Road-going models get the virtual GTE treatment for some dreamy race cars.
The 84th Le Mans 24-hour endurance race will begin in just a few hours, but until then, here are some cars that would look great on the starting grid.
First up, it’s the mesmerizing Porsche 918 Spyder dressed appropriately in a Martini livery and wearing a heavily modified body with a prominent rear wing. It looks as if it’s glued to the road and we’d definitely want to see the render come to life looking exactly like this.
Alternatively, Stuttgart’s supercar has been virtually imagined with a Gulf livery which looks just as cool.
Up next is the Audi RS7 Sportback rocking a set of side exhausts and an aggressive aero package which includes beefier splitters and front canards that stick out like claws. Some auxiliary front lights affixed to the grille provide the necessary illumination during the night hours of the race while the hood vents help cool down the meaty biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine.
The Mazda RX-Vision concept is already a stunner in real life, but with the body of a race car it becomes even more desirable. If the green and orange finish seems familiar, that’s because it’s inspired by the Renown livery of the No. 55 Mazdaspeed 787B which raced in the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans and took the win in its class with Johnny Herbert crossing the finish line.
Another concept car reimagined as a GTE fighter is the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 now with a British Racing Green finish and a wide body to make it look more muscular. It looks as if it’s ready to lead the pack at Circuit de la Sarthe during the whole 24 hours and do hundreds of laps of the 13.6-km track without a hitch.
Also from the U.K. we have Aston Martin’s lovely DB11 now with a Gulf blue and orange livery applied onto a modified body which swaps some of the car’s elegant cues for a more hardcore look. This one too has a number of aero bits and pieces to make it faster while tackling all 21 corners of the legendary track.
United States is represented in the design exercise by none other than the Ford Mustang. Looking at its wide body, it seems the latest incarnation of the pony car has received a heavy dose of steroids and should put up a good fight thanks to its EcoBoost heart which also influenced the body livery.
For something entirely different than the cars mentioned above, it’s the Morgan Three Wheeler fitted with an extensively upgraded biturbo 3.8-liter V6 engine sourced from the Nissan GT-R. The experimental race car is suitable for Garage 56 and should be quicker during pit stops since it only has three wheels.
The BMW i8 looks as if it comes from the future and in race car guise the wedge-shaped body gives it an even more interesting appearance. With its ultra-frugal powertrain and a low drag coefficient, it could have the edge over its competitors since it can last longer on the track before needing to head back to the pits for refueling.
If you’re a McLaren fan, you certainly remember the F1 GTR LT with its attractive FINA livery from the 90s. That car served as foundation for a long-tailed 675 which is a nice tribute to the original. It comes with an extended rear spoiler to make the car stick to the road during high-speed cornering while the beefier vents aid cooling of the internals.
Getting back to U.K. for the last hypothetical race car, the roaring Jaguar F-Type has received a Silk Cut livery which would be impossible in real life given the current cigarette advertising rules. The grunt provided by the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine is certainly a perfect match for the car’s new aggressive body and at the same time scares away the opponents.