Top 5 Race Cars of All Time

Top 5 Race Cars of All Time

Auto racing displays the very tip of cutting edge automobile technology, and the incredibly complex machines that race on the thousands of auto racing tracks that exist throughout the world are the absolute epitome of the automobile industry’s technological advancements in the realms of aerodynamics, performance handling and speed. The following five cars are among those technological marvels that are the most revered by automotive professionals and hobbyists throughout the world and, of course, us here at Auto Super Shield.

 

So, what are the best race cars of all time? Here is what we think…

 

Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 was built in the early 1960’s for the purpose of defeating the Ferrari cars that were dominating the long-distance sports car races at the time. It triumphed, and Ford’s GT40 overwhelmed Ferrari at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race four times in a row from1966 to 1969. The car was named the GT to represent Grant Touring, and 40 to represent its overall height of just 40 inches. Built in four versions, the MK I through the MK IV, Ford GT40’s are incredibly rare and valuable in today’s world, and new models are only available as kit cars and replicas.

 

Audi Quattro

The Audi Quattro road and rally car debuted in 1980 and simply conquered the world of rally car racing, boasting more than 23 World Rally Championship (WRC) victories from 1981 to 1985, winning the overall WRC title in 1982 and 1984, and placing in the overall top five in the WRC from 1981 to 1986. The Audi Quattro was built in A1 and A2 evolutions, and preceded the Audi Sport Quattro S1 and Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2, both of which went on to enjoy great success in the world of rally car racing.

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar’s D-Type featured was engineered to be a racecar. The extremely efficient aerodynamic engineering of its chassis built upon monocoque XXX Jaguar D-Type racecars finished in five of the top six places at Le Mans in 1957. That year was, unfortunately, the last truly competitive year for the D-Type, as a rule change at Le Mans limited the allowable engine size to 3 liters, while the D-Type ran on a 3.8 liter motor.

Porsche 917

The Porsche 917 racecar was an incredible machine that brought Porsche its very first wins at Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. It was capable of going from 0-62 mpg in a staggering 2.3 seconds, and from 0-124mp in only 5.3 seconds – less time than it takes most cars to get from 0-60 mph. While it initially struggled with handling problems at high speed – a significant problem considering its top speed was over 240 mph (not a speed at which anyone would like to experience handling problems) – they were solved in the later Porsche 917K. The car was a superstar in its day, and was even featured in the 1971 film “Le Mans” with Steve McQeen.

 McLaren MP4/13  

The most recent car on the list, the McLaren MP4/13, was used by the McLaren Formula One team in the 1998 Formula One season. The McLaren MP4/13 simply left its competitors in the dust – by the end of the race, every single competitor was at least a lap behind the MP4/13 driven by Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. While the MP4/13 continued its supremacy into the second race of the season in Brazil, the Ferrari Formula One team eventually caught up. McLaren MP4/13 did, of course, go on to win the world championship that year.

At Auto Super Shield, we simply love cars. Their fascinating histories on the racetrack are important to us because many of the advanced technologies that are incorporated into today’s automobiles were developed for, and perfected on, those very tracks. Without the incredible advances premiered by the cars in this list and many, many others, we may not have the technological marvels that are today’s automobiles. Whether you drive 200 mph or 60 mph, Auto Super Shield can give your car the unrivaled protection that it deserves.

We happen to think these vehicles are the top race cars of all time. But what do you think?

 

Wendy Feliu
wendy@autosupershield.com