Hooniverse Asks- What's Your Favorite Race Car?


Okay, we’ve done motors, drivers and tracks. But one thing has been missing- that single element that brings all those parts together to create an exciting motorsport event, and not just a bunch of guys (and the occasional girl) trying to drag an engine around.
Race cars get our blood going. They are the ultimate expression of the day-to-day drivers we have sitting in the driveway right now, and most are aspirational- driving our fantasies when we get into our cars for the slog to work, or to the store for a half gallon of Hagen Daz. But which one drives your fantasies?
I’m kind of a Ford man myself, and jones for both an RS200 and a GT40 MK I.
But I also love the shark-nosed Ferrari 156, as well as the later race-prepped 289 Cobras and even the much more recent Audi R10 TDI. It’s hard to choose, I know, especially as each racing type – superspeedway, endurance, WRC, etc – requires a different kind of car, and many are just so awesome.
That’s why, instead of just your favorite, I want you to give a top-ten list. You can pick one car out of the lot that does happen to fluff your pillow more than the others, but the group will do.
So, get those brains a thinkin’, and give up your list.
Image sources: [Shorey.net, SisuAutomotive.com]

69 Comments

    1. God, that's Lancia Delta Integrale 16V, CL seller is basically giving away legendary and rare car……or maybe it's BS, how doesn't he know what he's selling?

    1. I love this car not because there is anything special particularly special about it except for the significant fact that it is the only production-based MB racer from the period that I know of. Now that the W108 is covered, if I could only find evidence of a W114 racer…

      1. Few years earlier there was the "Boehringer"- Pagoda, which won the Spa – Sofia – Lüttich Rallye in 1963. It was a 96 hours non- stop race across Europe (6.600 km).

        1. I don't believe it. Cibie's, side pipes and everything! You sir, are my hero.
          If you know anything else about this car and it's history I'd love to hear it.

    1. Yup, that's the Bee showing off it's new full custom cage at Sears Pointless. It's pretty much holding the rest of the car together at this point. Well, that and a fresh roll of duck-tape.

  1. The rest of the Top 10
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3625/3385590187_de
    Ford Escort Mk 1 (Twin-Cam or RS 1600…it's all good)
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2644/3968995073_90
    Lancia Fulvia HF 1.6 Fanolone
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3111/3151203395_b3
    Scarab Mk 1
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3470/3267098582_97
    Gurney Eagle-Weslake
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2804/4288642952_2e
    Maserati 250F
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2592/3972015025_37
    Porsche 906 Carrera 6
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3463/3951567930_42
    Ford GT40
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2548/3955673155_e5
    Mercedes Benz 300SLR
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3616/3385591835_95
    Naturally, this list is subject to change

  2. My top ten list:
    1. Ford GT40 Mk IV
    2. Ford RS200
    3. Ford Mustang Trans Am
    4. Ford Falcon
    5. Porsche 917
    6. Mercedes Benz W196
    7. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
    8. Lancia Delta S4
    9. BMW M1
    10. Audi Sport Quattro
    11. Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 AMG
    Oops…I could keep going, but I've already gone over the top ten allotment.

      1. Dammit, you're right and I knew that. It was based on the 6.3L 300SEL, but they went with the old "there's no replacement for displacement" when creating that monster.

    1. I can't pick just one, but here (in no particular order) are a few of my faves:
      <img src="http://images18.fotki.com/v87/photos/5/54765/1111142/AudiIMSAGTO1-vi.jpg&quot; height="392" width="600">
      <img src="http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/355056.jpg&quot; height="375" width="500">
      <img src="http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/files/articles/future04speed_c485x330.jpg&quot; height="330" width="485">
      <img src="http://www.allpar.com/corporate/bios/photos/indy-special.jpg&quot; height="296" width="506">
      <img src="http://cdn1.ioffer.com/img/item/141/140/96/gDDY7KJaEkt4Pno.jpg&quot; height="250" width="510">

  3. Pretty much the entirety of Dan Gurney's Eagle production. The race-winning '67 F1 Car, the 70s and 80s Indy Cars, the GTU and GTO Celcias, the series-destorying Toyota Eagle GTPs, the beautiful CART chassis…hell, even the Trans Am Barracudas.
    Simply put, the man knew how to prepare a racing car.

  4. How did the Mustang do? I'm thinking about rallying my 'Stang. I figure the 4.0L V6 should be pretty darn reliable, even if I only get 210 hp from it.

    1. They were midpack through most of the stages, but something must have happened about stage 12-13 because they were toward the tail of the field after that. Not bad considering that the car had previously been built as a drag racer then was rebuilt into a rally racer for its second life in the "2010 Unleashed" promotion.

  5. Auto Quattro from the class B days.
    The 959.
    THe Auto Union Racers that terrified the world in the 1930s. Serious. over a thousand horsepower, speeds of 250+ MPH.. it's like a veyron but art deco and as safe as riding in a bicycle's basket.

  6. I can't pick just one, but here (in no particular order) are a few of my faves:
    <img src="http://images18.fotki.com/v87/photos/5/54765/1111142/AudiIMSAGTO1-vi.jpg&quot; width="600" height="392" />
    <img src="http://cdn1.ioffer.com/img/item/141/140/96/gDDY7KJaEkt4Pno.jpg&quot; width="510" height="250" />
    <img src="http://www.freewebs.com/gadget1127/2E.jpg&quot; width="770" height="435" />
    <img src="http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/355056.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" />

  7. Using my limited knowledge of race cars, since most of those mentioned here are way older than I am, and I really only got to know them via Gran Turismo:
    1, Chaparral 2J
    2, Ford GT40
    3, Porsche 917
    4, Mazda 787B
    And in no particular order:
    Audi R10
    Aston Martin DBR9
    Lancia Stratos
    Lancia Delta Integrale
    Volvo 850 Racing
    And of course, there are racing series that spawned many great vehicles many of which I don't know in particular, such as Trans-Am, Can-Am, B/WTCC, and so on and so forth.

  8. Good God! This is worse than yesterday. I will just go with what we will call:
    The Top Ten Porsche Race Car List (excluding the 959, 956/962 and 935 as they have already been listed by others). Sorta chronological.
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1954-550&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1959-718rs60&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1962-804formel1&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2520/3851909302_ba11c43e59.jpg"/&gt;
    <img src="http://ll.speedhunters.com/u/f/eagames/NFS/speedhunters.com/Images/JohnBrooks/Porsche%20911%20Carrera%20RSR%20Turbo/HDK%202436.jpg"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1986-944turbocup&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1993-986turbors&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1998-911gt198&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/modules/ew_filemanager/06images/alms/porsche/2007porsche-spyder-side-600.jpg"/&gt;
    <img src="http://image.eurotuner.com/f/16649213+w750+st0/eurp_0906_01_z+porsche_24_hours_of_le_mans+flying_lizard_911_gt3_rsr.jpg

  9. Race cars are fine ‘n all, but Rallye cars use real roads at insane speeds, and THATS the kind of racing that gets my attention, so my choice would be a Lancia Stratos and/or Ford RS200. Real road cars for real roads, if you can’t take it to the dirt, it isn’t even in the game.

        1. Apparently you did not see the title of the collection. The SORTA Top Ten Porsche Race Car List (that excludes the 935, 959 and 956/962 since they have already been mentioned), That's Kinda Chronological. I left out a lot of winners in this list. Feel free to add, the html is "<img src"hyperlink"/>"

  10. I can't pick just one, but here (in no particular order) are a few of my faves:
    <img src="http://images18.fotki.com/v87/photos/5/54765/1111142/AudiIMSAGTO1-vi.jpg&quot; width="600" height="392" />
    <img src="http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/355056.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" />
    <img src="http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/files/articles/future04speed_c485x330.jpg&quot; width="485" height="330" />
    <img src="http://www.allpar.com/corporate/bios/photos/indy-special.jpg&quot; width="506" height="296" />
    <img src="http://cdn1.ioffer.com/img/item/141/140/96/gDDY7KJaEkt4Pno.jpg&quot; width="510" height="250" />

  11. In no particular order:
    1) 1952 Cummins Diesel Indycar
    2) 1989 Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO
    3) 1989-90 Ferrari 641
    4) 1966 Chaparral 2E
    5) 1986-88 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe
    6) 1970 Porsche 917L
    7) 1991 Penske-Chevrolet PC19
    8) 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
    9) 1977 Holden Torana SS A9X
    10) 1956 Lancia-Ferrari D50

  12. Good God! This is harder than yesterday. I will just go with what we will call:
    A Sorta Top Ten Porsche Race Car List (that excludes the 935, 959 and 956/962 since they have already been mentioned), That's Kinda Chronological:
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1954-550&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1959-718rs60&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1962-804formel1&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.svra.com/SVRA/photogal.nsf/plinks/PHOR-64VTKC/$File/PHOR-64VTKC.jpg"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1973-911carrerarsr&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1986-944turbocup&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1993-986turbors&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racinghistory-1998-911gt198&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.porsche.com/filestore.aspx/normal.jpg?pool=germany&type=image&id=racingcars-rsspyder-xle&lang=none&filetype=normal"/&gt;
    <img src="http://image.eurotuner.com/f/16649213+w750+st0/eurp_0906_01_z+porsche_24_hours_of_le_mans+flying_lizard_911_gt3_rsr.jpg"/&gt;

  13. I can't pick just one, but here (in no particular order) are a few of my faves:
    <img src="http://images18.fotki.com/v87/photos/5/54765/1111142/AudiIMSAGTO1-vi.jpg&quot; height="392" width="600">
    <img src="http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/355056.jpg&quot; height="375" width="500">
    <img src="http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/files/articles/future04speed_c485x330.jpg&quot; height="330" width="485">
    <img src="http://www.allpar.com/corporate/bios/photos/indy-special.jpg&quot; height="296" width="506">
    <img src="http://cdn1.ioffer.com/img/item/141/140/96/gDDY7KJaEkt4Pno.jpg&quot; height="250" width="510">

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