Top Five of 2013: Touring Cars
When no less a man than Jean Alesi describes a car as the sweetest-handling machine he can think of, you sit up and take notice. Here is a man whose Quixotic career was defined by his passion for making cars go faster than they had any right to do – usually because they should never have left the designer’s notepad. Small wonder, therefore, that he appreciates the work of unbridled genius that is the BMW M3.
Ford touring cars have made appearances, won races and clinched championships across an incredibly varied spectrum of touring car classes worldwide. Fighting with the best the world has to offer and often coming out on top, Ford touring cars have not only been quick, they’ve come in all sorts of shapes and sizes too. There have been many, but these are the best.
This Ford Denim Zakspeed Escort II piled up an impressive collection of wins in the 1982 season of Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) at the hands of Jörg van Ommen, and is now up for sale at RMD.
Watch Aussie racing legend Peter Brock slide and jump the “The Beast”. This unusual machine is in fact a 1970 Holden Torana, modified by Harry Firth’s HDT organisation from a stock rally GTR into a wild 320HP rallycross racer.
Some people simply don’t understand the phrase, “No, you can’t do that.” Alex Zanardi, Alessandro Nannini and Robert Kubica are just some of those people. All three suffered potentially career-ending injuries, yet successfully climbed back into competition. All three had different injuries to overcome, but they did.