Crazy cars that went from race track to road – in pictures


Ford GT (2017)

Ford GT (2017): The new Ford GT was conceived by the firm as a vehicle that could win the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To meet the rules of the class, that meant building a road car version. And what a road car – a £420,000, 647bhp technical marvel.

The stunning Ford GT is a road-going version of a race car. Check out some of the other mighty ‘homologation specials’ that hit the road

As Matt Prior detailed in his in-depth review, the new Ford GT was conceived by the firm as a vehicle that could win the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To meet the rules of the class, that meant building a road car version.

And what a road car – a £420,000, 647bhp technical marvel, as you can see in this video.

Of course, the Ford GT is not the first race car to be turned into a road car in a bid to outfox the rulemakers. Far from it: as long as there have been race or rally categories that are supposedly for race-tuned versions of road cars, manufacturers have tried to gain a competitive edge by producing all sorts of ‘homologation specials’ – effectively racing cars that are reverse-engineered into road-legal examples.

These include outlandish GT cars based on the likes of the Porsche 911 GT1 and BMW M3 GTR. Track-based touring cars include the Alfa Romeo 155 Silverstone and Ford Sierra RS Cosworth. And there are homologation rally specials such as the Peugeot 206 GT and the mighty Ford Escort Cosworth.

We’ve picked out some of our favourites – check them out in the gallery above. And let us know your favourite homologation specials in the comments below!

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Source:: Autocar