Staring on August 13th and going until the 16th Laguna Seca will be where a racing enthusiast will want to be. At the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion folks will get a chance to see historic race cars and the men that drove many of them take to the track.
Getting to see vintage racers on the in action instead of just on display is a rare treat. But what about the future of the performance car? They have that covered at Automotive Alley.
The Porsche 917 is One of Our Top 5 Endurance Race Cars
Endurance racing really tests all aspects of a car. It tests how well a car can hold up over a long period of time as well as fuel economy and speed. In races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans it also tests how a driving team can handle things like driving at night while tired.
Below is our list of the top 5 endurance race cars of all time.
The Porsche 917 is possibly the best race car ever made (in any type of racing). The mid engined 12-cylinder race car was able to hit 240 mph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the early 70’s. The 917 was the car that took Porsche to the next level in racing.
The Ford GT40 is known as the Ferrari killer and for good reason, it was the car that finally took down Ferrari at Le Mans in the 60’s. After beating Ferrari it started to dominate Le Mans winning the legendary race four years in a row.
Racing variants of the 911 have been some of the most successful race cars in the world. Variants of the rear-engined sports car (and in the case of the GT1 mid-engined) have had great success with many class or overall victories.
In the early ’60s Ferrari dominates the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They won every race from 1960 through 1965. The 330 was a dominant car that seemed impossible to beat, that is until the Ford GT40 came on the screen.
In recent years Audi has dominated Le Mans. In doing so they have also proven that alternative fuels have a lot of potential in endurance racing.
Let us know if you agree with the list or if you would have a different list in the comments below.
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The Ford GT40 is one of my personal favorite sports cars to come from America. The car is best known as the Ferrari killer and is the stuff of legends. I wish for still made a focused mid-engined sports car like the GT40 as the car looks beautiful and sounds great.
This video features footage of a Ford GT30 MK1 that is completely original. The video shows footage of the car taking some laps at the track and it is great to see the classic being driven like it was meant to be driven. Watching the car go around the track is great, but it is the sound track of that wonderfully course V8 that will really make you smile.