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Go pedal-to-metal with the best track-ready cars unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

As motor shows go, the 88th Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS 2018) was as action-packed as can be! Extreme sportscars, family-friendly SUVs, electric vehicles, crazy crossovers, dreamy concepts... this show had them all, and then some. As with every edition of the GIMS, there were a host of extreme performance cars with loads of power and the show to match the go. Read on to discover the best track-ready cars unveiled at the Geneva show this year.

McLaren Senna GTR Concept

A track-only version of the McLaren Senna, the newest Ultimate Series model from McLaren Automotive, this beast sure made its presence felt at Geneva. It makes more power and torque than the McLaren Senna, and outside of Formula 1, it achieves the quickest lap times for McLaren. The car is based on the same carbon fibre Monocage III structure as its cousin to ensure the core strength and rigidity that a top-rung track car must have. Power comes from the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine also used by the McLaren Senna, but track-only tweaks have upped the power and torque beyond the 800 PS and 800Nm of the car. With at lest 825 PS, this will be even quicker in a straight line. The company announced it would take “expressions of interest” during the show, and up to 75 units would be hand-assembled in Woking, England during 2019.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

 Porsche says this car is for “lovers of true motorsport” to answer the call of the race track. A fitting message, certainly, especially when it is a car that for years has been an icon among sportscars! The 911 GT3 RS boasts a high-capacity 4.0-litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed and naturally aspirated rear-mounted engine pumping out 520 PS and 470Nm to the rear wheels through a performance-oriented seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox. The black Alcantara and leather-dominated interior, the twin titanium tailpipes, the fixed rear wing and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)-designed front air intakes (NACA was the precursor to NASA) make its racing intent even clearer, as does the Porsche Track Precision App that accurately displays, logs and analyses driving statistics. With a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 312 km/h, this car will be gone in a blur before you can blink!

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

A variant of the hopefully-soon-to-be-launched Toyota Supra, the GR Supra Racing Concept was unveiled after months of spy shots in the media. Quite similar in its appearance to the FT-1 concept familiar from Gran Turismo games (where the new Supra also appears now), the car has been tuned by Toyota Gazoo Racing and is expected to combine the fine handling capabilities of Toyota with the driving expertise of BMW. The car sits on lowered suspension and wears race-spec sticky rubber from Michelin, with Brembo taking care of braking duties, which this racing exhaust-equipped car sure requires in spades! It is likely to be powered by a non-hybrid straight-six motor pumping out around 330 PS to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Based on the FT-1 concept car and sharing its platform with the forthcoming new BMW Z4, the new Supra should arrive in Europe in late 2019.

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