Street legal barchettas
Various kinds of cars are available nowadays, most of the types are fairly common and everyone knows about them. But today we will be discussing some amazing Barchettas, a Barchetta is a kind of a sports car that is usually small in size with an open top and a small wind deflector in the front that acts as a windshield, prime focus is paid to the performance aspect of the car. Without further ado, here is the list of five amazing street-legal Barchettas:
Gardner Douglas T70 Spyder
This cute little car is based on the iconic Lola T70 from the 1960s, the most unique aspect of this caris its fully triangulated tubular spaceframe that offers great rigidity and strength and at the same time reduces the total weight which greatly helps in providing the best possible handling characteristics. Powering this tiny yet powerful creature are a variety of GM based LS V8 engines that are capable of pushing out anywhere between 450hp to 700hp depending upon the trim level. Power is delivered via a Porsche 911 based transmission, due to the excellent power to weight ratio the T70 Spyder is capable of going from 0-60mph in just 3 seconds even with the least powerful LS engine that provides 400bhp. The top speed with the same powertrain was recorded at 180+mph.
Manufactured by Dallara Automobili the Stradale is one of the most modern street legal Barchettas you can get. The company laid special focus on its aerodynamics, which is one of the prime reasons behind its superb driving performance and eye-catchy design, though the car does not receive as much fanfare as its competitors. It's Ford-based inline four-cylinder Eco-boost engine generates a maximum output of 395hp and peak torque of 500Nm, the transmission is also sourced from Ford and can be availed in either manual or automatic options. The incorporation of an optional rear wing elevates the maximum downforce to a whopping 853kg, 0-60mph is estimated at 3.2seconds with a top speed of 280km/h. Only 600 units are planned to be produced in 5 years with an astonishing price tag of $236,000 before taxes.
Available in two variants the most unique aspect of Aeon GT3 is its mid-positioned driver seat that mimics the driving position of McLaren F1. The GT3 sits on a traditional space frame and is wrapped in various fiberglass body parts that help in reducing the total body weight to less than 700kgs. Unlike other Barchettas that are offered with a limited range of engines, the Aeon GT3 can be fitted with any transverse 2wd drivetrain setup, though it comes as standard with the Ford's I4 or V6 Duratec engines. The car also offers flexibility when it comes to the number of seats in the cabin and can be availed in either 2 or 3 seat configuration.
The Praga R1 is a stunning Barchetta made by the Czech automobile company Praga Racing. The most standout features of the R1 are its full carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a low running cost. The car resembles quite a bit to an F1 car which is also the prime reason for its extremely low aerodynamic drag coefficient and high downforce. The powerplant is a Renault-Alpine F4R Formula 2.0 that pushes out anywhere between 210-380hp and 210-410Nm of torque. The car is probably the lightest Barchetta available right now and weighs only 592-625kgs depending upon the configuration. The R1 has won several racing competitions and costs approximately $159,000
At the moment, the Praga R1 remains faithful only to the racing. But they has developed the Praga R1R, a street-legal prototype . Unfortunately, it's not for sale, just a prototype. So we will have to follow Prague on the circuits, by the moment.
The Ultima RS is one of the best track-focused car, that is also the last year's Le Man's champion. Built by the British low volume car manufacturer Ultima sports, the car is entirely handmade and packs some of the class-leading features that are sure to make anyone spellbound. Like the T70 Spyder, the engine inside an Ultima RS is also sourced from Chevrolet, which is an LT5 V8 that produces massive 1200hp making the Ultima RS one of the most powerful Barchetta ever made. The impressive power figures help the car sprint from 0-60mph in just 2.3 seconds with a top speed of 250mph. The car is still road legal despite its track-focused performance and is probably one of the easiest component cars to self-assemble.