Road-legal track cars are rare commodities, especially in Asian countries due to the many restrictions that come with it. But if one can look past its restrictions, some of these cars are capable of satisfying your inner speed demon needs. Built for the tarmac, these cars are made to break the rules while still looking sleek and stylish from all corners.
But what is it about these cars that makes it so desirable? For one, most of these road-legal cars made for the track are built in small quantities, making it a lot rarer than your average build. And of course, these cars come with unadulterated speed and performance, giving you the chance to live out your dreams as a racer.
Here are five of the best road-legal track cars that you can get your hands on now.
The latest addition into the McLaren Ultimate Series, the Senna takes over from both the McLaren F1 and P1 but it isn’t a direct successor to both supercars. Unveiled during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it comes with all the frills of a road-legal track car due to its lightweight design and aerodynamic elements. The name pays tribute to former Formula One racer Ayrton Senna, who won three Formula One World Driver’s Championship as well as 35 Formula One Grand Prix with the McLaren Formula One Team.
The McLaren Senna is largely based on the McLaren 720S, utilising a modified of its carbon fibre monocoque and engine. The Senna houses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 M840TR with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This allows the car to have up to 789hp and 800Nm of torque, capable of hitting 0-100kph in just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 340kph.
Being one of the very few American-made cars capable of making the list, the Ford GT carries significant history being a four-time consecutive winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the late 1960s. Now in its second generation, the latest Ford GT is a direct successor from its first successful stint.
Debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the redesigned Ford GT is powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 engine, capable of putting out 647hp and 746Nm of torque. Due to its lightweight carbon fibre construction, the Ford GT can accelerate from 0-100kph in just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 348kph.
BMW M2 Competition
The BMW M2 Competition replaces the standard M2 Coupé, giving way to a much bigger and bad-ass compatriot. Keeping in line with the entire BMW M package, the M2 Competition is a sleek two-door coupé capable of giving many other road-legal track cars a run for its money. It’s the latest addition in the long line of BMW M2’s to burst onto the scene, especially with the full BMW M perks.
To start off, BMW upgrades the engine within the M2 Competition with a single scroll twin-turbocharged engine with a carbon fibre strut brace. This falls in line with the BMW M3 and M4 as well, allowing the M2 Competition to keep up with its older siblings. This engine upgrade also means the M2 Competition has an increased power output of 405hp and 550Nm of torque. The car also comes with two gearbox options – either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M DCT. The M2 Competition also improves its 0-100kph timing at just 4.4 seconds.
If you’re looking for something a little more debonair, the BAC Mono is just the car for you. This single-seater road-legal track car was produced back in 2011 by the Briggs Automotive Company in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Utilising carbon fibre composite construction over a steel chassis, weight-distribution in the BAC Mono focuses on maintaining a low centre of gravity. Each vehicle is custom-built to meet the purchaser’s exact body shape. From the size of the seat to its steering wheel position and even its pedal reach, these are modified to suit the individual’s ergonomic requirements.
Under the hood of the BAC Mono sits a 2.5-litre Cosworth Duratec engine with 305hp of power output and 308Nm of torque. Its six-speed sequential semi-automatic gearbox runs of Formula Three specifications, allowing complete gearshifts in just 35 milliseconds. At top speed, the BAC Mono hits 273kph while managing its 0-100kph run in only 2.8 seconds.
The KTM X-Bow is an ultra-light sports car that is capable of being used on the track and on the road. The brainchild of Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM AG, the KTM X-Bow was launched at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, making it a decade old and yet still one the better pocket-rocket mid-engine cars. Pronounced as KTM Crossbow, it was developed in collaboration alongside Audi, Kiska Design, and Dallara.
It carries a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Audi engine that is tuned to produce 300hp and 400Nm of torque. This gives it a top speed of 217kph while doing 0-100 under 4 seconds. Being an open-pod two-seater car, the KTM X-Bow breaks barriers in terms of its design, featuring a more futuristic look to its road-legal track car.