9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The Circuit

9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The Circuit

If a few weeks ago we were talking about  12 dreamy sports that borrowed their motors generalist models , today we go to the opposite pole to tell you 9 models of street whose engines were originally designed to raze the circuits . All of them are known models, great sports that marked our history and that, unfortunately, we rarely see circulate on our roads.

Some of them could even be said to be collector’s jewels , models that currently spend more time in the garage of their lucky owners than rolling on the track, with prices in the second-hand market that reach exorbitant figures and whose available units we could well Count on eyedroppers.


Here is an interesting list, but proposals are accepted to see if we can complete it!

9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The CircuitFerrari F50

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Italian brand, Ferrari manufactured between 1995 and 1997 a supercar that he called F50. Of this impressive model only 349 units were manufactured and only people who had previously owned two other models of the brand could be acquired, so you can imagine the exclusivity that was enjoyed.

This incredible vehicle was built in carbon fiber and aluminum  and, along with the Ferrari F40, is one of those models that marked a before and after in the brand of Cavallino Rampante.  Its breakthrough aesthetic was accompanied by a powerful block V12 derived from the very same Formula 1 car that brought glory to Alain Prost.

Ferrari F50

Also used for the prototype 333 SP, this block was characterized by having a displacement of 4,700 cubic centimeters and 520 CV,  being directly screwed to the structure – as in an F1- and enjoying a manual gearbox that passed the force only To the rear wheels. A real work of art.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder represents the essence of the Porsche philosophy: it combines an engine with competition technology with an excellent daily use ability and maximum performance coupled with a minimum consumption. It is a true supercar that has been designed around its hybrid mechanics, but we were surprised some time ago with three calls to review. Even so, this model demonstrates the potential of hybrid technology to a point never seen, while improving efficiency and performance.

Under the hood has a mechanic that combines a gasoline V8 engine located between the seats and the rear axle with a displacement of 4,593 cm³ and a power of 608 horses, but in fact this was originally designed for the Porsche RS Spyder, a vehicle Of endurance races built by the German manufacturer in 2005 to compete in the Le Mans Protoype 2 (LMP2) category.

9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The CircuitPorsche 918 Spyder

To that powerful propulsor must be added two other electric, capable of delivering 156 and 126 hp. From Stuttgart it was pointed out that using all the engines you get a combined power of 887 hp and a pair of 800 Nm with an average consumption of only 3 Liters / 100km, provided we use all the energy available in the batteries. With all that power the model is able to reach 100 km / h starting from stopped in only 3.2 seconds, although some conform to less powerful replicas.

BMW M1, M5 (E28, E34), M6 (E24)

The BMW 3.0 CSL was the first product to come out of the newly created BMW Motorsport  sporting subsidiary in 1973, showing for the first time to the world the characteristic red, blue and purple colors associated with the sportier BMWs. Considered as the father of all subsequent “M” models, its engine (known internally as M49) served as a basis for developing the mechanics of the first street car of the Bavarian sports division, the legendary BMW M1.

9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The CircuitBMW M1-M5

This jewel on wheels was the first and only production BMW to have a rear central engine, and under the hood used an inline six-cylinder M88 engine with double overhead camshaft displacing 3.5 liters, being equipped with injection of Kugelfischer gasoline. A version of it would later also be used in the South African version of the BMW 745i, as well as in the BMW M6 / M635CSi and BMW M5.

This engine had six intake valves, four valves per cylinder and a power of 204 kW (273 hp) in the street version, reaching a top speed of 260 km / h.

All models have their moment. Some arrive with more noise than they do when they leave; others get to keep it latent even after ceasing its manufacture. Few, the less, manage to maintain unalterable personality that gave them value, even in successive generations of the model, but almost none leave the mark of models like the Jaguar XJ220, a sport that started something that the brand has never intended to re-materialize.

Jaguar XJ200

The prototype car was presented at the Motor Show Birmingham in 1988 with brilliant pretensions. It counted on integral traction, active suspension, mobile spoiler, doors of scissor opening … Its success was such that in the same Hall were sold all the units planned, about 350 , and that there were still 18 months for the car to leave the sale.

Although the image of the car makes one think of a V12 almost without noticing other possibilities, the reality is quite different, since before the impossibility to incorporate under the hood the powerful block V12 of the Jaguar XJR-9 winner in Le Mans, the engineers of The British company opted for a  “only” 3.5-liter V6 engine and two turbos – based on that of the group B Metro 6R4 rally car – which developed 550 hp at 7,200 rpm and yielded a torque of 645 Nm at 4,500 rpm .

9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The CircuitPorsche Carrera GT

In 2003, Porsche began manufacturing a super-sports roadster-type rear-wheel-drive sports car with a rear-wheel drive limited to 1,270 units in Leipzig. The idea was clear: to create an athlete of wide, low, light and powerful circuit, being born thus the Porsche Carrera GT. This model sought to offer a reinterpretation of existing features and the use of design elements never seen before, while maintaining a convincing resemblance to the design of Porsche production cars.

Porsche Carrera GT

What not everyone knows is that the ten-cylinder power unit located behind the Carrera GT’s cab was based on a standard 3.5-liter aspiration engine that has its roots in a unit developed secretly by Porsche for the team Of Formula 1 Footwork in 1990.  Before the failure of the project, the Germans returned to the load again developing the engine with a displacement of 5.5 liters for a program of LMP1 that, finally, also was dismissed to finance the development of so controversial Cayenne.

Everything was pointing to the end of this propeller, but the surprise success of the Cayenne made Porsche will have enough liquidity to develop a model capable of making history. Thus, the project managers rescued the powerful engine again and thanks to a further increase in capacity, the Carrera GT hit the market with a  5.7-liter V10 engine  in which Porsche engineers in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen reached a maximum power Of 450 kW (612 hp) at 8,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 590 Nm at 5,750 rpm.

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BMW M3 (E30)

I think almost everyone will agree that the BMW M3 E30 is the best M3 that has come out of the BMW Motorsport GmbH factory. His birth was mainly due to rivalry with Mercedes-Benz, who planned to launch a more powerful version of the 190E. That was when Eberhard Von Kuemheim, president of BMW at the time, commissioned the Bavarian sports division to develop a much more efficient variant of its vulnerable saloon, the BMW 3 Series.

9 Sports Cars Whose Engines Were Originally Designed To Sweep The CircuitBMW M3 E30

The curious thing is that instead of using a block of six cylinders, BMW M chose to develop a new inline four-cylinder engine based on M12 engines of Formula 1 and M88 of the M1, M5 and M6. This propeller, baptized as S14, had a displacement of 2.3 liters , an architecture of double camshaft in head with 16 valves and change Getrag 265/5 Sport (the 1ª towards back), developing in his first version 195 CB .

Subsequently saw the light numerous special editions, being the most outstanding of them the BMW M3 Sport Evolution that supposed the closing of the generation. This was the top of the BMW M3 and only reached the market 600 units, all with the inline four-cylinder engine extended to 2,500 cc and a power of 175 kW / 238 hp , which means that it was 22 percent More powerful than the standard BMW M3.

The Porsche 996 was manufactured between 1997 and 2005 and was a turning point in the history of 911 . It retained the character of its classic heritage, but it was a brand new car. Something similar happened in July 2004, when Porsche unveiled the new generation of the 911 models, known internally as the 997. Transparent oval headlamps, with separate indicators on the front skirt, were a visual return to the old 911, but the 997 Offered much more than style.

Porsche 911 GT3

With the 996 Porsche launched an unprecedented product offensive, with a whole series of new variants. Among them was the 911 GT3, which became one of the stars of the range in 1999 and kept alive the tradition of the Carrera RS thanks to its water – cooled boxer motor – the first to incorporate this technology.

With its four-valve cylinder heads per cylinder, this turbocharged six-cylinder based on the Mezger -well-known by its designer, Hans Mezger-of the 911 GT1 and 962 Le Mans achieved 300 horsepower and opened new roads in terms of reduction Emissions, noise and fuel consumption. Unfortunately, this engine died with the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

The 1969 Camaro ZL1 is probably one of the most legendary sports cars in the history of muscle car manufactured by General Motors. Far from what many people think, this model was not an edition limited to 69 units, but an optional of 4,160 dollars that improved the technical quality of the Camaro of series.

And is that the decade of the sixties brought with it the prohibition of using any motor of more than 6.555 cubic centimeters in models that were not the Corvette or cars of great dimensions, as stipulated by the Association of Manufacturers of Automobiles, but Vince Piggins – A Chevrolet employee – found a legal vacuum in the setup and created the ZL1 based on the Camaro SS 396. It featured F41 synchronized suspensions, front discs, intake corrugations and an exclusive 6,977cc aluminum V8 block under the hood.

This engine was so special because it weighed the same as a small engine, allowing a surprising handling of the Camaro ZL1 and developing a total power of 500 hp at 5,200 turns and 610 Nm of torque . Unfortunately, to date there are no more than twenty vehicles, as their success was reduced. In addition, more than 30 units of the Camaro ZL1 were withdrawn by Chevrolet in view of the impossibility of selling them, making the few that survive to reach prices of up to 250,000 euros .

The Porsche 356 was the first car manufactured in series by Porsche between 1948 and 1965 . This sporty curious work of Ferry Porsche, son and heir of the great Ferdinand Porsche, outfitting a rear engine mounted on a chassis derived from Volkswagen, hence its similarities with the ‘Beetle’. Today we talk about the German brand synonymous with precision, performance, purity and perfection, and the truth is that the 356 is the first chapter of this story.

The original Porsche 356 only had a power of 40 horses at 4,000 rpm and was available in coupe and roadster bodies, but in 1955 would be born a legend, the Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 Speedster , the highest in the range. This model was thought for the American market and would soon be among the favorites by pilots around the world thanks to the incorporation of  the Dr. Ernst Fuhrman 547/1 four cylinder engine and 1,498 cubic centimeters that developed no less than 100 HP , a figure Considerable for the time. To date, some units even reach a million euros in auctions.

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