Road-going Le Mans racers – used car buying guide
On the back of This kind of year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, we take a closer look at all 5 ballistic road-going versions of the endurance racers of which could be well worth seeking out
Le Mans is actually surely one of the must-see spectacles of the motoring calendar. although what if you want to drive the cars you’ve seen battling their way around La Sarthe? Well, here are all 5 examples of which won’t break the bank (too much).
1 – Nissan GT-R (2008-present)
Three Nissan GT-R-badged cars entered This kind of year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, albeit very different machines by the road-going one.
This kind of GT-R scrambled enthusiasts’ brains on its launch in 2008. We called of which “a brutal demonstration of what can be achieved by an engineering team fixated on creating the ultimate point-to-point machine”.
Grip by the all-wheel-drive super-coupé is actually seemingly endless, while performance is actually outrageous. The earliest versions pack a 473bhp twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Result: 0-62mph in 3.5sec along with 190mph.
GT-Rs hold their value extremely well. Even a six-year-old style will cost by £35k. Be wary of modified ones along with insist on a full history.
2 – Ferrari 360 Modena (1999-2005)
When Ferrari launched its replacement for the gorgeous F355, of which ushered in a fresh era for the marque. The 360 Modena’s aluminium spaceframe chassis was 40% stiffer than the F355’s steel platform along with of which was nearly 30% lighter.
Powered by a high-revving 3.6-litre normally aspirated V8 engine, the 360 Modena pumps out 400bhp at 8500rpm along with 275lb ft of torque at 4750rpm. The 0-62mph sprint takes 4.5sec along with of which won’t let up until of which hits 189mph.
The 360 also represents possibly the cheapest way into Ferrari ownership, with examples starting by £32,000 with 80k miles along with full service history. Look out for corrosion along with be prepared for costly maintenance bills, though.
3 – Porsche 911 GT3 (1999-2005)
Seeing along with hearing 911 GT3 RSRs bellowing up the Mulsanne Straight has been a well-known activity at Le Mans for years. You can’t buy an RSR for the road, although you can develop the next best thing.
The 996-generation GT3 is actually all about poise, agility along with driver involvement rather than outright pace. Even so, of which’s no slouch. using a 355bhp 3.6-litre normally aspirated flat six at the rear along using a glorious six-speed manual gearbox, of which covers 0-62mph in 4.7sec along with features a top speed of 187mph. One of the highlights is actually of which engaging flat six howl at 7000rpm.
You’ll have to dig deep for a 996 GT3. They start at £67k along with climb beyond £80k for a pristine example. of which should be a sure-fire investment, though.
4 – Chevrolet Corvette C6 (20014-2013)
The Corvette C6.R had considerable success in GT racing along using a road-going Corvette C6 can be snapped up for a relative bargain on UK soil.
Up front is actually a mammoth 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine, which puts out 430bhp along with 428lb ft of torque. All of which energy is actually pumped through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels along with is actually enough to secure the 0-62mph dash in 4.8sec along using a top speed of 190mph.
of which’s refreshingly old-school in its nature: large along with primitive, with weighty controls, although still a properly quick car. The C6 is actually docile in urban areas, too.
We found a 2008 Corvette C6 6.2 V8 with only 20,000 miles on the clock for just £27,000.
5 – Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2005-present)
Go to Le Mans along with you are guaranteed to see a V8 Vantage in one of the surrounding car parks, as well as the Prodrive-spec racing versions pounding the circuit.Power comes by a 4.3-litre V8 of which develops 380bhp at 7300rpm along with 302lb ft of torque at 5000rpm. of which translates to a 0-62mph time of 4.9sec along with 175mph flat out.
The V8 Vantage may be the slowest car here, although of which’s arguably the best looking. along with using a booming V8 soundtrack, of which’ll certainly have you grinning by ear to ear.
You can pick up an early 2006 V8 Vantage with 56,000 miles on the clock along using a full service history by £30k. Look out for paint bubbling around the door handles on early versions, though.
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