“Race cars are neither beautiful or ugly. They become beautiful when they win.” – Enzo Ferrari
The world of car racing is constantly changing, the technology evolves, the rules change and drivers ebb and flow. But every so often, a team or manufacturer has the perfect storm of a fast car, great driver and solid teamwork to create a race car that dominates the field.
Domination in auto racing requires near super-human levels of work. Rules are designed to equalize performance among competitors, and teams are constantly changing, updating and developing their car to be able to win.
Here are 40 of the most successful cars to ever turn a wheel in anger on the race track.
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
The mighty Corvette C5-R, built by Pratt & Miller and Chevrolet, is one of the most successful endurance racing sports cars of all time. In total, the C5-R won 31 times from 55 races and collected 24 pole positions and an astonishing 50 podiums.
The Corvette Racing team cars would also win their class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, win the 24 Hours of Daytona race overall and win their class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. Some of the best drivers in the business raced the C5-R including the legendary Dale Earnhardt and his son Dale Jr.