Top 5 Race Cars of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Mike Schlee
by Mike Schlee

A lot of brand new vehicles have been introduced this week at the North American International Auto Show, but a few racecars have slipped through the front entrance as well.

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Covering virtually all forms of motorsports, F1 cars, prototypes, GT racers and off-road cars were all present and accounted for. Although some serious machines are in attendance in Detroit, the following five stand out as something a little extra special, whether it be they are all-new, completely crazy or both.

Toyota entered the big leagues of NHRA drag racing a while ago now, but the image of an 8,000 hp Camry spitting flames out of either side makes us laugh like a College student in Colorado.

Acura has a long history in the World Challenge racing series, so with the introduction of the new mid-size TLX means an all-new racecar must also come forth. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 powering all four wheels, the TLX GT is poised to enter the top level GT class and clash with Ferraris and Porsches this year.

With an all-new F-150 just introduced, Ford has been hard at work testing its mettle. Using a new aluminum body stickered to look like the 2014 F-150, the Baja race truck competed using the new 2.7 liter ecoboost V6 engine.

Mazda’s newest prototype racecar is set to battle in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the LMP2 class. Powered by over 450 hp from a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine, the new race car carries more than a few styling cues from the legendary 787B

Chevrolet has pretty much had its way in various GT classes of ALMS for over a decade now. In hopes to continue this trend, the all-new Corvette C7.R has just been introduced. It looks as ferocious as the car it is based on; the new 2015 Corvette Z06.

Mike Schlee
Mike Schlee

A 20+ year industry veteran, Mike rejoins the AutoGuide team as the Managing Editor. He started his career at a young age working at dealerships, car rentals, and used car advertisers. He then found his true passion, automotive writing. After contributing to multiple websites for several years, he spent the next six years working at the head office of an automotive OEM, before returning back to the field he loves. He is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). He's the recipient of a feature writing of the year award and multiple video of the year awards.

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