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Sports car manufacturers can only go so far when tweaking the performance of their street-legal vehicles. Countless regulatory guidelines and restrictions must be adhered to, and it can create a big headache for carmakers seeking to squeeze the last ounce of performance from their vehicles.

That is where track-only cars come in handy. They are not bound by most of the rules that govern the development of road-going cars, and automakers have the freedom to exploit their engineering expertise.

Track-only cars also serve as valuable testbeds for new technology that may eventually find their way into their road-going counterparts. They are primarily produced in very limited quantities, and it’s not unusual for them to be sold on an invite-only basis.

Here, we shine the spotlight on some of the extreme track-only machines that have emerged over the years. The list focuses on cars that exist in production form, and that’s why automotive engineering marvels like the Bugatti Bolide and Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro are not featured.

Track-Only Monster #10: McLaren Senna GTR

McLaren Senna GTR on race track

McLaren Senna GTR on race track
Image Source: DuPont Registry.

The McLaren Senna is about as extreme as it gets in terms of hypercar performance. Still, this wasn’t enough for the lads at the Woking Plant, where the cars are assembled, so they came up with an even more hardcore variant—the Senna GTR.

It is built around the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that powers the road-going version, but now, it’s been tweaked to produce 814-hp, up from 789-hp. Then there’s that humongous rear wing, easily the hypercar’s most distinguishable feature.

Together with other aerodynamic elements, that spoiler helps the Senna GTR generate up to 2,200 pounds at 155 mph, keeping the car planted to the tracks as it whips around twisty turns and hurtles down long straights.

Track-Only Monster #9: Pagani Zonda Revolucion

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Pagani-Zonda-Revolucion
Image Source: Top Speed

There are no less than forty Zonda variants out there today (inclusive of the numerous ‘one-off’ commissions), but the Zonda Revolucion (not to be confused with the Zonda R) has to be one of the wildest. Little wonder then that it is not allowed on public roads.

At its heart lies a formidable AMG-derived V12 that cranks out 800-hp and more than 550 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power for a car that weighs less than a Mazda Miata.

The hypercar is a technological masterpiece with innovations such as a Formula One-inspired Drag Reduction System (DRS) for the wing. The Zonda Revolucion was first revealed in 2013 and had a limited run of only five units, each priced at about $2.8 million.

Track-Only Monster #8: Ferrari FXX K Evo

Ferrari FXX K Evo

Ferrari FXX K Evo
Image Source: Top Gear

The FXX K Evo unlocks a level of Ferrari ownership experience that only a few people ever get to enjoy. Each of the uber-exclusive hypercar costs north of $2 million but being able to afford one does not automatically mean an allocation.

First, you have to be a member of the exclusive Ferrari Corse Clienti Racing Program before you are considered, and even then, it’s not a guarantee. However, the chosen few who get the privilege to drive the FXX K Evo experience a level of Ferrari’s engineering brilliance that’s unmatched.

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By: Tolu Akinshete
Title: 10 Track-only Monsters that Stretch the Boundaries of Automotive Technology
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/10-track-only-monsters-that-stretch-the-boundaries-of-automotive-technology/
Published Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 07:09:37 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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