Every year track day gift cars are bought for loved ones and forgotten about in the draw, however, there are a rare few that go that step further and by their partner or their nearest and dearest a tack car, these are often stripped back variants of otherwise sports car used for every day driving.
Track cars to make this list have to be suitable for the road by passing the legal requirements but also designed or driven as track ready cars, matching purpose-built machines at an event.
First on our list is the KTM X-Bow a low slung track car that closely resembles a go-kart than a two-seat sports car, currently 4 model variants are available with the X-Bow GT, R, RR and top of the range GT4. The X-Bow is still available for order today and is track ready.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||3.8|
|Top Speed (mph)||13|
One of the most practical cars on our list the Mercedes A45 AMG is one of the most desirable hot hatchbacks, the AMG 45 is a hardcore performance car that dominated the Mercedes A-Class range. The power and performance of the AMG are only rivalled by the Audi RS3. The stats speak for themselves and despite not losing any luxuries, the car can hold its own.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||4.2|
|Top Speed (mph)||155|
One of the original track day car brands the Ariel Atom has adopted the Caterham formula and made it their own with an exposed frame chassis for the ultimate lightweight experience the Ariel Atom is potentially the least practical car in the list, however, it is one of the fastest accelerating cars for the price. The Atom is definitely a fair weather car in our opinion.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||2.8|
|Top Speed (mph)||162|
The brand is very exclusive these days and so most people may not have heard of a Morgan and less will have ever seen one in real life but these cars are common on track days not so much for their racing ability or aerodynamic shape straight from the 1930s with a few minor adaptations. The Aero GT doesnâ€™t use a wooden body like its softer less powerful variant instead it uses air grade aluminium to shape the body and the wings similar to that used on Spitfire planes with a lightweight chassis reinforced presumably by grit and determination.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||4.5|
|Top Speed (mph)||170|
Staying true to the purpose that these cars must be road legal as well as track faring beasts we have chosen the standard Lotus 3-Eleven track car that seats up to two people and has no roof, to save weight. The 3-Eleven is a homage to the racing pedigree that Lotus has held for decades and continues to promote with their livery of cars.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||2.9|
|Top Speed (mph)||180|
Another everyday car that has been injected with enough juice to beef up the engine, the output and the racing factor, defending the TT brand from the hairdresser image, most struggle to laugh as one overtakes, undertakes and cuts back to shut the door all over the track. The RennSport version of the TT has everything the road car has and more so comfort will not be a problem getting to the track and back either.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||3.7|
|Top Speed (mph)||155|
No track day car list would be complete without the Caterham 7 or in our case the Superlight Twenty a limited edition that somehow reduced more weight from the â€œKit Carâ€ and gave birth to the track day special vehicles that have entered this list. If driving experience is what you are looking for in a track car then you wonâ€™t be disappointed with this choice.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||4.9|
|Top Speed (mph)||122|
Not currently available but the Rimac is the track day brand of the future gone will be the sound of turbocharged vs naturally aspirated engines flying around corners and opening the throttles down the straight and replaced by much quicker and quieter electric hypercars that come with a much bigger price tag, reserving them to only the most elite.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||1.85|
|Top Speed (mph)||258|
A track car that has its own racing series and a road-going version that is available to everyone, everyone that is with more than a hundred thousand pounds in their account for a summer weekend toy. The GT3 RS is the 911 homage to the Porsche GT racing series, some creature comforts have been removed for weight but the GT3 RS is a through bred track car.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||3.2|
|Top Speed (mph)||193|
Unfortunately not available to lease or at all in the UK and not really a track day car the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is reasonable around a track but was dominated by the latest release from Dodge the SRT Demon, this car pack cost just $1 more and comes with super sticky rear tyres slim guidance only front tyres, engine parts and service mods that allow the Demon to do what no car will do again; dominate the quarter mile, not as popular in the UK but the Dodge Demon was built to be the fastest manufactured drag car in the world. 402.4 metres in just 9.5 seconds.
|0 - 62 (Secs)||2.3|
|Top Speed (mph)||168|
Unfortunately, no lease vehicle is allowed on a race track as part of the terms and conditions with all of our funders and partners, whether it is a personal lease or business.