DriveTribe community car of the year 2018 - bonus round - race car of the year
2018 is coming to a close and it's safe to say we had another very good motorsport season. Plenty of drama on and off track. We even saw entirely new series rising up. Let's take a look at the most successful and most talked about race cars of this year and you'll get to decide who takes home the crown.
Toyota TS050 Hybrid
Toyota finally did it in 2018. After countless tries they finally won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, the same type of car that grinded to a halt just minutes before the end of the 2016 race. Thanks to the TS050 Fernando Alonso is one step closer to achieving the Triple Crown and Toyota became the second ever Japanese constructor to win the most famous endurance race of the year.
Hyundai i30 N TCR
After WTCC was getting way to expensive, WTCR took it's place. New regulations made for a more financially forgiving environment and a new era of touring cars. The team champion, YMRacing, and driver champion, Gabriele Tarquini both used Hyundai's new i30 N TCR. A perfect debut for Hyundai then.
Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+
A long list of wins deserves a long name. The silver arrows were once again a dominant force. Ferrari's SF71H was a worthy rival but it just wasn't enough. Bulletproof reliability and almost 1000 horsepower combined with the skill of Hamilton and Bottas was more than enough for a fifth consecutive win in the constructors championship for Mercedes.
Toyota Yaris WRC
In only their second year after returning to WRC, Under guidance of the great Tommi Mäkinen, Toyota managed to win the 2017 manufacturer title. The little Yaris adorned with ludicrous aero may have been the smallest but it certainly wasn't the slowest.
Peugeot 3008 DKR
800 Nm, that's the amount of torque the Peugeot 3008 DKR produces thanks to it's twin turbo diesel V6. Stefan Peterhansel used it to win the 2017 Dakar rally making it a hat-trick for Peugeot. The factory team is no more but Sebastien Loeb will still use one as a private entry for the 2019 edition of the most famous off road race. A possible 4 in a row for Peugeot? We'll have to wait and see. One thing's for sure, the 3008 DKR is the right tool for the job.
Gen2 Formula E
The previous gen Formula E car looks like a toy compared to the current gen. No longer do the drivers have to swap cars mid-race as the batteries will now last for a full 45 minute race. They're bigger and more powerful too making higher speeds possible. Formula E will use this car for the next 3 years and if the recent opening round is anything to go by, it'll will be a fun 3 years.
VW I.D R Pikes Peak
The previous Pikes Peak record holder was Sebastien Loeb in the Peugeot 205 T16, essentially a recycled 908 Le Mans racer. VW's I.D R was set to break this record since it's electric powerplant doesn't suffer at higher altitudes. What nobody predicted however was just how much faster it went, a full 16 seconds! The king of the peak is now electric and something tell's me it will stay like that for quite some time.
BMW M8 GTE
It may have not won Le Mans but it did give us a good laugh. The enormous M8 GTE was probably the best motorsport meme of 2018 and it's easy to see why. It's 2.22 meters wide and a whopping 4.98 meters long, and that's not including the rear wing. It is bigger than the Bentley GT3 car ever was.
Honorable mention - Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO
Yes it annihilated the Nurburgring track record and yes it's one of the fastest machines on the planet right now but race cars comply to a certain set of rules and/or compete in an official event or championship. The whole deal about the 919 EVO is that it is built with no rules in mind therefore it is not a race car. The rest of this list can consider themselves lucky because of that.