Supercars themselves are already quite a sight to behold. They showcase some of the best designs and performance money can buy all with added benefit of being expertly put together.
So what could be more impressive than this? How could these already magnificent cars be made even better? Well, when supercars are modified to become race versions they take on a whole new lease of life. You only need to look at Audi’s success in the racing world to see just how amazing they can be.
To give you an even clearer idea, what follows are three examples of modified supercars and how they’ve been changed and improved for racing:
Mercedes AMG GT3
The AMG GT3 is the race version of the AMG GT and in order to get it up to standards Mercedes have made a few changes.
Firstly they’ve modified the chasses and kitted it out with carbon-fibre sections to make it lighter. As well as this, the body has been slightly widened with more substantial air intakes. To boost performance it features a six-speed sequential gearbox running straight cut gears (replacing the seven-speed road version which allows for smoother gear changes but less strength and performance) and the engine is the 6.2-litre V8 which they’ve taken from the old SLS and made a few under the hood tweaks to.
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
This version of the normal Huracan is Lamborghini’s attempt at improving on the Gallardo FL2 and is their only race car. Don’t let this fool you into thinking this is something substandard though.
What they’ve done here to change the Huracan into a race car is dropped its overall weight down to 2732lbs and redesigned the body to be more aerodynamic to handle endurance events better. The 5.2-litre V10 is the same as the road car but instead features a six-speed sequential gearbox and is rear-wheel driven to give it that extra enthusiasm needed for track conditions.
McLaren 650S GT3
One of the leading names in racing and indeed motoring, as you’d expect from McLaren they’ve been busy and turned the 650S into the racing 650S GT3.
Like the Lamborghini, they’ve kept the original engine (the 3.8-litre twin turbo V8) but added a six-speed sequential gearbox to the standard rear-wheel drive. What they’ve also done is added wider tyres, fitted a roll cage and moulded racing seats to accommodate racing conditions better for drivers.
Of course, the best part about all of these is you can buy your very own, albeit probably the road car version. Yes, it won’t have the same might and prowess as the above, but they’re pretty damn close. So if you’re lucky enough to get hold of one, make sure you enjoy yourself!