When an automaker is tapped to be the pace car for a race many take it as a way to advertise one of their top models and to a fantastic job of being the pace car and one we would love to drive. Often these cars are given away as part of a contest that makes it possible for race fans to win a piece of history and a memento of the race they enjoyed. Let’s take a look at some of the pace cars we have loved and admired over the years to show the level automakers go to for a great car and some time in the front of the race.
Volvo V60 Polestar WTCC – The pace car of a race is also sometimes called the safety car and has lights put on top so it’s easy to discern this car from the others. The V60 Polestar is one that has been used for the World Touring Car Championship races and is a perfect choice as the name of Volvo has been synonymous with safety for many years already. This car was colored in Rebel blue and led the way around some of the most famous races in the world.
BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car – BMW went to the trouble when making this safety car for the MotoGP races to add some parts that would remind us they also produce some of the most impressive motorcycles on the market as well. This includes putting on an exhaust that is made for a ride on two wheels, coilovers and carbon ceramic brakes. It’s hard to ignore the fact this car is a gorgeous small racer in its own right and with the addition of motorcycle items we can see just how this car is blended perfection.
Mercedes-AMG GT S Formula One Safety Car – This car is sleek, stylish and sporty. It appears as if it almost should enter the race on its own right and see how it would fare. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V8 and offering a time to sixty mph of only three seconds this car could handle some racing duty. Even though it’s a safety car, the GT S looks awful odd with the light bar on top which should be removed to allow this car to let loose on the track where the racers would stand with mouths agape with amazement as this beauty rounds the track.
BMW i8 Formula E Safety Car- This car fits right into the theme of this style of racing. The Formula E racing is fairly new and offers a place where electric vehicles can race and show off their own performance. This safety car is a great way for the series to offer a car that already looks and feels futuristic on the track to be one of the better ways a safety car does more than represent the brand it comes from, but also represents the racing series its responsible for.
Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car – This is another hybrid racer and gives the Pikes Peak Hill Climb a car that not only turns heads but one that can provide a video feed of everything around the car. This car is fitted with 24 video cameras to provide this view and give us the look we want to enjoy of one of the most challenging courses to drive on. As one of the most admired sports cars on the market, the NSX is a great car for the job of leading the pack during a yellow caution flag.
Batman’s Tumbler NASCAR – Even movies can have their own version of advertising using a pace car. This car needed no light bar or signals as its easy enough to follow the Batman Tumbler around the track at the Michigan International Speedway for the Batman Begins 400 race. Adding more PR to the mix the starting of the engines was announced by Batman himself to have this NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race began. The lucky winner of this car certainly would have a car that will live not only in vehicle lore, but also in movie history to be one of our favorites of all time.
Dodge Viper Indy 500 – The Indianapolis 500 is possibly the most famous race in America and has a world following. This makes it a the perfect place to showcase a new model of sports car and when the Viper debuted in 1990 it was the pace car and was driven by none other than the legendary racer Caroll Shelby. This car came back for an encore in 1996 to be driving by Bob Lutz as a second-generation model. The Dodge Viper has been a car we have admired for many years and with some of the most famous names in the industry behind the wheel, scored huge wins for Dodge.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Indy 500 – Over the years the Corvette has been the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 more than once. The Z06 model that was featured for the 2015 race over Memorial Day weekend was beautifully decked out with logos and looked like it belonged on the track. The fact this car is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque is enough to make us know this car could have found its way in the pack if it were tapped to race alongside the Formula One cars.
Lexus RC F V8 Supercars – The Supercars series in Australia loves to use the Lexus RC-F as its pace car. For the V8 series this car represents an aggressive styling and powerful performance that rivals the cars that are competing on the track during the race. The version used is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that offers up 467 horsepower to the rear wheels making this a car that can easily pace the cars in the race and might even be strong enough to make it a car that could compete with the racers on this circuit that is on the continent down under.
Lexus LFA Grand Prix of Long Beach – The LFA wasn’t meant to be a pace car, but it was used in 2011 for the Grand Prix of Long Beach to gain interest in this new high powered sports car that came from Lexus. This is the most expensive car to ever be used as a pace car at $300,000. This beauty was powered by a 4.8-liter V10 engine that made 552 horsepower and could have been a car used for many years at this awesome race.