We present ten of the coolest touring cars to ever have competed across the globe.
The revelation from Honda Yuasa Racing that they will compete with a Civic Tourer in the British Touring Car Championship next year (and the company’s gorgeous new World Touring Car Championship contender) got us recalling ‘the good old days’, remembering our preferred Scalectrix models as youngsters. Pretty soon we had a list of the production-derived tin top world’s finest racers.
1. Volvo 850 T5 Estate
Picture source – The Throttle
How could we start anywhere else? The Volvo 850 T5 estate, not known on the road as the most aerodynamically proficient of machines, is arguably the most memorable model in British Touring Car Championship history. At a time when Renault and Ford were putting their Laguna and Mondeo saloons to good use, Volvo found that a heavy rear and a tail happy estate could theoretically improve traction out of the corners. 14th and 15th in the 1994 standings for Rickard Rydell and Jan Lammers (with two fifth places the best result of the year) proved otherwise. Still, Volvo showrooms were suddenly all the rage, and the 850 was once again a hot product on the road.