Drivetribe creators awards 2019: Best race cars
The 2019 motorsport season has been exceptionally fertile. Not only did we see multiple new entries in pre-existing categories, we also saw the rise of two brand new categories. Each coming with its own new style of racing machinery.
One major rule of this list was that the car had to have made its competition debut this year, except for WRC cars and WEC cars since those stayed pretty much unchanged between seasons. This means the impressive VW IDR is excluded from this list. Not that big of a loss since it already won this award last year. Also missing from this list is stuff like the Aston Martin Valkyrie as that is still in its development phase, just like the rest of its Le Mans Hypercar class colleagues.
So without further ado, here are the nominees.
While F1 continues to venture into the realm of science-fiction, over in Australia they have developed what is probably the most pure open wheel race car of this time: The S5000. Big rear tyres, relativelly simple aero and a roaring naturally aspirated V8 that sounds like it comes from mad max movie set. Barrichello, who participated in the first race at Sandown in april, already reported getting several phone calls from ex-F1 colleagues eager to have a go.
Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+
Mercedes have been consistently creating a masterpiece of a car for 6 years in a row now that people are starting to accept their domination as simply a part of F1. The Merc's may have shown some weaknesses from time to time, ones Red bull and Ferrari eagerly profited from, but it's hard to deny the W10 EQ Power+ was the best overall machine of the grid.
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
source: AKK Sports Ltd.
Sébastien Ogier and/or Toyota have been foiling their plans for years now but in 2019 Hyundai have finally bagged the WRC constructors championship. Stiff competition from the Japanese brand saw Hyundai lead into the final round with a small 18 point lead. Unfortunately the severe bush fires in Australia cancelled the final event of the season meaning Toyota had no chance for one final attack. Nevertheless, the South Korean brand now sits among the greatest, such as Audi and Lancia, in the rallying hall of fame.
Toyota GR Supra GT4
In 2019 Toyota finally joined the immensely popular GT4 racing craze with its supra. Despite only being officially revealed in late oktober, the GT4 Supra already has a podium finish under its belt. The most infamous sports car of the year finished 3rd in class at the Nurburgring 24H month's earlier with Toyota's very own CEO behind the wheel.
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
Back in 2007 Aston Martin created the very first GT4 car. Now, more than 10 years later, they finally replaced the aging Vantage with a brand new one. In the massive and highly competitive GT4 grid the new Vantage GT4 has proven to be quite successful. Especially in British GT where it won the championship over its other native rival, the McLaren 570s GT4, with a meager 1 point gap.
Audi R8 LMS GT2
Audi's newest race version of the R8 is made for the brand new GT2 class, a category specifically aimed at the gentleman driver. The R8 LMS GT2 sacrifices downforce and cornering speed for out right power and ease of use, the key cornerstones of GT2 class. The formula proved successful as James Sofronas put his R8 on the podium next to several GT3 cars at the final race of the Blancpain GT Sports Club in Barcelona.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
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Accompanying the R8 in GT2 class is the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport aka the 935's more serious brother. Yes the 935 can technically race in GT2 as well since it shares everything but that fancy body with the Clubsport, but former was clearly made to be a collectors item and/or a track toy. If you want further proof of Porsche making a clear divide between the cars look no further than the price. The Clubsport is a whopping 200.000 euro cheaper despite being pretty much exactly the same car.
Australia's most popular racing championship Supercars, formerly known as V8 Supercars, has always been about one rivalry: Ford vs Holden. This year Ford retired the Falcon and replaced it with the Mustang. Right out the gate the Mustang was a winner and throughout the season the cars were forcefully slowed down through several modifications in order to stop the steamrolling. Too little too late as the Mustang took home the championship title thanks to 21 wins out of 35 races.