“All show cars are not race cars, but all race cars are show cars”. The Geneva stage hosted a plethora of concepts, electric cars, and public debut of many important vehicles. However, the crucible of motorsport is imperative still and no show can ever be complete without having graced by the race cars in all their glory. Although the cars listed here are yet to hit the race track, we just couldn’t ignore the fact that the future of motorsport looks so stunning.
Nissan Formula E Racecar
Renault, the successful campaigner, stepped out and made way for Nissan in the Formula E this year. The Japanese carmaker showcased its contender at the Geneva stage with silver, black and red livery wrapped on the Gen2 chassis of the race car. The Nissan race car goes head to head against Audi Sport ABT, DS Virgin, Dragon, Jaguar Racing, Mahindra Racing, Nio Formula E, Venturi and the Techeetah in this year’s championship.
Senna GTR concept
Promptly after the debut of the Senna hypercar, McLaren showcased Senna GTR Concept at the Geneva stage. Although its got Concept in its name, the Senna GTR is ready to set race tracks on fire. Successor to the P1 GTR, it has the same underpinnings as the standard GTR. The horsepower is expected to be more than 820bhp while the outrageous aero packages include the new splitters both fore and aft and on the massive rear wing. The downforce of 1000kg can theoretically allow the GTR to drive upside down.
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
Aston Martin painted its halo product, the Valkyrie, in the AMR racing livery at the Geneva. The Valkyrie AMR Pro claims to be the fastest road car-based vehicle of its kind. The Cosworth-sourced 6.5-litre V12 is coupled with an electric motor producing more than 1100bhp but final figures aren’t announced yet. The weight will be similar to the horsepower for a 1:1 power to weight ratio. Top speed of 360+kmph is on the cards.
Seat’s performance arm Cupra has gone bonkers with their first ambitious project. And as a result comes the Cupra e-Racer slated to enter electric Touring car championship. The four motors can produce a minimum power output of 402bhp and a maximum output of 670bhp. Thus the puny performance car is capable of a top speed of 325kmph. And it looks the part as well. The flared wheel arches, massive diffusers, air-scoops and wings all add to the touring appeal of the Cupra. The question that remains is when we’ll get to see the Cupra race car on an actual track.
Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Unveiled last November, the Vantage also debuted its racing cousin, the Vantage GTE. Set to enter World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Vantage GTE will debut at the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May. The AMG-derived 4.0-litre V8 produces 510bhp and 685Nm, mated to an eight-speed unit. The new Vantage GTE has some huge shoes to fill.