Best consumer cars for racing

Most of us will not get a chance to whizz around Monaco in a multi-million pound F1 car, but we can all dream. Where we might get a chance to burn some rubber, though, is on a track day.

older porsche spyderWhile they are designed for getting you from A to B, many tracks use turned up consumer cars and here we look at a handful of the best.

Porsche 918 Spyder

This is quite simply the fastest production car available and it can manage 0-60mph in just 2.2 seconds. The £1 million Bugatti Veyron had ruled the roost in the speed stakes for a number of years, but the 918 blew it away in tests held during 2014.

Lamborghini Aventador

lamboWith a price tag of £300,000, it is debatable whether this is a consumer car, but it’s a production road vehicle and it’s capable of incredible 217mph. Whoosh.

Volkswagen Polo R

Yep, it’s a Polo but it rocks. Priced at around £22,000, this is certainly a consumer car. However, it boasts two litre 225bhp engine and has a top speed of 155mph. France’s Sebastien Ogier has won the World Rally Championship behind the wheel of one in the past two seasons.

Renault Sport Megane

Fans of the British Touring Car Championships will be aware of this speed demon. Described as an “angry car” that “spits and growls” by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, the Megane recently broke the lap record for a front-wheel car at the Nururgring.