It's only when you've achieved a certain level of fantastic wealth that you can afford to spend many of your millions on a car that you can't drive on the road, and that'll never be sitting in your garage. A type of car that you have to tell the manufacturer to bring to a racetrack for you: a track only supercar.
Cars that have been dedicated to the job of track work are the alchemic machines that provide the most unfiltered, visceral, and exciting driving experiences possible. Since manufacturers aren't bogged down with making their creation road legal, or making it comply with any racing regulations, they have the freedom required to go utterly berserk, and deliver a car that raises the definition of every expletive in the dictionary.
In this blog, I aim to amalgamate the greatest track only sports, super, and hypercar every created; however, the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that this blog isn't titled "Top", followed by the number of cars included. And that's because I don't feel it's appropriate to give this particular list of greatness a numerical order. Think of this blog as a celebration of when supercar makers lose the plot in the most beautiful way imaginable.
For the benefit of not receiving too many comments starting with the words "why haven't you included the...", I should mention that I won't be including anything that was designed to compete in the tightly governed world of racing. Also, in the interests of not making a list that's already too long even longer, it pays to mention that I'll only be including the fastest version of that particular track car, rather than every iteration the maker ever came up with.
So, with all that housekeeping out of the way, in no particular order, I think we ought to get cracking with our list...
Ferrari FXX Evoluzione:
The fastest version of the Ferrari FXX, with an astonishing 850bhp from its 6.3L normally aspirated V12. Over the 'regular" FXX, power is up by 61bhp, the gear changes are 20 milliseconds faster at 60 milliseconds, and the aerodynamic drag has been reduced, and as a result, the top speed has increased to an unknown figure that's apparently somewhere north of 230mph.
Interestingly, there's one FXX Evoluzione in England that's been converted to road use. I imagine I'd pass out if I were to ever meet it at the lights.
Pagani Zonda Revolucion:
The original track version of the Pagani Zonda – the R – evolved into a couple of other models. First there was the Zonda Evolucion, and then, there was this: the Zonda Revolucion.
The 6L naturally aspirated AMG V12 from the R is used in the Revolucion too, uprated from 740bhp to 789. Other upgrades include the car's aerodynamics, which apart from pushing the tyres into the road with unrelenting fury, also makes the Revolucion one of the most extraordinary looking things ever put on wheels.
Factor in all of the improvements from the R, and the Revolucion gets around the Nurburgring 17 seconds faster, taking just 6:30 to lap the green hell – which in basic English, is a time fast enough to make the laws of physics scratch its head in wonderment.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento:
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is a car that couldn't be any lighter if it were made out of helium. The name translates into English as "Sixth Element", which is significant because carbon is the sixth element in the periodic table.
Weighing in at a scarcely believable 2202lbs (999kg), the Sesto Elemento uses Lamborghini's glorious 5.2L naturally aspirated V10, pumping out 570bhp. Unleashed through a 4WD system, it's enough to catapult the car from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds, and onwards to a top speed of 210mph. Not that it's actually about top speed; it's about on track excitement, which it is capable of delivering in outrageous doses.
McLaren P1 GTR:
What do you get when one of the most unhinged hypercars of all time is made even more unhinged for racetrack exclusivity? You get the McLaren P1 GTR.
Using a 3.8L Twin-Turbo V8 in conjunction with a hybrid system, the P1 GTR sends 986bhp to its rear wheels. On slick tyres, that results in a 0-60mph time of 2.4 seconds, and a top speed of 225mph. Only 58 were made – 5 of which were modified into P1 LMs for road use by the company Lanzante.
Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro:
The Aston Martin Vulcan was already a monstrous thing before the Gods at AMR got their hands on it. Now, they've made it even faster.
Power from the 7L normally aspirated V12 remains the same, at 820bhp. Where the AMR Pro version excels however is in terms of downforce. The AMR Pro version is capable of developing a simply phenomenal 2950lbs (1338kg) of downforce, compared to the 'standard' Vulcan's 2323lbs (1057kg).
The AMR Pro pack is available to existing Vulcan owners, as all Vulcans can be modified to accommodate the necessary components. I wonder how many owners will believe they have the balls to use the extra grip it provides.
Ferrari FXX K:
If ever there's something as petty as a rivalry in the track car domain, it's between the Ferrari FXX K, and the McLaren P1 GTR.
The FXX K is Ferrari's track only version of the LaFerrari, and it approaches the job of attacking a circuit with a frightening lack of mercy. Utilising a 6.3L normally aspirated V12 that develops 849bhp, and a hybrid-KERS system that develops 187bhp, the FXX K sends a total of 1036bhp charging at its rear wheels.
How would it compare if pitted against the McLaren on the same track at the same time? It would be impossible, and rude of me to even entertain an opinion on that front – not to mention it'd start a war in the comments. I think I'll leave that little one up to you guys...
The Lotus T-125 is the closest any manufacturer has ever gotten to producing a Formula 1 car for customers to buy and use on track. Only the most ardent anoraks can actually distinguish the Lotus from a genuine F1 car.
In the middle sits a 3.5L normally aspirated Cosworth V8, that thanks to being allowed to rev up to 10,300rpm, is capable of producing 640bhp. And given that the car only weighs 1411lbs (640kg), the performance on offer is enough to cure any level of constipation.
When it was available, the T-125 would set you back £650,000 – but nobody bought one. And that's a crying shame, as it is unquestionably one of – if not the – maddest and most maniacal track car ever produced.
Porsche 918 RSR:
The Porsche 918 RSR isn't, strictly speaking, a track version of the 918. It was never sold to customers, and it was never intended for a track only production run – which means I'm kind of twisting my own rules a bit. But I simply couldn't exclude this car. What it is in fact is a racing version of the 918 that never actually raced. Instead, it was Porsche's way of experimenting with hybrid technology. In essence, it's one of the fastest laboratories in the world.
Using a V8 engine of an unspecified output – but was derived from the 3.4L unit used in the RS Spyder endurance racer – the RSR develops a combined output of 757bhp; 556bhp from the 10,300rpm V8, and 201bhp from a pair of electric motors in the front axle. Less power than the road car, I hear you yell – but still mightily impressive, wrapped up in a staggeringly beautiful package.
Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro:
The Vantage AMR Pro is what happens when the special operations division of Aston Martin create a track only version of the desperately pretty V8 Vantage. Using the engine from the Vantage GT4 racing car, the 4.7L NA unit develops 500bhp. That might not sound like a lot next to the company the Vantage is keeping in this list – but I'm sure if you felt what it could do, and experienced just how many goosebumps it's capable of rippling into your skin, you wouldn't be complaining.
The AMR Pro is also garnished with other racy bits from Aston Martin racing cars, such as the carbon fibre bonnet and the rear wing from the WEC racing car. With components like that, you know for a fact it's going to be able to monster any circuit it touches.
Maserati MC12 Corse:
The road going MC12 was based on the Ferrari Enzo, and only existed for the purposes of homologating a Maserati racing car – the MC12 GT1. The MC12 Corse you see here was built for owners to use privately on a racetrack, and it was developed directly from the GT1 racing car that won the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturer's Cup. Naturally then, it's packing one hell of a punch.
The 6L naturally aspirated V12 produces a fantastic 745bhp – 124bhp more than the MC12 road car. Only 12 customers got to experience what that power was capable of doing: a privilege which cost them nearly $1.5MILLION each back in 2006.
Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione:
Much like with the FXX, the "Evoluzione" moniker is one that signifies this track monster has been made even more monstrous. Developed from the 599XX – which held the Nurburgring record for production-derived cars at 6:58.16 - the Evoluzione brings with it a number of startling improvements, some of which can be seen just from looking at it.
The aero package the Evo uses makes it look like it's ready to completely demolish any challenger or racetrack that's put in front of it. What might not be quite so obvious from looking at it however is that the rear wing is active, intelligently altering its angle depending on what the circumstances require. The 6L NA V12 from the 'regular' 599XX is uprated from 720bhp, to 740. Oh, and the Evo pack strips a further 77lbs (35kg) from the car, too.
Porsche Cayman Gt4 Clubsport:
The little Cayman GT4 Clubsport is by far a way the most humble car on this list. Instead of utilising a more powerful version of the engine its road-legal brethren does, the motor is exactly the same: a 3.8L naturally aspirated Flat-6 with 385bhp. But that doesn't really matter, because the engine is an absolute peach.
The whole point of the road going GT4 was that it came equipped with a manual gearbox. In the Clubsport however, Porsche only offered it with a 6-speed PDK. Inside, you find yourself engulfed in a traditional carbon racing seat, with a roll-cage for company.
All in all, the Clubsport weighs just 2866lbs (1300kg), which is 253lbs (115kg) lighter than the road car. Porsche does have plans to homologate the Clubsport for various racing championships – but as of now, it's simply a track-only sports car experience for their keener clientele. I guess you could call it an "entry level" track-only car.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro:
As of the date that this article was written, the exact name the track only version of Aston's Valkyrie hypercar uses is still unknown – but we know one's coming, and it seems to me to be pretty reasonable to presume it'll wear Aston's track-only soubriquet, AMR Pro.
We also don't know exactly what performance it'll be capable of – other than one piece of information from Aston Martin in which they claim it'll be able to lap a circuit faster than an LMP1 car. Yikes! Some of the road car's statistics apparently leaked online – stating it has an output of 1130bhp from both its 1000bhp 6.5L NA Cosworth V12, and the rest from hybrid motors. Given however that "leaked" rumours simply require a fantasist with a following to roll numbers that they've picked out of their arse down the internet's hill of great assumptions, I'd take the info with a pinch of salt.
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo:
Okay, so I'm twisting my own rules a bit so I can incorporate this magnificent creation. It was never officially unveiled as a track-only version of the Chiron. In fact, it was unveiled 6 months before the world first saw the Chiron. But there's no denying that if ever there was a dedicated, track-only Chiron, this would probably be it.
The exact performance of the VGT has never been officially disclosed – but we know it does utilise the signature 8L Quad-Turbo W16. You would imagine it would have the same 1500 horsepower as the Chiron – but some sources have reported that it's actually producing a frankly outrageous 1650 horsepower. But regardless of the assumed numbers, it's quite simply the most extraordinary thing I've ever laid eyes on.
Well, that was a fun little run through. Give it a few years, and I'm sure this list will need amending. Until then, we must continue to dream about the possibility of piloting one of these phenomenal machines one day.
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Written by: Angelo Uccello
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