Widely heralded as the world’s first supercar, the XKSS was the true embodiment of ‘racing car for the road’. Famously driven by James Dean, the XKSS was essentially one of Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning D-Types with a windscreen and a bit of extra practicality. At the time – during the ’50s – there was almost nothing this fast or focused on the road.
Porsche 911 2.7 RS
It’s no secret that classic Porsche values have skyrocketed over the last 10 years, but there’s one particular model that’s outgrown the rest. The Porsche 911 2.7 RS, with its ducktail spoiler, larger engine and lightweight approach is perhaps the purest 911 experience you can have. Produced in very limited numbers, these 2.7 RS variants often command price tags of over £500,000
The Jaguar XJR-15 is a one of the most focused road cars ever produced, having been directly derived from the Jaguar XJR-9 that won at Le Mans in 1988. The carbon fibre tub and high-tech racing suspension both came directly from the Le Mans racer, with a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 450hp. That’s not too much by today’s standards, but with a kerbweight of just 1050kg you could expect 0-60mph in under four seconds and a top speed of 215mph.
You’ve no doubt heard of the Chiron and the Veyron, but before them both came the EB110. Only 139 were ever built, making it quite the rarity, and it’s powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 engine. It’s capable of the kind of speeds known to modern Bugatti fans, too, with a top speed of 217mph and 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds.
Not a name you normally associate with the world of high-end supercars, Lexus began production of the LFA in late 2010. Only 500 were ever built, and this technological Japanese masterpiece was powered by a 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine. It was built around a carbon fibre reinforced polymer monocoque and a carbon fibre body, weighing in at just 1480kg.
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spider
One-of-seven to be produced, this hand-crafted car comes from coachbuilders, Touring Superleggera, and is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider. The design is inspired by the Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante of the ‘50s, but this modern day interpretation has a little more power; underneath the bonnet is a 4.7-litre V8.
Porsche 911 GT1
Homologated from the car that won Le Mans in 1998, the 911 GT1 is perhaps the most extreme Porsche road car ever built. Underneath the carbon fibre bodyshell is a 3.2-litre flat-six twin-turbocharged engine with 550hp and slightly softer independent double wishbone suspension compared with the racing car.
The Hypercar Holy Trinity
The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder together sparked the latest argument on which is the best supercar in the world. At City Concours visitors will have the chance to decide for themselves as all three gather on the Honourable Artillery Company lawns.