What's the most succesful race car ever?

Discussion in 'Classic Cars' started by KRSONe1, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. Oh yeah Ford GT40 at the 24 hours of Le Mans 1966 to 1969.
     
  2. I think he's saying that it's unfair to count all the versions of the 911 as a single car. I'm not sure whether or not I agree with him. Secondly, should we be counting autox wins and stuff like that?
     
  3. How about the most wins by one marque?
     
  4. AutoX doesn't count.
     
  5. Porsche, duh.
     
  6. Chevrolet claims that honor.
     
  7. Is there anything else that doesn't count? Where do you draw the line?
     
  8. Define "successful."

    In terms of wins, I think it has to be the Porsche 962.
     
  9. Nissan GT-R
     
  10. with things like the bugatti 35, how many of those wins were real, high competition, professional races? I bet through all of the various club racing around the world every year the 911 RSRs win many, many hundreds of races a year but I wouldnt count those as the same as winning lemans.

    Its a very difficult thing to quantify, i believe. I think competition has to be very strictly considered. the 962 gets big props, as does the 917, GT40, and many other racecars that succeeded in wickedly stiff competition.
     
  11. An incredible record, considering how rare they are. But there are many more 911s and it's been around for 40-plus years. They'd still have to average 25 wins a year to eclipse 1000. If by "successful" you mean "has made lots of money for its maker and is basically their reason for existing", the 911 is looking pretty good.

    Aside from that, I'd say the Lotus/Caterham Seven deserves some consideration. Every weekend there has to be some of those buzzing around a track somewhere.
     
  12. I could argue that the Chevy Monte Carlo beats out the 911 for gross amount of races won in its lifetime. 30+ years of Nextel Cup Series, Nationwide Series, ARCA, etc.
     
  13. ummmm, Audi R8, Audi R10 Tdi just because its an amazingly good car, and its Diesel, first ever to win at the Du Mans 24 Hueres.

    Porsche 930 911
     
  14. 962, gt40 etc.

    the bugatti is debateble.
     
  15. Except that nearly all of those shared little or nothing in common w/ their name-sake production models... which themselves ranged from rear-drive V8's to front-drive V6's.
     
  16. A racecar is a racecar. This thread is about racecars, isn't it?
     
  17. Type 35
    917s
    962s
    etc etc etccc


    whatever, its probably 911
     
  18. skodas are apparently the most successful rally manufacturer ever, in there classes
     
  19. I think Miatas won 100% of the races they compete in, in the SCCA and NASA spec Miata races <A BORDER="0" HREF="http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?displayFAQ=y"><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/tongue.gif"></A>
     
  20. Porsche 911 is THE answer to this question. No other car even comes close to the 911 in terms of races won.
     
  21. 911 for sure.
     
  22. well the 911's were'nt all the same either.
     
  23. Ugh, shutup.
     

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