Sports motoring has witnessed massive car designs from various manufacturers over time, with the primary focus hinged on power, endurance, and speed. However, other factors came into play too, with beautiful designs taking over. Some of the cars featured below were devastatingly effective on the racetracks during their respective eras, but they could as well be remembered for how stunning they are.
The 1960s were famous for the bare-bones Formula 1 cars, while wheel arches took over later in the 80s. The 90s gave us open-topped prototypes that dominated into the early 2000s. Here is a robust collection of 7 of the world’s most beautiful racing cars in the history of the sport.
#1. Ford Capri Zakspeed – This racing car embodies sports motoring in the 1980s. Famous for its huge wings and flared wheel arches, the UK/Germany-manufactured touring car-dominated several racing series across Europe, but the 1981 German Racing Championship win remains the most famous accomplishment under Klaus Ludwig.
#2. Maserati MC12 Versione Corse – After a 37-year hiatus, Maserati returned to the racing scene in style. This endurance car from Italy was built on a Ferrari Enzo chassis, but its success on the tracks was second to none then. It won the famous FIA GT Championship among several other races under multiple racing teams and drivers. Overall, in the 94 races it participated in, it won more than 40.
#3. Lotus 79 – When a bright black and gold Lotus 79 featured in the Formula 1 World Championship in 1978, it was the gorgeous colours, and the beautiful make that drew the fans, first. American Mario Andretti was behind the wheels and would go on to win the championship. It was the first F1 car in history to utilize ground-effect aerodynamics fully.
#4. Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 – The Italian sports racer was featured in a championship race for the first time in the 1970s, after a delayed development process that had commenced in the mid-1960s. However, a Tipo 33/2 was entered and featured in the 1968 Daytona endurance challenge.
#5. Eagle T1G – The elegant Eagle T1G from the USA may have secured only one victory in its competition history, but it remains one of the most stunning racing cars ever to grace the tracks. It won the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix driven by Dan Gurney.
#6. Porsche 904 – The Grand tourer from Germany was hailed as a combination of elegance and speed during its time. In the early 1960s, Porsche withdrew from Formula 1 to focus more on sports car racing. The idea behind the development of the 904 was to make it eligible for various European racing series, with the Nurburgring 1,000 km race of 1964 the most notable.
#7. Ferrari 330 P4 – There were only four of these sports racing prototypes ever to be manufactured, making it a rare spectacle from the Italian maker. Owned by Lawrence Stroll, a Canadian billionaire, the P4 won the first three slots in the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans before its dominance was ended by the Ford GT40.