F1 cars are fast. Ridiculously fast. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that they’re actually cars at all, but thankfully there have been a few one off creations which match F1 technology with ordinary road car looks which at least give you an insight into how insane it would be if regular road cars were as quick as Formula One cars. Here are 5 of the best.
Alfa Romeo 164 Procar
In the late 80s, Bernie had the idea to run a support series alongside F1 featuring silhouette road car bodies with Formula One chassis and engines. The plan was to attract manufacturers to the sport, but sadly the ‘Procar’ series never got off the ground and only this Alfa Romeo 164 was built. Procar needs to be a thing now, because this is absolutely awesome.
Ford Transit Supervan 3
The first two Transit Supervan’s were pretty insane beasts, but Ford took it up a notch for the third iteration, which was basically a Benetton with a scaled down Transit body plonked on the top. The van still does the rounds at various motorsports events, but unfortunately it no longer has Formula One power.
Renault Espace F1
Anyone who had Gran Turismo 2 will have fond memories of this ‘car’. Featuring an upgraded version of the famous 3.5 litre Renault V10 engine and Williams FW15C suspension bits and bobs, this run of the mill people carrier was transformed into one of the most bonkers vehicles ever built. It’s a shame the closest thing F1 teams get to doing this sort of thing nowadays is the Renault Twizy F1.
The Judd V8 was never the most successful engine in Formula One but it lives on thanks to the slightly crazy world of hillclimbing, where it proves to be quite a popular engine. There are a couple of Judd powered hillclimb cars out there but we reckon this BMW 1-series is the coolest.
Ok, so this doesn’t strictly fit the theme, and the F50 isn’t exactly the most desirable Ferrari of all time, but it is significant. Its engine block was directly derived from the V12 found in early 90s Ferrari F1 cars and the F333 sports prototype, it had F1 style suspension, and it featured many of the same construction techniques as an F1 car. That makes the F50 probably one of the first production cars to directly technology that had come directly from Formula One, and that’s why it’s mentioned here.