Ideal Cars for Street Racing
Every year we see new cars hit the street surrounded by hype that would have you believe they are the next big thing in street racing.
Every now and again, we feel it is helpful to remind ourselves of the true greats of street racing. In that spirit, here are five of the best from the last 20 years:
In 2005, the 1999 Honda Acura Integra claimed the rather dubious honour of being the most stolen vehicle in America. The reason? It possesses one of the fastest engines in street car racing and it is only getting faster, having since been succeeded by the Acura RSX. Street car racers without the finances to obtain high end cars warmed to the affordability and outstanding performance of the refined, comfortable Integra. And those who couldn’t afford a car at all made the Integra their stolen vehicle of choice. Fancy owning one? Make sure you get some advice from the likes of car insurance companies before you even think about reaching for the cheque book.
In the mid to late nineties, the Toyota Supra was the undisputed king of street racing cars. Its inline 6-cylinder engine and aerodynamic bodywork helped it to earn an iconic status that was cemented by appearances in the video game Gran Turismo and the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious. Sadly for the hoards of Supra fans out there, production ceased in 2002 as Toyota switched its focus to more fuel-efficient models.
Perhaps most famous for its success in rallying than in street racing, the Subaru Impreza is nevertheless a firm favourite with street racing enthusiasts the world over. Since its arrival in 1993, this compact, all-wheel-drive beast has been parading the power of Subaru’s flat, turbocharched, intercooled engine to devastating effect.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, or ‘Evo’ as it is more widely known, is more than just a car. It is a movement with thousands of followers worldwide. Ten official versions have been put into production by Mitsubishi since the first Evo hit the streets in 1992 but countless modified versions have been lovingly built and raced by passionate enthusiasts. The original Lancer Evolution was a rally car with a two-litre turbocharged DOHC engine and a 4WD drivetrain. Fast forward 13 years to 2005 and the Evolution X arrived, with a newly-designed 4B11T two-litre turbocharged, all-aluminium, inline-4 engine, along with a semi-automatic, six-speed SST twin-clutch transmission.