Top 6 Production Racecars Money Can Buy Right Now

Alex Kozovski
by Alex Kozovski

For super speed enthusiasts, the standard, everyday car just doesn’t cut it.

Drivers who take racing seriously should opt for GT versions of their favorite models to meet that need. Car companies have responded to the demand for GTs, and now a lot of high-end automakers offer GT versions to customers who are chasing lap times. With an embarrassment of production racecars to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to our six favourites.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The 911 GT3 isn’t a new model – it’s been here since 1999 in various forms, racing in big-time events such as the American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. This latest version, the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, made its debut in 2015 and has unrivaled performance.

The GT3 RS has a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds due to the V6 engine, along with 500 hp. Being a high-end performance racer, higher driving dynamics are driven by specially developed PDK transmission, rear-axle steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and the widest tires of any 911 model.

Technology is advanced further if hardcore drivers spring for the Sports Chrono Package. Integrated timers and a Track Precision app highlight the package; the app automatically measures times via GPS and logs data about driving parameters to a smartphone. Don’t forget to show off your impossible speeds to jealous friends!

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo

Lambo’s Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo was unveiled two years ago, just in time for all three of the automaker’s Super Trofeo Series races. Progressing from the original Huracan, the LP 620-2 rocks a V10 direct-injection engine that delivers 620 hp.

Besides that menacing V10, the performance Huracan includes Pirelli tires, Brembo Racing brakes, a lightweight roll cage, and a humongous rear wing with 10 settings. Electronics in the car have been revamped and optimized specifically for racing. Additionally, the Bosch Motorsport ABS system has 12 unique settings for any sort of weather or track conditions.

To start your racing career in the LP 620-2, it’ll cost you $325,000.

Ferrari 488 GT3 and GTE

The 488 GT3 and GTE are the new racing models of the original 488 GTB from Ferrari. The inaugural model is an award-winning car for being at the top of its class, so it’s no surprise at the quality – and performance – of the GT3/GTE.

No specific numbers have been released, but we do know both models house the same twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the GTB. They output 660 hp apiece. The cars have competed in a few races already, but aren’t officially for sale just yet. The 488 GTB starts at around $275,000, so expect the racier models to be more than that.

McLaren 650S GT3

The resume of McLaren’s 650S GT3 is almost as impressive as the supercar itself. It dominated the international scene, capturing victories in each of the four continents it raced in.

Continuing to build on the original GT3, with better aerodynamics, safety, and lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork. The heart of the GT3 is upgraded as well, with a V8 twin-turbo engine, and the redesigned roll cage offers more head and legroom for comfortable racing. The limited-edition 650S GT3 is priced at around $370,600.

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Aston Martin Vantage GT8

Aston Martin is more known for luxury than speed, but they decided to give their customers a chance to experience a real racer. That inspired the Vantage GT8, the lightest Vantage ever produced, in large part due to the carbon fiber upgrades throughout. And not only is it the lightest Vantage ever, but it’s also the most powerful – it all comes from the 4.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift transmission.

Despite all the racing upgrades, the GT8 keeps the options for comforting driving off the track as well, like air conditioning and an infotainment system.

The limited racer Vantage will only have 150 examples and goes for $240,000.

Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes didn’t have to do as much innovation for their GT3 racer. The GT sports car has ideal racing proportions and weight distribution, so they only had to make a few adjustments to the GT base. Largely made of lightweight carbon fiber, the GT3 has an attitude that matches its performance; the “shark nose” and new “Panamericana” radiator grille gives it an edgy aesthetic.

It’s easy to keep track of racing diagnostics with the digital display unit – information on lap times, operating temperatures, and engine speed is readily available. We’re still waiting on performance specs on what the 6.3-liter V8 engine can do.

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