Race Cars

Race cars have been fascinating spectators for decades. Whether NASCAR or champ cars, the HowStuff works Race Cars Channel articles have you covered.


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40's remarkable triumph at Le Mans, the start of a remarkable string of 1960s victories.

Even today, the Porsche 917 ranks among the most powerful racecars ever to compete. It also makes a pretty good case for itself to be the greatest racecar of all time; however, success was not immediate.

The Jaguar C-Type racecar twice won LeMans in the 1950s, and boosted Jaguar's credibility. This car featured a twin-cam 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produced 204 horsepower. See a profile pictures and specifications for the C-Type.

The Jaguar D-Type blended road-racing science with art. It clearly demonstrated Jaguar's mastery of its chosen subject with three straight victories at LeMans. See D-Type pictures and specifications.

Ferrari sports racing cars were the competition machines that rocketed Ferrari to prominence as the world's premier maker of high-performance automobiles, and ignited the Ferrari legend. Here are pictures and profiles of Ferrari sports racing cars from 1947 to today.

The Lancia Stratos was designed to be a rally car -- it found success on and off the race course. With 190 horsepower in road-going trim, the Stratos could exceed 140 mph. Learn about the Lancia Stratos.

The Ferrari 166 MM Racecar blurred the line between a track and a road car. It was the first Ferrari offered with equipment tailored for both road and track. Learn more about this seminal Ferrari and see photos of the 166 MM Racecar.

The Ferrari 225 S was an evolution of superior coachwork. It had a tubular chassis and underpinnings quite similar to those of the Ferrari 340 America. Learn more about the racecars that proved Ferrari's V-12 could win races.

The Ferrari 340 Mexico was designed for the Carrera Panamerica race in Mexico. It featured the most extravagant coachwork to date for Ferrari. Learn more about this quintessential fifties Ferrari and see photos.

The Ferrari 250 MM marked a golden age of speed and beauty for Ferrari. It was built for Italy's 1000-mile race, the Mille Miglia. Learn more about these racecars from 1953 and see photos of these Ferraris.

The Ferrari 375 MM cemented Pinin Farina as the Ferrari coachbuilder of choice. Pinin Farina also made a series of Ferrari 375 MM spyders. Learn about Ferrari's first international race title and see photos.

The Ferrari 500 Mondial gave Ferrari race titles in the 2-liter class. It was equipped with a four-cylinder engine for better low-end torque, allowing for more acceleration out of corners. Learn more about this popular Ferrari four-banger and see photos.

The Ferrari 750 Monza was a racetrack champion. The Monza takes its name from the racetrack near Milan. Learn more about this mid-fifties Ferrari and see photos.

Ferrari is a legendary name in Formula 1 racing. Discover how Ferrari's involvement began before this was known as F1. Learn about Ferrari's most fascinating F1 cars and follow the creation of a dynasty.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Racecar's short wheel-base (SWB) gives it its name and its impressive handling. Find out what other Ferrari engineering wonders went into the creation of this amazing machine.

The Ferrari 196 SP marked the first time Enzo Ferrari approved a midengine design for one of his cars. Discover why the new engine placement and rear spoiler made the SP line into a ground-breaker.

The Ferrari 250 GTO was the swan song of the front engine racing Ferrari. Learn more about this beautiful machine from the powerful V-12 engine, to the classic Scaglietti body design.

The Ferrari 330 LMB synthesized design elements from previous successful models. Discover why Ferrari was compelled to focus on mid-engine design, instead, despite one last try with the classic front-engine formula.

The Ferrari 250 P was the first mid-engine design to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Discover more about this incredibly successful series of Ferrari cars and what made them winners.

The Ferrari 250 LM was designed for the 3.0-liter GT class, but raced as a prototype. Learn why it kept winning, when it should have retired, and why it should have been the 275 LM.

The Ferrari 312 PB, introduced in 1971, went on to become a top-10 finisher in sports-prototype racing. It dominated the Sports World Championship for Makes. Learn vital facts about this Ferrari race car.

Durable and powerful the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competition is considered one of Ferrariā€™s all-time road-going greats. It boasted a 4.4-liter twin cam V-12 that put out over 400 horsepower. Get the lowdown on this Ferrari.

The Ferrari F40 LM was one of a series of Ferrari racers built to compete in Group B rally racing. It was powered by a turbocharged high compression V-8 that made over 600 horsepower. Learn more about these entertaining cars.

The Ferrari 333 SP marked a triumphant return to sports racing for Ferrari. It was Ferrari's first pure sports-racing car in decades. Get the facts on this racing car including its competition history.

The Ferrari 575 GTC was designed to comply with new endurance-racing rules. It marked a return to the front-engine two-seat V-12 Ferrari. Learn more about this racer including its specifications and racing history.