In a lot of car competitions, cars that have been redesigned from production modifications are driven, but this was not the case before. For a racing car to be admitted to the championship, a manufacturer must have built a certain number of road cars. As a result, insanely fast and expensive exclusive monsters were born. The most famous of them will be discussed in our selection.
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Probably the most famous example of a road car converted from a GT1 class car is this insane machine. The great and terrible CLK GTR, released in 1998 in a symbolic edition of 25. In 2000, it was recognized as the most expensive production car in the world, having gone under the hammer for $ 1.5 million.
A couple of these, in the back of a roadster and with a right-hand drive, were acquired by one of the richest people on the planet – the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah.
To ensure that the car has at least a little comfort and safety comparable to its insane cost (and in fact the car was a civilian body “stretched” on the chassis of a Formula 1 car), the developers introduced all sorts of “gadgets” like climate control, airbags and ABS … And they trimmed everything for status with expensive leather.
Naturally, the technical characteristics of this unique car were such that their wealthy owner had to keep an additional set of underwear with him. After all, a giant 12-cylinder 6.9-liter engine with a capacity of 612 forces accelerated the CLK GTR to a hundred in 3.5 seconds, and to 200 km / h in 9.5 seconds.
The maximum speed of the model reaches 350 km / h. The racing sibling of this car was so cool that due to its complete dominance in 1999, the FIA GT series was closed.
Porsche 911 GT1 street version
Another German manufacturer, who decided according to the rules of the GT1 category to create their own “vigorous soot”. One of the smallest models of the company with an approximate cost of about $ 1 million (and the exact price of these cars is known only to the owners and the Porsche sales department).
From 1996 to 1998, 25 examples were produced, of which the first two were equipped with headlights in the style of the 911 in the back of the 993. All of them are completely legal and have been tested for compliance with road regulations.
The supercar from Porsche, although slightly inferior to a competitor with a three-beam star, is nevertheless quite enough agility to drive some oligarch from Moscow to St. Petersburg while his girlfriend drinks a glass of champagne in the passenger seat.
The 3.2-liter twin-turbo engine develops 536 hp. in the road version, which is quite enough for acceleration from zero to hundred in 3.9 seconds. The maximum speed is 309 km / h.
McLaren F1 LM
These rare cars from the legendary formula “stable” were released in 1995 and were the road version of the McLaren F1 GTR. They were released in the amount of only 6 pieces (one of which remained in the factory collection). And not so long ago, a copy of the F1 LM was sold to a rich man from California for $ 13.8 million.
McLaren engineers prefer pure speed to various “delights”, therefore, to lighten the mass, this car lacks such unnecessary things as an audio system, power windows and even noise insulation.
Yes, a Californian rich man will be forced to turn the oar humbly on a car worth millions of dollars when ordering from a Macauto. But the designers managed to reduce the weight of the car to 1,042 kg in running order.
The technical characteristics of this unique hypercar are also impressive – the power of 668 hp (even more powerful than the racing GTR by 41 hp!), From zero to hundred in exactly 3.0 seconds, the maximum speed of 362 km / h – have not yet appeared all sorts of “Veyrons” it was one of the fastest cars on the planet.
Nissan R390 GT1 Road Car
In the mid-90s, the Japanese manufacturer exhibited its Skylines in the GT1 class and even performed quite well, taking, for example, fifth place in the overall standings in 1997. However, apparently having seen enough of the successes of their German competitors, Nissan nevertheless decided to develop a special car.
R390 was developed jointly with the British firm TWR. The design of the car is standard for cars of this class: a carbon fiber body with a proprietary Nissan radiator grille and headlights from the 300ZX model, rear-wheel drive, a mid-engine layout, a sequential gearbox and independent suspension on all wheels. The device is driven by a 3.5-liter 32-valve V8, which develops 641 “horses”.
For the road version, for the sake of European emission standards, the engine was deformed to 549 hp. But this is not a problem for our person, who would immediately fix everything in the nearest garage service “as it should be”. Although this car is already going well – up to a hundred in 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 330 km / h.
The rules of the championship in those years required the construction of at least one road version, so only two civilian supercars were produced – one blue and one red. Blue is in the Nissan Museum in Japan, and even put up for sale for a million dollars.
What will be the selection of supercars without the Italians? Well, here is an excellent example – released between 2004 and 2005 in the amount of 50 units (and all of them were redeemed before production) of the Maserati MC12 hypercar.
This car marked the return of the Italian firm to racing after 37 years of absence. And he immediately began to perform quite successfully in the GT1 class, having won the constructors’ cup in 2005 and even beating the “brothers” from the Ferrari team.
Technically, the MC12 is based on the Ferrari Enzo, from which it inherits the V12 engine with 630 “horses”, suspension and gearbox. The body here is of its own design – a carbon monocoque with aluminum struts. It has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, and a giant two-meter wide spoiler provides excellent downforce. Acceleration to hundreds is 3.8 s, maximum speed – 330 km / h.
By the way, one copy of this unique car even settled in Russia and for some time freely drove through the streets of St. Petersburg. Then the owner tried to sell it, but there were no people in our country who wanted to buy the miracle of the Italian car industry for 30 million rubles. Therefore, the car went to England, where it flaunts in one of the premium showrooms.