Top 10 Race Track Cars Ready For the Road
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With track days becoming a hugely popular weekend pastime for petrol-heads all over the world, car manufacturers have stepped up to provide some suitably race-bred machines. Far from just adding a few spoilers and popping a fire extinguisher in the cabin of a standard car, these are built from the boots up with the aim of providing the ultimate performance. The best thing is though, they’re all road legal! Anyone with back or rectal problems might want to avoid using them regularly, but for an adrenaline blast down your local A-roads you won’t beat this selection.
Famed for nearly removing Jeremy Clarkson’s jowly face during a test drive, the Ariel Atom is about as stripped-down as a car can be. No roof, no doors, no windscreen, just bags of power and heaps of fun.
Resembling a baby batmobile, the X-Bow has impeccable racing credentials. A carbon-fibre monocoque like Lewis Hamilton’s and a total lack of unnecessary frills (like a windscreen) point to pretty uncompromising performance.
Caterham Superlight R500
The Superlight R500 provides “weapons grade driving thrills” according to Caterham. With a two litre, 263bhp engine in a car weighing almost nothing, the R500 certainly promises bullet-like performance.
Lotus 2 Eleven
This is Lotus’ most focused superlight track machine. Essentially a racing car barely tweaked for the road, the 2 Eleven comes with a big list of options including a supercharger pack giving 25 per cent more power than the standard engine.
Developed by the same engineers responsible for the legendary McLaren F1 supercar, the Caparo T1 set new standards for road-legal racing cars. Forces of over 3g are commonplace when cornering and braking in this featherweight car boasting twice the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron.
In its latest and most powerful form, the Lancer Evolution FQ-360, this rally-bred super-saloon provides serious race day kicks along with four-seater practicality and a boot! 359bhp and Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control system combine to create a track beast which translates successfully into everyday life.
Subaru Cosworth Impreza STi
The new Cosworth version of Subaru’s legendary STi Impreza really is quite something. Cosworth have fiddled with the previous version to unleash 400bhp from the 2.5 litre boxer engine, resulting in a 0-62mph time of just 3.7 seconds. There are only 75 being made though, so look sharp if you fancy a piece of the action.
The GTR has long been a favourite of far-eastern boy racers, and this technological powerhouse is a great option for track fun. 485bhp and top speed of 193mph make it a performance steal when compared with some of the bigger, pricier marques out there.
Available as a thoroughbred racing car, or with an optional kit to make it legal on the road, The SR3 is a twin-seater track marvel with onboard engine datalogging, FIA-spec crash box and punchy Powertec four cylinder engines.
Not exactly a racing car but this classic weekday family car/weekend track menace has evolved over the years into an unbeatable sports package. The latest M3 features a four-litre V8 producing 420hp and launching it from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds.