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Race Car Types
Open-wheel – Cars where the wheels sit outside the main body of the car. They differ from sports cars and touring cars, where wheels are underneath the body or fenders. These race cars usually have only one seat – Formula 1 cars, IndyCars or Formula 1600s are all examples of open-wheel race cars.
Sports car – The most common type of a race car. Made by manufacturers throughout the world. Sports cars feature high speed, excellent handling and emphasize the thrill of driving. The definition of a sports car has evolved over the last century, but traditionally it features either front or mid-mounted engines with rear-wheel drive. However, since the 1990s, all-wheel drive is now common among sports cars. The Porsche 911 is one of the only sports cars with a rear-mounted engine.
Cup car – A factory-built race car by Porsche’s motorsport arm. This type of race car competes in Porsche Cup Car series across the world. These race cars are very popular as they usually come race-ready from the factory and have exceptional reliability.
Specialized race cars
Touring car – A touring car is usually a heavily-modified road car used in touring car race series worldwide. The body is strengthened for bumping and minor contact during racing. Touring cars race in either sprint or endurance races (anywhere between 2.5 and 24 hours). They usually consist of a standard body with heavy modifications on most components. They can be front, rear or four-wheel drive. Touring cars are normally based on family cars, such as sedans and estates.
GT race cars – A grand tourer (GT) is a type of race car that combines high-speed performance and long-distance racing, with ultimate comfort. The most common type of GT race car is the front-engine, rear-wheel drive format. It usually consists of two seats and room for luggage. A GT car cruises at high speed over long distances, combining comfort and luxury with high performance. GT cars are not as crude as sports cars in terms of specifications.
Prototype car – A purpose-built race car type not road-legal or intended for customer purchase. Designed to compete at the very highest levels of motor racing, usually endurance races such as Le Mans 24 Hours. Pure racing machines solely designed to perform and win.
Stock car – Similar type to a touring car. Mass-produced (‘stock’) models heavily modified to compete in stock car racing series such as NASCAR. High speed, high performance, high modification.
Rally car – A heavily-modified road car designed to race at maximum speed across point-to-point rally courses. Rally cars race on a mixture of surfaces including asphalt, dirt and snow. Exceptionally quick type of race car with acute handling.
Classic and Vintage Cars
Classic car – There is often confusion over what defines a classic car. Many definitions vary. However, generally any vehicle that is 20 years old or older is considered classic. Several classic car clubs and organizations such as the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) have their own lists of models that are considered ‘classic’ vehicles.
Vintage car – Like classic cars, there are many varying definitions for what constitutes a vintage car. Generally, these are cars made between 1919 and 1930. Vintage cars are often rare, highly-valuable cars bought by collectors.