A racecar named desire.
As much as we yearn for the golden age of motorsport from yesteryear we still have to admit that modern racing is still pretty badass. Sure the power numbers aren't as insane and there is less factory involvement but watching a McLaren 650S do battle with a Lamborghini Huracan in full aero kit is pretty spectacular. With the amount of crazy road cars circulating around we thought why not add to the pool of aero-clad supercars battling it out on the premier circuits of the world. These are the cars we'd most like to see hit a track ASAP.
Using the thing between our ears we fantasized about a rival to the P1 GTR, Vulcan, and FXX K from Porsche. The 918 Spyder is one of the mightiest in the holy trinity. It merely lacks a hardcore variant. The perfect template would be the 918 RSR concept from 2013. Sharing the 3.4-liter V8 from the RS Spyder the 918 RSR was alleged to put down a combined 757 horsepower at 10,300 rpm. That simply won't do. So retaining the 4.6-liter V8 is a must. Borrowing tech from the Le Mans winning 919, our 918 RSR would put out horsepower in the quad digits and shed as much weight as possible from its 3,620-lb curb weight. We can only dream of what a hardcore 918 would be like but we certainly want to find out.
Following in its predecessors footsteps, we'd love to see a V12 Lamborghini once again sporting the R-SV insignia at the end of it's name. Reiter Engineering prepared and competed with the Murcielago in the short lived FIA GT1 series so we think it's time for the Aventador to bloody its horns on the grid. The Huracan GT3 already occupies most racing series so we figured a hyper track Lambo ready to take down the Aston Martin Vulcan and Zonda Revolucion is worth the investment. Packing an 820-horsepower 6.5-liter V12, this bull would feature some massive aero. A massive rear diffuser and some canards mounted up front should keep it in check. In a bid to save weight we'd ditch the AWD system and maybe even toss in three pedals.
We've been itching for a front-engine V12 Ferrari racing variant for a while. For now we can only envision an F12XX. Much like the 599XX EVO it would feature substantial upgrades to the 6.3-liter V12 bringing power well above 800 horses. The screaming V12 would be fitted to a seven-speed sequential gearbox. What we'd love to see is some KERS technology trickling down from the FXX K and giving the F12XX some added grunt. It would also coincide with Ferrari's recent announcement that future front-engine GT models will feature hybrid components. The Virtual Short Wheel Base (rear-wheel-steering) from the F12 TDF would bring the Italian monster some unparalleled agility. We'd love to see it side by side with the Vulcan one day.
An all-German supercar battle on the Nurburgring, that is truly what dreams are made of. It somewhat is a reality with BMW unveiling its newest racing contender, the M6 GT3. But that car in factory form is more of a grand cruiser no matter how fast it is. What we truly want to see is BMW campaigning the i8. We recently wrote up what our vision for that car would be. Here's a quick summary. It would ditch the three-cylinder engine and make do with a bespoke turbo-four. That engine would feature BMW's experimental electric turbo's and also couple with one serious electric powertrain. The i8 GT3 would be a technological showcase for the next generation of racers. Though we still wouldn't be upset if it had the V8 from the M6.
This is the odd one out. It is purely speculative and fantasy. A racing version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Why? Well, seeing the behemoth Rolls chasing down a Continental GT3 around Silverstone is certainly a wet dream of any bourgeois Englishman. Two Goliaths battling it out and breaking all manor of physics rules as they hustle around a track would be epic. The Wraith would feature an updated version of its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 and would need one hell of a diet. At 5,380 lbs we think Rolls should spare no expense with the usage of carbon fiber. Our top picks probably differ from yours, so we'd love to hear from you. What modern car do you want to see duking it out on the circuit?