There are sports cars and supercars, and then there are race cars — but there are also a few cars that blur the line. With some sports cars and supercars, you start to wonder how they even qualify for a license plate, considering how similar they are to race cars.
Here is my list of five cars that are pretty much race cars (with DMV registrations available) currently for sale on Autotrader.
Porsche 911 GT3/GT3 RS
Porsche 911 models dominate all forms of racing: GT racing, endurance racing, hill climbs, you name it. The Porsche 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS are suited for the local track day because that’s where they were built to excel. In many GT races, such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, teams take stock 911 GT3 models, add some safety equipment and go racing — because these are essentially race cars for the streets. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS even comes with a pit-speed button to limit speed for the pit area. Find a Porsche 911 for sale
Dodge Viper ACR
Ask a car enthusiast what car most wants to kill you, and their answer might just be the Dodge Viper. But Dodge and their SRT works decided a "normal" Viper was not crazy enough, so they created the Dodge Viper ACR. Packed with the same 8.4-liter V10 engine as the standard Viper, the ACR can come with an optional nutty "ACR Extreme Aero Package," which features a slew of aero bits, including a removable front splitter, an adjustable dual-element rear wing, dive planes, removable diffuser strakes, removable brake ducts and removable hood louvers. This street car holds the record at the famed Nurburgring for the fastest production car with a manual transmission. Find a Dodge Viper for sale
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
If you take the 505-horsepower 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine out of the C6 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and cram it under the hood of a Camaro, what you get is the legendary Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The Camaro Z/28 is all business — the stereo and air conditioning were optional from the factory. The Z/28 came standard with 305-section rubber at every corner, DSSV shocks and carbon-ceramic brakes. And all the normal sound deadening was nonexistent, so you could really hear the naturally aspirated 7.0-liter roar. Find a Chevrolet Camaro for sale
Ford Mustang GT350R
After the Camaro Z/28 was released in 2015, hardcore Ford enthusiasts would only need to wait a year to balance the force of the automotive world. Ford released the Mustang GT350, but the best deal in the automotive world at the time was the sportier GT350R.
The R came equipped with the regular GT350’s 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine, but the killer deal was the first ever carbon fiber wheels on a mass-produced car. You were essentially paying a $15,000-$20,000 premium for carbon wheels — and you got coolers for your transmission, differential and engine as well as the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires for FREE. Much like the Chevy Camaro Z/28, the GT350R does not come standard with air conditioning, a stereo or really any other creature comfort. Find a Ford Mustang for sale
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
The other cars on this list are race cars for road courses, but the Dodge Challenger Demon is an 800-hp drag racer. Dodge took the Challenger chassis and shoved in a 6.2-liter V8 with a 2.8-liter supercharger. With the right tuning from the Demon Crate (a free crate of goodies and tools Dodge gives you to pull the greatest potential out of the Demon) the vehicle can push out 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque. The crate even comes with some skinny space-saver wheels that lower the weight and allow the Demon to wheelie at the drag strip. Find a Dodge Challenger for sale
Agree with my list? Disagree? Have some more suggestions? Let me know in the comments and on Facebook.