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Old 01-22-2013, 06:26 PM   #26
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Caterham 7 CSR260.

Hell, any Caterham will do for me.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:42 PM   #27
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i can't really name a single favorite road legal car b/c i could never narrow it down to one. i feel like the term "favorite" is too generic b/c i could love two cars equally as much, but for completely different reasons. that said, i suppose i do have a few favorites that specifically fall into the "most outrageous cars on the road" category.

recall that many GT racing series require that a minimum number of road-going production cars must be produced in order for that particular model to compete in the series. most models entered in these series are first built on massive production lines and then sold to race teams. but a handful of models had no production line whatsoever, and so they became homologation specials...that is, a minimum number of road-going cars were built specifically to allow that model to compete in their respective GT series . here are some of those cars...

Toyota GT One Road Car:



Nissan R390 Road Car:



Porsche 911 (996) GT1:



Mercedes Benz CLK GTR:




...most other sports cars are just sports cars built for the road (think Carrera, Elise, etc.), or perhaps even the track (think GT3 RS, Exige, etc.)...these bad boys are the opposite - they're race cars built for the road.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #29
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:13 PM   #30
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I would say the Porsche 959 is tops on my list. It was road legal outside the US so it counts in my books.
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Mercedes Benz CLK GTR:




...most other sports cars are just sports cars built for the road (think Carrera, Elise, etc.), or perhaps even the track (think GT3 RS, Exige, etc.)...these bad boys are the opposite - they're race cars built for the road.
Mark Webber would like to have a few words with you about that car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kvDkNXLrn4
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:38 PM   #32
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Mark Webber would like to have a few words with you about that car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kvDkNXLrn4
i'm quite familiar w/ that footage...its also happened to another CLK GTR race car on a separate occasion, as well as to a 911 GT1 and a McLaren F1 at some point...and to think that Mark Webber is a good bit safer in his Red Bull Renault F1 car
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:02 AM   #33
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:40 AM   #34
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Porsche GT2 RS. Nothing else will do for me.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:27 AM   #35
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If I could have any car in the world - I might have to go for an R5 turbo.


It may not be able to keep up with even today's hot hatches, but I love the 80s hatchback look, modified into that insanely steroidal final body.
And of course, pedigree. The Delta Integrale HF is almost as cool.
If I wanted a Lancia, it would be the Stratos though. That's going to be number two on the list.

And a real outsider: Peugeot 405 Turbo 16.
Sadly not the real deal (front, not mid-engined), but still rare, and not the car you'd expect more than 200 horsepower in, with permanent 4WD.

A Ferrari 288 GTO would also be a fun race car to own, but maybe a bit brash. And it never really competed in Group B, so compared to a Delta, 037, Urquattro or 205 Turbo 16, it's a bit of a let down.

Oh, one more.

Alfa Romeo 8C.

It's so hard to pick definitive favourites, each one of these has their own advantages, be it rarity and style, historical background, engine, design, functionality.....
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:55 AM   #36
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1988 Toyota MR-2 Supercharged
Of all the cars I've driven or seen, an old weird looking Toyota from the 80's is the only car I consistently want to see in my dream garage.
I think it would look really nice sitting next to the second runner up, a McLaren F1
I had one in the 90s. With Swaybars it was amazing!
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Difficult choice. If I absolutely had to rank my top 5, they'd probably fall out like this:

(1) 1987 Ruf CTR ("Yellowbird")
(2) Ferrari F40
(3) Porsche 959
(4) Ferrari 512BB
(5) 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

Still, there are a lot of other cars out there that I'd love to own someday, like a 1968 Mustang SCJ Notchback, or a Ferrari 365 GTB/4, or a BMW 850CSi, or a Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight...

So many great cars, so little time and money.

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:20 AM   #37
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:44 AM   #38
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Certainly small. I'm 6' 2" and I sat in a base model Elise and it felt tight. A small bump and my head would hit the ceiling. I think it had a targa top so that brain damage could be avoided. On the plus side you don't have to worry about being knocked off it. Probably fun as hell to drive but I didn't get the opportunity. The owner told me that he found it needed more power and was thinking supercharger. Of course the car cruise we went on was mostly faster cars (Nissan 300Z/350Z's, turbo Supra putting down 430hp at the wheels, Boxster S, etc) and he was having trouble keeping up on the interstate.

I think I'd have to go with the 67 Shelby AC Cobra. Small, light, RWD car with a V8 up front and side pipes to make it rumble. No roof to worry about either. Some day I'm going to build one of those FFR kit cars. Probably the closest I'll come to driving one.
I feel your pain. I'm 6'2" but really long torsoed and short legged, so there are a bunch of really cool cars ( and planes ) that fall off the list.
I really have to test fit anything before I fall in
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:50 AM   #39
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Gumpert Apollo Enraged... It eats your Lotus as if it were a small chocolate bar in between races. For God sake it has enough downforce to drive upside down!

Awesome with great look really.
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has to be the GT-R

the price for performance is just
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watching reviews and such, the GT-R IMHO loses that driver's feel. I have not driven one, so maybe I am completely off base, but after the novelty of few launches I think the car wouldn't feel as special (fun) anymore.... relative to the 100k buck price tag.
The fun is when you step on the accelerator and then it feels like you're in the Matrix's bullet-time. Everyone else seems like they are standing still compared to you as you start weaving past them.

On the other hand, the GTR's interior is quite small given how much of a fat, bloated pig of a car it is. And the transmission feels and sounds very clunky. The car is also surprisingly low to the ground given how tall it rides and will scrape on two quarters stacked on top of each other. Heaven help you if you run into a concrete parking stop and crack the entire front spoiler. Even my Cayman S clears those things with room to spare.
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McClaren F1 because three seats in a super car (!) and also I think it's still the fastest production car ever, isn't it? The Veyron with its bullshit stop and fiddle around for a speed run doesn't count for me. Also 20 years later and the F1 is still superb.
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Well, the various Koenigseggs are faster too, and the Hennessy Venom as well, probably. (And several other even more marginal vehicles)

Also, top speed literally means nothing, outside of speed runs on airfields or on special tracks, so the Veyron is actually doing it right.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #44
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RX7 (FD), GT-R (R32).
But unless I win the lottery, I don't see myself owning something that exotic and hard to maintain. Got no interest in working on cars. A S2000 would be more realistic.
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I look at it more like the overall feel of the car. No debating the GT-R is a performer. Well beyond its price, but what good is that if the car is doing everything for you? I want driver aids to a point, but still want to have control and feel like I am still the one making the decisions. watching reviews and such, the GT-R IMHO loses that driver's feel. I have not driven one, so maybe I am completely off base, but after the novelty of few launches I think the car wouldn't feel as special (fun) anymore.... relative to the 100k buck price tag.

I contend with a 30k evo, you can have more fun. Heck with a 10k buck used miata you could have as much fun. It comes down to what you value the most
I'd like to consider myself a bit of a technophile, so that might push me more toward the GT-R, which has gadgets and gizmos out its wazoo! However, I would be more than happy with a R32 or a R34. Hell, I'd even accept a R33! Sure, I could have a lot of fun whipping just about any nimble car around a curve, but part of me just wants to drive Godzilla.
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RX7 (FD)...I don't see myself owning something that...hard to maintain.
Total misconception.
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