower. It also weighs 60 lbs lighter than the standard M4.

The car now has a wing, diffuser, front splitter, hood, trunk and driveshaft all made out of carbon fiber. Inside the car now has lightweight carbon seats, a roll cage, and a fire extinguisher.

3. Honda Civic type R

The Honda Civic gets better with every generation. The FK8 Civic Type R uses a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo making 315 horsepower. It makes use of a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

It is visually more aggressive than the normal Civic. It has a new front and rear bumper as well as a huge rear wing. The car also has 3 exhaust pipes mounted in the middle.

4. Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota sports cars have returned with the supra name but the newest surprise comes in form of the Toyota Yaris. This little hatch lost its 5 door form in favor of a 3 door format. The Yaris now has an all-new bodywork inspired by the Yaris rally car.

Its turbo 3 cylinder engine is the most powerful 3 cylinder making 261 horsepower. A bespoke all-wheel-drive system is standard and all this makes the GR Yaris one of the most fun new sports cars. Only 25,000 cars will be made and will not be sold in the United States.   

5. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The ZR1 is the most powerful version of the Corvette. Its 6.2 liter supercharged V8 now makes 755 horsepower. The ZO6 made 650 horsepower. It now has a larger front bumper to help with cooling, a larger intercooler, and 4 extra radiators.

An optional ZTK performance is also available for the car. It’s a package that includes a higher fixed rear wing which makes 60% more downforce. A convertible version was also available.

6. Dodge Viper ACR

The most powerful and track-focused version of the Viper came in 2016. The Dodge Viper ACR still had the 8.4 liter naturally aspirated V10. It came standard with a new aerodynamic body kit all made out of carbon fiber.

The viper now had a new front splitter and a huge fixed carbon rear wing working together to produce 680 kg of downforce. It even had brake discs and calipers from Brembo specifically built for the car.

An optional ACR extreme aero package was made available for the car. It included more removable aero parts which created even more downforce at 907 kg. This setup was used to break a total of 14 track lap records at the time.

7. Ferrari 488 Pista

The word Pista means “Track” in Italian. The 488 Pista is the track-focused version of the 488 GTB. A 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8 now produces 720 horsepower up from 670HP. The design of the Posts was influenced by the 488 GTE and 488 challenge cars.

 Unlike most track cars with big wings, Ferrari usually likes to sculpt the bodies of road versions to be more aerodynamic. The internal components of the engine have been reworked hence the power gains.  The 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions have also been recalibrated for faster shifts in race mode. The most notable change to the exterior of the Ferrari is in the front.

A large vent is very present on the hood of the car creating more downforce at high speeds. The Pista generates 20% more downforce them to 488 GTB. It is also 200 pounds lighter than the 488 GTB. Optional carbon fiber wheels are also available to save an extra 40% weight on the wheels. Spider versions of the Pista are also available.

8. Jaguar XE SV Project 8

The XE has no business being a track car but there are no rules to this game. Jaguar has taken their four dour executive cars and turned them into complete track weapons. Gone is the V6 engine and in comes a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 making 592 horsepower. It had carbon fiber body panels and new aero parts. The aero parts include a front splitter and rear wing, the interior is also lined with carbon fiber and Alcantara. It also has the best sounding engine out of a new four-door car on sale. Only 300 of these cars were made worldwide.

8. Shelby GT500

Shelby GT500 has a 5.2-liter supercharged aluminum-alloy V8 engine. The engine is called “The predator” and makes 760 horsepower. The only transmission of choice is a 7-speed dual-clutch, no manual. Power is still sent only to the rear wheels.

The car also has the handling package which includes 28 carbon-fiber wheels, a carbon fiber rear wing, and splitter.

9. Mercedes AMG GT Black Series

The Black series has always been the most powerful version of already powerful in AMGs. The AMG GT Black series is the most hardcore variant of the AMG GT. This Black series is not only powerful but also very capable on the track. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo now produces 720 horsepower. It now uses a flat-plane crankshaft instead of a cross-plane crank which changes the sound of the vehicle.

It now has brand new suspension components to improve handling. Carbon fiber panels use most of the body including the hood, roof, and underbody. The biggest visual changes are the front and rear with an adjustable front splitter and upgraded double-decker rear wing. Together they produce a maximum downforce of 400 kg. It also set a Nurburgring lap record of 6:43.6 seconds.

10. Nissan GTR Nismo

The R35 Nissan GTR has been in production for more than 13 years. Small tweaks have been made over the years to improve the car’s performance and handling. The Nismo version is the most powerful track version of the GTR. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 now produces 600 horsepower.

New forged alloy wheels understand that on the car. The trunk lid is now made of carbon fiber as well as a carbon fiber front splitter and a carbon fiber rear wing. These carbon parts do not do much as the GTR only weighs 20kg less than the normal car.

11. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

The 1LE trim on the Camaro signifies the best-handling version of the Camaro. The ZL1 means it is the most powerful version. ZL1 1LE is an almost full-blown race car with its suspension setup. It has a new front splitter, dive planes, a rear wing, and bespoke Goodyear Eagle F1 supercar tires. Weight is also reduced by 27 kg compared to the standard ZL1. The 6.2 liter supercharged V8 still makes 650 horsepower but now with more downforce. It was originally offered with a 6-speed manual only, but a 10-speed automatic was later available.

12. Lamborghini Huracan STO

The STO stands for Super Trofeo Omologato. It replaces the performante as the most track focus version of the Huracan. The 5.2 liter V10 still makes 640 horsepower. But the car has now borrowed a lot of race-ready parts from the Huracan GT3 race car.

 It now has a new one-piece front clam, a roof scoop, wider body and a fixed rear wing. It now weighs 43 kg less than the performante with the use of extra carbon fiber. The new aero .parts also produced 53% more downforce than the performante. The STO is rear-wheel drive only.

13. Porsche Cayman GT4

The Cayman GT4 is a track focus variant of Porsche’s entry-level sports car. It still maintains its mid-engine layout and 4 l naturally aspirated flat 6. The engine produces 420 horsepower and is paired with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It has a new front bumper, diffuser, and more aggressive bodywork generating 150 kg of downforce.

14. Porsche 911 GT2RS

This is the most powerful version of the 911. It has a twin-turbo 3.8 liter flat-6 making 700 horsepower. Unlike the previous GT2, this one is equipped with the 7-speed PDK to maximize the car’s potential. The roof is made of magnesium and so are the wheels. The Weissach package reduces overall weight by 30 kg. The GT2 RS set a lap record of 6:47.3 seconds making it the fastest production car at the time.

Conclusion:

These cars aim to improve on cars that are already great to begin with. Cars like the M2 and Cayman were already great base cars and only improves on the recipe, while the Yaris is simply a complete departure from the normal hatchback. Changes like these make these cars combine the best of what makes sports cars and supercars great.   

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