Budget Direct Renders 8 Classic Race Cars In Modern Form
Some of the best-looking renderings we’ve seen in some time!by Jonathan Lopez, on
There’s just something romantic about an old race car. The associations we make usually include memories of going to see it in action on the track or watching it on TV, and it can be a powerful thing for those of us who breathe gasoline. But what if we took these classic speed machines and updated them for the modern era? Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following eight classic race cars, and the results are simply stunning.
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First up is the Porsche 917, a prototype racer that gave the German automaker its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1970, following it up with a repeat in 1971. Also known for its role in the classic Steve McQueen film Le Mans, the 917 could reportedly top out at an astounding 240 mph. This time around, it looks capable of that and a whole lot more, merging an exterior inspired by the Mission E and 918 Spyder, plus the requisite blue and orange Gulf livery, of course.
BMW M1 Procar
In the late ‘70s, BMW and Lamborghini teamed up to produce a new racing car, but Lambo eventually pulled out of the deal, leaving BMW to finish what it had started. The result was the M1, BMW’s first-ever mass-produced mid-engine automobile, and the spiritual precursor to the modern i8. Following the release of the M1, BMW went about setting up a new one-make race series, eventually creating the M1 Procar Championship. Pitting world-class drivers from a variety of different series against one another, including competitors from Formula 1, the World Sportscar Championship, and the European Touring Car Championship, among others, Procar was a specular, albeit short-lived series, and now we can see what a modern version might look like with the above-featured rendering.
Time to get sideways in the dirt, as our next rendering comes from the rough-and-tumble world of rally racing. The sharpened speed wedge you see before you takes after the iconic Lancia Stratos, a mid-engine, RWD sports car from Italy that took wins in the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975, and 1976. Iconic, sexy, and very very fast, we’re loving this latest rendered version. It’s the sort of thing that’s getting us even more excited about the New Stratos.
Aston Martin DBR1
Now we’re stepping back in time a bit, going back to the ‘50s and Aston’s effort at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Back then, the DBR1 managed to secure Aston’s only outright win in the famous endurance event, while also securing a win in the World Sports Car Championship, joining the ranks of the Ferrari 250TR and Ferrari 375 Plus as one of just three cars in the period to take both titles in the same year. Voluptuously styled, the DBR1 is highly sought by collectors, with one example selling for a whopping $22.5 million just last year. This rendering keeps the same lovely green paint, open top, and tall fenders, all while also adding in modern characteristics from the Valkyrie and Vantage.
Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO
After a very impressive run in the world of rally, Audi pivoted its focus to paved circuits, bringing its go-faster know-how to IMSA GT sports car racing. Offering boxy styling, impossibly wide fenders, and nearly endless Quattro AWD grip, the Audi 90 went on to dominate the 1989 season, and now we can see what it might look like infused with styling cues from the modern R8, complete with that classic Quattro livery to boot.
Ferrari 330 P4
Hailing from Ferrari’s line of prototype sports car racers developed between the ‘60s and ‘70s, the 330 P4 mounted a high-spec V-12 engine tuned to produce upwards of 450 horsepower in the middle of the machine. Only three examples of the car were produced, but if Ferrari revived it for the modern age, we’re thinking it’ll get a solid dose of LaFerrari FXX K goodness, as seen in the speed slab rendering featured above.
Produced between 1954 and 1957, the D-Type was designed to take on the world’s best racers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Best known for its easily recognizable and unique rear vertical fin, the D-Type incorporated a variety of innovative features for its day, including a monocoque construction and aero-efficient exterior shape. The D-Type would go on to secure wins at Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957. As for this modernized rendering, we see influences from the XJR-12 and C-X75, plus that highly visible rear tail fin.
In the ‘80s, the world of Formula 1 was swept up by the on-track battles between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, sparking one of the most heated motorsports rivalries of all time. Partly responsible for the drama was the McLaren MP4/4, which raced in the ’88 season with both of the previously mentioned drivers at the wheel. Between the duo, the MP4/4 managed a staggering 94% win rate, and now, it’s been reimagined for the modern day sporting a closed cockpit and classic livery.
Source: Budget Direct