Designed by Ian Callum, it reportedly changed from a short design to a long-tail design when Nissan had to homologate its updated race car. From April 2022: Road-legal race cars are the pride of anyone lucky enough to be able to afford them. While some manufacturers produce high-performance versions of already legal vehicles, others make vehicles that are racing cars in production vehicle shells. We`ve updated this list to include even more great examples of road-legal race cars. The simple difference is that manufacturers can base their race car designs on their existing road vehicle plans. Four mechanics grab a handful of screwdrivers, go to a Rothmans-painted Porsche 962 race car, remove the folding rear shell and attach this plate to the back of the car. Now, the phrase “racing cars with license plates” is regularly minted, but that`s something else. The idea behind series racing is “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday”. The cars you see on the track should have a direct connection with the cars on the road. However, racing and production cars have different priorities. Car manufacturers need to build a car that people can afford and that can be used on the road. Racing departments want to get every ounce of power, grip and aerodynamics from their cars, and comfort doesn`t matter.
The Panoz Esperante GTR-1 uses a 6.0L Ford V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. As a result, road vehicles can reach 60 in just about 5 seconds. The GTR-1 really didn`t hide the fact that it`s supposed to be a race car, not a legal car for the road. In order not to be outdone in GT1, Mercedes-Benz entered the fight with a car built less than a millimeter from the regulations. As a race car, that was to be expected. But for a road car, the result was crazy. It was powered by a 604-horsepower V12 engine and a top speed of 214 mph, with the entire body on the ground of the race car. As a Mercedes-Benz, the interior was still leather and even had air conditioning, but the amenities stopped there. Especially because it was already the most expensive production car of all time at over $1.5 million. The Koenig Special C62 is based on the Porsche 956/962 endurance racing car. He was one of the most successful endurance racers of all time, but was dropped after a series of rule changes in the early 90s.
About 125 examples were built and Koenig got his hands on three. Underneath this Group C body is the same 3-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo boxer engine that powers the racing model. However, as the road car never had to follow Group C C-Class regulations, the air limiter disappeared, allowing the engine to generate even more power. A total of 720 hp would be loaded from the engine to the rear wheels via the same 5-speed gearbox as the race car. The French endurance race is where car manufacturers test, develop and promote their latest and greatest technologies. As we have written before, Le Mans was the place where disc brakes, turbochargers and high-performance hybrid engines proved themselves on the Sarthe. With many smart people working for the company, Porsche began reading the rulebook of the new GT1 category before the 1994 edition, which stipulated, among other things, that manufacturers must have sold at least one road version of the car. In this context, Porsche considered it preferable not to build a racing variant of a road car, as the ACO wanted, but to adapt an old prototype for the road and build its race car from it. A 4.7-liter V8, as used in the Mustang at the time, was the engine of choice for this legendary race car. Fortunately, Dauer had already assembled his road-legal 962, which gave Porsche the perfect basis to build its new race car.
The result was a Group C car suitable for GT racing. The 911 GT1 was a 911 on steroids. It was a long-masted car with a 544-horsepower six-cylinder twin-turbo boxer engine that pumped a slightly reduced 544 horsepower, bringing the car to 60 in less than four seconds. With the slightest thought of a lighter suspension so that slippery roads outside the track do not tear the car to pieces, only the required 25 were produced and Porsche won sports car races again. One moment. The racing version of the Ford GT40 was so successful that it won in 1966, `67, `68 and `69. Notable drivers include Bruce McLaren, Dan Gurney and Jacky Ickx. While the Elise arrived long before the GT1 was built, a road version of the GT1 was created afterwards.