Can You Identify These Famous Race Cars From An Image?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: By Wonker Wonker from London, United Kingdom (Rolling Start), via Wikimedia Commons

About This Quiz

Since the automobile was invented, man has raced them ... even when they were not particularly fast! In fact, the first motor race was held in France, the Paris-Rouen, as far back as 1884.

In the United States, the Milwaukee Mile saw action from 1903 onward. It was first a horse racing track, however. It remains to this day! The track first built for cars exclusively was the Knoxville Raceway, with the first automobile race held there in 1901. 

But enough about the tracks. Although they play an important part, they are nothing without the cars that race around them! And over the years, there have been many incredible race cars, both in Europe and in America. And in this quiz, we will test your knowledge of the race cars that have graced tracks all over the world. 

And they take in a range of Motorsport categories from endurance racing such as the famous Le Mans 24-hour race in France, to perhaps the pinnacle of Motorsport, the Formula One Championship. Now not all of these cars may have actually won a championship or even a race, but they are no doubt famous for some reason or other.

The question is, can you identify them from a single image?

Good luck!

One of the most dominating cars ever built in Formula 1 history, the F2004 helped Michael Schumacher to 12 wins in the first 13 races of the season. He went on to win his seventh world championship by the end of the season in 2004.

The first generation of the GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years from 1966 to 1969, which included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 were produced.

Early NASCAR racing saw drivers using stock vehicles, hence the term, stock car. The Hudson Hornet was so dominant that if you were not driving one, you didn't stand a chance of a NASCAR win, no matter how talented a driver you were.

The Tyrrell was the only car with six wheels ever to race in Formula 1. It did so in the 1976 and 1977 season and even won a race.

Like all the Formula 1 cars in the '50s, the Maserati 250 had a cylindrical shape. Don't be fooled, however; this was a monster. In fact, at the 1957 German Grand Prix, Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a 250F was 48 seconds behind the leader with 22 laps left. He caught him and won the race!

The Breadvan ... yes, well look at it. It does look like a delivery van of sorts. This was a Ferrari 250 GT modified by a privateer, Count Giovanni Volpi, for his Scuderia Serenissima racing team. And it almost beat the Ferrari racing team at the 1962 Le Mans endurance race. While 4th overall and ahead of the 250 GT's of the Italian marque, the Breadvan suffered engine failure.

This famous racing car was driven to victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia race in Italy by none other than Sterling Moss and navigator, Denis Jenkison. Jenkinson used pace notes, which when combined with the power of the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR meant the team were practically unstoppable.

The Porsche 956 holds the record for the fastest lap ever around the famed circuit, Nurburgring Nordschleife. This was set by Stefan Beloff in 1983 and stands at 6:11.13.

The Mercedes W07 Hybrid dominated Formula 1 in 2016 winning 19 out of 21 races and seeing Nico Rosberg become world champion. This is the most dominant Formula 1 car ever, in terms of the ratio of wins to races entered.

The McLaren MP4/4 is possibly the greatest Formula 1 car ever built. It won 15 out of 16 races in 1988, giving Ayrton Senna his first world title.

In an effort to defeat the Ford GT40 domination at Le Mans in the late '60s, Enzo Ferrari introduced the 300 P4 in 1967. It was a formidable race car, winning at Daytona as well as Monza. The GT40s, however, had its number at Le Mans though and continued their winning streak.

The fastest car in a straight line at Le Mans in 1978, the Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick (OK it does look like a whale from the side) clocked 228 mph. That didn't help much and the 935/78 only finished 8th.

500 brake horsepower. 0-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. All-wheel drive. The Audi Sport Quattro SWB was a brute.

With a massive fan on the back and low side skirts, the Chaparral 2J sucked to the tarmac, giving the car incredible downforce and making it two seconds a lap faster than its competitors in the 1970 Can-Am series. It was soon banned.

The last of the V8-engined cars in Formula 1, the Red Bull R9 helped Sebastien Vettel to the overall crown. The German won 13 of the 19 races he entered.

The Peugeot 205 T16 took part in the now-defunct Group B Rally world championship. In the hands of driver Juha Kankkunen, Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen, the 205 was formidable and racked up 16 victories in three years from 1984.

Porsche has a rich racing heritage, and in the 917/30 certainly had a formidable track car. Racing in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup, the 917/30 dominated in 1973, winning six of the eight races.

One of the most adaptable racing cars ever seen, the BMW E30 M3 won seven touring car championships, two rally championships and even was successful as a hill climber.

The T70 was an endurance racer from Lola that more than held its own against the Ferraris and Porsches of the day in the late '60s.

After they moved out of the rally circuit following the demise of Group B racing in the mid-1980s, Audi turned their attention to something new. The result was the 90 GTO which raced in the IMSA championship in the United States. Although it did not win the championship, it did come close with Hans-Joachim Stuck at the wheel.

The Corvette C5-R was difficult to beat. In fact, it won its class at Le Mans in staggering fashion, completing 34 more laps than its nearest rival.

In 1964 Ferrari gave John Surtees the chance to win a rare double. Already a 500 cc motorcycle world champion on four occasions, Surtees drove the Ferrari 158 in the championship and duly became world champion. This feat is likely to never be repeated again.

The Porsche 959 was originally designed to take part in the Group B rally championship, but when that was canceled, Porsche unleashed their machine on the Dakar Rally. It took the first and second place in 1986.

Incredibly, this Ferrari was used in Formula 1 from 1975 to 1980 with minor upgrades each year. It won 27 races, three driver's crowns and four constructors championships. Not only a classic but a phenomenal winner.

Until the Lotus 72C appeared in 1970, Formula 1 cars were fairly bulky. The 72c was far more aerodynamic thanks to its wedge shape. Jochen Rindt became the only driver to win the Formula 1 championship posthumously after he died in a race before the end of the season.

In the hands of Sebastien Loeb, the Peugeot 208 T16 broke the Pikes Peak hill climb record by almost a minute and 33 seconds. Simply incredible.

A legendary rally car, the Toyota Celica GT4 and upgrades thereof won 30 rally victories from 1989 to 1995. It also landed four championships during this period for Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol.

One of the most successful sports car racing models ever, the Audi R8 LMP dominated the Le Mans 24 hour event at the turn of the 21st century, winning in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.

In the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, the Mercedes-Benz W196 was a formidable car and saw the Argentine become world champion in 1955.

Purpose built for rallying, the Lancia Stratos didn't disappoint, winning the World Rally championship for three years from 1974 to 1976.

This screaming 700 brake horsepower behemoth won at Le Mans in 1991. And the only problem after the race for the Mazda 787B was a blown light bulb.

The Suzuki Escudo Dirt Trail took part in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1998. It had two 2.5-liter twin turbo V6 engines, one for each set of wheels! It produced 981 brake horsepower and was capable of 206 mph.

Not the greatest in terms of results, but before they entered their 850 T5 saloon car in the British Touring Car championship in the mid-90s, Volvo raced their estate version!

A great all-rounder, the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 was a standout in the Touring Car championship in England in the late 1980s. It also did a bit of rallying as well.

A jet car ... yes a jet car. Well, to be precise, a gas turbine. The Howmet TX was an experimental car powered by a gas turbine engine. It raced around the world, even at Le Mans in 1968, but was plagued by reliability problems.

The car that broke Ferrari's five-year dominance in Formula One, the Renault R25 took Fernando Alonso to the title in 2005. It was the last of the V10 engine cars to do so.

A British design, using a British engine, but built in America and with an American driver, the Gurney Eagle-Weslake MkI grabbed the win at the prestigious Spa F1 Grand Prix in 1967 with Dan Gurney at the wheel. It also managed a third in Canada that same year.

The L88 Corvette was a brilliant race car and excelled in its class at Le Mans. In fact, one chassis of a Corvette L88 competed in the race on six occasions. Not only fast and competitive but tough as well.

The FW14B from Williams made use of active suspension to leave its competitors trailing in its wake. Nigel Mansell was the driver that benefited from this brilliant piece of machinery, winning the F1 World Championship in 1992 by claiming nine wins.

With Colin McRae at the wheel, the Subaru Impreza 555 won three World Rally manufacturers championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. McRae won the driver's title in 1995.

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