10 Race Cars That Are All Show And No Go (And 10 As Fast As They Look)

In today’s world, race cars are gaining huge popularity among car experts and car enthusiasts. The reason behind this might be due to the craze for racing in events. This has led to the increase in the availability of race cars in the market. Race cars that are specially designed for racing are built for speed and power, which obviously makes them fun to drive.

Not all race cars are as fast as they look. Some cars have great performance and power but they still do lack speed. This is one of the major drawbacks of racing cars. Some cars are slow while others are really fast. Even prestigious race car manufacturers have released slow cars which were a huge failure in the market. This marks the importance of a high-speed race car in the world of race cars.

The slow race cars that hit the market might have a failed to grab the attention of the race car drivers or even car enthusiasts. Before you buy a race car it is important to know its acceleration and never go by the looks of the car. Not all cars that look good are fast.

Read on to know more about the race cars that are relatively slow and prove the fact that looks can be deceiving.

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20 All Show: Jaguar E-Type

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Jaguar E-Type is known for its beauty, performance, and competitive pricing. The E-Type Jaguar took its looks from the D-Type Jaguar which was quite a hit in the market. It was one of the most lightweight cars in its era.

It was a highly sought after car for its looks and exterior design.

The race car that stole every headline for its looks was powered by a 3.8-liter engine and had 4-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmission. The top speed of this stylish sports car was 149mph and it could accelerate from zero to 60mph in 7.1 seconds which makes it relatively slow for a race car.

19 All Show: Ferrari Mondial

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Launched in 2008, the Ferrari Mondial was released as an upgraded version of the successful 308 GT4 Coupe. The Mondial was a heavyweight vehicle and was powered by a V8 engine. This car was seriously underpowered which had a huge impact on the speed of this vehicle. The Mondial is considered to be the slowest Ferraris ever built. It could reach a top speed of 140 mph and accelerate from a zero to 60mph in 9.5 seconds. Despite being the slowest of Ferraris the price was still huge which had a huge impact on the sales of the Ferrari Mondial.

18 All Show: Lamborghini Countach

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The 25th-anniversary edition Lamborghini Countach is full of weird quirks and has a ridiculous look. Despite being a Lamborghini it was not a big hit in the market. It had a powerful  5.2-liter V12 engine.

This luxury car has very little space and lacks comfort for a Lamborghini. It has a heavy steering but the handling was good.

The top speed of this car was 190mph and it could accelerate from zero to 60mph in 6.8 seconds which was comparatively slow for a Lamborghini. Car enthusiasts prefer the earlier version of the Countach and yet its price is skyrocketing.

17 All Show: Porsche 914

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In 1974, a racing series of Porsche was launched as a limited edition. Only 1,000 units were released making it one of the rarest cars to find. It acclaimed both positive and negative critics during the time of its launch. Car enthusiasts applauded the looks and features of this car; the speed of this car was a major setback. It was powered with a 2.0 liter engine which was underpowered for this type of vehicle. The car could hit a high speed of 115mph and accelerates at the rate of 10.5 seconds for reaching a 60mph from a zero making it one of the slowest cars ever built by Porsche.

16 All Show: Mazda RX-7

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Mazda RX is noted for its lightweight and compact engine over generations. Mazda RX-7 the two-door coupe is powered by a 1.3liter twin turbo engine. It has a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual transmission.

This series caused a huge downturn in sales for Mazda.

The high speed of this third generation Mazda RX-7 is 156mph and could accelerate from a zero to 60mph in 4.8 seconds. This makes it the slowest series of the Mazda released. Negative critics by car enthusiasts for its speed led to the downfall of this car.

15 All Show: Chevrolet Corvette

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The 1979 Chevrolet Corvette hit the highest sales record in the history of Corvette. A total of 53,807 units of cars were produced and were sold out during this period. Yet this doesn’t make it the best car of all time. It had some flaws that disappointed car enthusiasts.

The race car just didn’t seem to be as powerful as it looks.

Powered by a 5.7-liter engine; it has a 4-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmission. It was claimed to be slow for a race car; as it could hit a top speed of 127mph and could accelerate from a zero to 60mph in 15.3 seconds.

14 All Show: Ferdinand GT3 RS

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This car was famously known as the "World’s Slowest Porsche." It has no engine and has eliminated most of the unnecessary components. It was a pedal-powered car. It was a perfect combination of a car with style and a bicycle. The top speed of this Ferdinand GT3 RS was 8mph and it could accelerate from 0 to 3 mph in 3.5 seconds. The speed of the pedaling depends on the efficiency of the driver. The exterior of this car was impressive with gold painted duct tape. Certainly an interesting concept for a race car.

13 All Show: Nissan 300ZX

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The fourth generation Nissan 300ZX hit a sales record of 40,000 units in the first few years and then due to negative critics the car's sales record hit a low point of 4,000 units.

The car had an elegant and stylish look and was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 engine.

This car had a 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmission. The top speed of this car was 145mph. This race car hits 60mph from a zero in 6 seconds which makes it incredibly slow for a race car.

12 All Show: Mercedes-Benz 300SL

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The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was one of the fastest production cars in its period. The two-door coupe had impressive gull-wing doors which added elegance to its style. It was one of the rarest cars available in the market as only 1,400 units were produced. Launched in 1954 at the New York Auto Show this car was a huge success.

Despite the success of the car, it was a major disappointment for car enthusiasts.

Released as a race car, the speed of this car was comparatively lower than the other cars in the market. It could reach a top speed of 160mph; the acceleration speed for reaching a 60mph from zero took 8.8 seconds which is slow for a race car.

11 All Show: DeLorean DMC-12

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The DeLorean was powered by a 2.7-liter V6 engine. The speed for this race car was notably slow as it could take 8.8 seconds to reach 60mph from a zero for a 5-speed manual transmission. For a 3-speed automatic transmission, it could take 10.5 seconds to reach 60mph from zero. The top speed of this race is 110mph which doesn’t even qualify it to be a race car. No wonder Marty Mcfly found it hard to hit high speed with a DeLorean.

10 Fast: Hennessey Venom F5

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Hennessey Venom was one of the fastest of race cars and could hit a top speed of 301 mph. It was the first car ever produced to break the record of 300 mph. The acceleration rate from a standstill to 249 mph was around 30 seconds; powered by a 7.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine. This series broke the record of the previous release Hennessey Venom GT which hit a top speed of 270mph. It had a 7-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. This was a limited edition race car and only 24 units were built making it extremely rare and high in price.

9 Fast: Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Launched in 2015, at the "Geneva Motor Show" Koenigsegg Agera RS had numerous technological advancements. Koenigsegg Agera RS was one of the super race cars that could hit a top speed of 278mph.

It could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

This race car has a powerful engine which was powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It was a lightweight race car. This race car set a World Record for hitting the speed from zero to 278mph in 26.88 seconds which makes it the most sought out car.

8 Fast: Hennessey Venom GT

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In 2014, at the Kennedy Space Center, the Hennessey Venom GT set a record of 270mph with a hardtop coupe. Powered by a 7.0liter twin-turbo V8 engine it can achieve 0 to 60mph in 2.4 seconds. As a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Hennessey, the Venom GT released 3 units of the "World Record Edition" which were sold at $1.3 million. This car was not a production car and was handmade which makes it confusing for recognizing it as the fastest car. These cars were limited edition making them extremely sought out by car enthusiasts and race car drivers.

7 Fast: Bugatti Chiron

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The Bugatti Chiron took racing to the next level. The sky view on the car made it unique and opened up its dimensions. This car was one of the fastest, most powerful, and sophisticated cars in the history of Bugatti, or indeed the world.

Powered by an 8liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine it hits a top speed of 261 mph.

It can hit zero to 60mph in 2.5 seconds making it one of the fastest race cars. This race car was easy to handle even at top speed making it an extremely fun ride.

6 Fast: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport


The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was built with the intent of developing the fastest car ever built. This supercar was launched in 2010 and matched the requirements of Guinness World Record and set a high-speed record hitting 268 mph. The acceleration rate for reaching 60mph from a standstill was 2.5 seconds. Car experts and enthusiasts are still amazed by this car as it has great performance, power, and looks. Only 5 units were manufactured in the year 2010, which makes it rare and the value of these cars was sky high. These cars are completely sold out despite their prices.

5 Fast: SCC Ultimate Aero

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This car was a result of the perfect combination of Volkswagon and Bugatti. Though many have never heard of this car name it still remains one of the fastest production cars in the world.

It hit a record high of 256mph and beat the non-Super Sports version of Veyron in the year 2007.

It could reach 60 mph from a standstill in 2.65 seconds. The car came with no driver features which also makes it one of the most dangerous cars in the world. This was a limited edition car which makes it a rare to find car.

4 Fast: Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

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The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo has won many major racing events and created history. It was the first mid-engine race car that was made available in America from the year 2000 to 2009. Car experts and enthusiasts mark this car as legendary as it was fast, powerful, high in performance, and had a stylish exterior. This legendary race car was powered by a 7 liter twin turbo engine. It hits a top speed of 248 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds. Only 7 cars were produced in its period which made it pretty unique.

3 Fast: Koenigsegg CCR

The Koenigsegg CCR hit a top speed of 242 mph which broke records and was considered the fastest car ever built in its period.

This fast race car was powered by a 4.7 liter twin-supercharged V8 engine that could hit an acceleration speed of 60 mph from 0 in 3.2 seconds.

It had a 6-speed manual transmission and was considered a legendary exotic race car. It was a limited edition automobile and was well ahead of its time. Only 14 cars were made which led to an increase in price and demand.

2 Fast: Mclaren F1

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The McLaren F1 was once considered the fastest supercar ever built by several car enthusiasts. This legendary car was a masterpiece in terms of performance, power and looks. Powered by a 6.1 liter V12 engine it can hit a top speed of 241 mph which set records. It can accelerate from a 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. These cars were designed to compete in Formula 1. A total of 106 cars were produced over a period of five years making it extremely valuable and rare.

1 Fast: Pagani Huayra BC

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This race car was the most technologically advanced race car that was ever built by the Pagani. This race car has 7-speed automatic transmission which set a benchmark for the other cars in the market.

Powered by a 6 liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine it can hit a top speed of 238 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds.

Launched in 2016 at the "Geneva Motor Show," all the 20 units were sold at a sky-high price. Car enthusiasts and car experts applauded this race car for its design, performance, style, and power.

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