Technology has advanced our lives and the world around us in ways we don’t think about. In the years to come, we’ll have fleets of driverless cars on the road. Steering wheels and drivers won’t be necessary as a new era where technology and great automotive design meet.
Today’s cars have grown exponentially in power. Much of the advancements in speed in the automotive industry have come from motorsports. Formula 1 and other forms of racing have helped certain technologies develop like aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, kinetic energy recovery, and more. On the track, developers and engineers can test their advancements in controlled environments without worrying about regulations and rules.
Automakers, in an effort to show off these technological advancements and design prowess, introduce special-edition vehicles that not just anyone can drive anywhere.
People with the right connections and enough money can sometimes get their hands on such cars. If they’re brave enough. With specialized training and teams of developers and engineers, these select few can enjoy a couple of hours with these incredible cars.
Below are five such cars that not just anyone can drive.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
People have been excited since they heard about Aston Martin’s collaboration with Red Bull’s racing team to develop the Valkyrie hypercar. The result was an Aston Martin unlike anything ever seen before. Its distinctive aerodynamics give it an impressive 1.8 tons of downforce. Earlier in 2019, the company presented the extreme version of the ultimate Aston Martin, the Valkyrie AMR Pro.
The track-only limited edition car has a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine under its hood. One of the most powerful naturally-aspirated engines ever built, the sound from the high end of 1,100 bhp is incredible. Interestingly enough, the car weighs approximately 1,000 kg which works out to be 1 bhp for 1 kg of weight. A perfect power-to-weight ratio.
All 25 Valkyrie AMR Pros planned are already sold. Driving one would require permission from Aston Martin or from an owner of one of the cars after delivery.
Lotus Exos T125
The closest an ordinary citizen is ever going to get to driving or owning a Formula 1 car is the Lotus Exos T125. With a sticker price of just $1 million, only about 25 of these cars were produced. This car features a Cosworth V8 engine that redlines at 10,300 rpm and gets 650 bhp.
Owners of these cars got the entire driving experience. The deal came with a team of specialists to help them with more than the car. The team takes the owner through a fitness program like those Formula 1 drivers use for training. Thinks that sounds unnecessary? Check out Jeremy Clarkson’s adventure in driving one on Top Gear.
Driving this car would require permission from one of the owners and just maybe approval from the specialist team too. That is if you want to drive it without potential physical injury.
McLaren P1 GTR
Part of the “hypercar holy trinity” with Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918, the McLaren P1 hybrid hypercar presented in 2012. All 375 cars produced sold by 2015. The “standard” P1 was a shining example of masterful design and engineering.
Following that success, McLaren then presented the P1 GTR which they upgraded to develop over 1,000 bhp. GTR’s weight is below 3,000 lbs which is impressive when you consider that it’s a hybrid with a hybrid engine and a battery. Only 40 P1 GTRs were produced and sold only to those who owned its predecessor, the P1. The price was a hefty $2.6 million, over twice the price of P1.
Driving this car would require permission from one of the owners of these cars.
Dodge Viper ACR-X
A quality American supercar that doesn’t rely on superchargers or turbochargers. Dodge used a bigger engine. The biggest engine fitted in a production car went into the Dodge Viper ACR-X and it was an unbelievable 8.4-liter V10.
The engine in a standard Viper has an output of 600 hp. The engine in the track-only Viper ACR-X was paired with low-restriction exhaust and headers to boost it to 640 hp. There are also adjustable KW dampers on the ACR-X. Just for good measure, it comes with a racing seat and a factory-installed roll cage.
The most affordable entry on this list, it’s sticker price is $110,000. Even if you can afford one, it’s a track-only car so you’ll need a track to drive it on.
Maserati MC12 Corsa
Ferrari took over Maserati in 1999. Flash forward to 2014 and 2015 when Maserati made a limited number of special-edition MC12 supercars based on Ferrari’s Enzo. There were only 50 MC12s produced due to the FIA GT Championship rule that states race cars must be based on street-legal models. The GT1 version had to meet that requirement for eligibility.
The MC12 Corsa was actually first presented in 2006 and based on the track-only GT1. 12 MC12 Corsas sold for more than $1 million each and with restrictions. Maserati sold the cars but didn’t hand them over to owners. The owners instead got to enjoy their new cars at track events organized by the company.
For the Maserati MC12 Corse, even the owners need permission to drive their cars.