10 legendary racing cars that make history
Audi 200 Quattro opposed cars with a large engine capacity, more cylinders and more power. At first glance, she had no chance, but there was four-wheel drive. In 1988, Audi completely crushed Trans-Am races, and in 1989 they even had to change the rules to protect it from participation.
Audi Sport Quattro performed wonderfully in the rally due to the same all-wheel drive even before the dominance of the Trans-Am. For generations, Quattro have won rally after rally, culminating in the Sport Quattro S1 E2.
Ford GT40. When Ford decided to oppose Ferrari with its new car, it seemed simply ridiculous ... but only at first glance. Ferrari won Le Mans in the 1960s for six consecutive years, but the Ford GT40 managed to snatch victory in the next four years.
Lancia Stratos HF. Until the 1970s, rally cars were not specifically designed. Conventional models were taken and modified for racing conditions. In the case of Lancia Stratos, the changes were incredibly successful, this car won 18 WRC races, including once taking first place for three consecutive years.
Lotus 79. For racing fans, this may sound crazy, but before the advent of Lotus 78, Formula 1 cars did not use the ground effect. Lotus 79 developed the ideas of its predecessor, becoming the first racing car to use one hundred percent ground effect. In 1978, this meant his complete invincibility, making it easy to take the WCC Cup.
Mazda 787B Mazda are known for their love of rotary engines, so it is not surprising that they installed one of them on their race car. Thanks to this, in 1991 the Mazda 787B became the only Japanese car to win 24 hours of Le Mans. And also the only car to do this with a rotational engine.
McLaren MP4 / 4 - when it comes to invincible racing cars, it's impossible to forget about this model. In 1988, when Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were behind the wheel, MP4 / 4 invariably took first places. Of the 16 races, this car won 15, and Senna even won in four races in a row.
Porsche 917 at one time became famous for its absolutely incredible speed, reaching 386 km / h, which allowed her to win Le Mans in 1970, and then in 1971. The same model participated in the filming of Le Mans with Steve McQueen.
The Porsche 962 was one of the most successful race cars in the mid-1980s. In 1985 and 1986 she won the WSC, in 1986 and 1987 - 24 hours Le Mans, from 1985 to 1988 - IMSA GT. Modified model 962 was able to conquer Le Mans, even in 1994.
Tyrrell P34 became famous for winning a single race, the Swedish Grand Prix in 1976, and for third place. This six-wheeled car was remembered for its incredibly bold design. In theory, the small front wheels were supposed to reduce the drag of the large front wheels, and this partially worked. But after the 1977 season, the P34 decided not to develop.