Here Are Your 14 Best Looking Single-Seater Race Cars

Single-seater racing has been a part of motorsport for ages and graced us with some stunning cars. Recently we shared our best looking single-seaters and you came back with more beautiful suggestions

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1. Brawn BGP 001

As suggested by BMrcock
As suggested by BMrcock

The 2009 aero package wasn’t for everyone but the simple livery complimented the BGP 001 well and made it stand out from the rest. Jenson Button took it to the F1 drivers’ title that year.

2. Maserati 8CTF

As suggested by Ollie Young
As suggested by Ollie Young

How about this for a contender? This is a pre-F1 era single-seater than raced under Grand Prix regulations in 1938. A timeless beauty, don’t you think?

3. McLaren M23

As suggested by Jakob Larsson
As suggested by Jakob Larsson

The McLaren M23 had a long history in F1 and took the team to the 1974 title, as well as picking up two drivers’ championships with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt.

4. GPE16 – “JLo”

As suggested by Jan Sajt Duh
As suggested by Jan Sajt Duh

This was a really cool suggestion – a Formula Student car. In case you don’t know, Formula Student is a competition where universities from all over the world make cars for design competitions.

5. Lotus 72

As suggested by RoyP
As suggested by RoyP

The Lotus 72 was a beautiful but innovative Colin Chapman design and achieved five F1 world titles – two teams’ championships and three drivers’ crowns.

6. Lotus 98T

As suggested by Batman
As suggested by Batman

The Lotus 98T was raced by the great Ayrton Senna in 1986, with the Brazilian winning two races with it. The car was the last to run in F1 with the black and gold colours of John Player Special.

7. FR2.0/13

As suggested by Burjis Elavia
As suggested by Burjis Elavia

The current Formula Renault 2.0 car is a cute but quick looking racer - one of the entry-level single-seater categories. It looks particularly neat in this Force India F1-esque livery.

8. Force India VJM09

As suggested by ₩!Ź@ŔĐ Transit supervan
As suggested by ₩!Ź@ŔĐ Transit supervan

Speaking of Force India, the VJM09 is an unusual yet intriguing looking F1 car. It’s currently being raced in F1 by Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg and has become famous for its ‘nostrils’ on the front nose.

9. Lotus 79

As suggested by Dylan Smit
As suggested by Dylan Smit

Another Lotus on this list, but that’s not surprising: the British marque made some of the most beautiful cars in F1 history in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The 79 was the first F1 car to use full ground effect and won the 1978 titles with Mario Andretti.

10. Arrows A22

As suggested by MacKovisch
As suggested by MacKovisch

The Arrows A22 was a pretty slow car and was one of the worst from the 2001 F1 season, but its striking livery and sleek design made it a beauty.

11. Jordan 197

As suggested by Zac Woodward
As suggested by Zac Woodward

The Jordan 197 was raced in the 1997 F1 season, as the name suggests. Its yellow colour scheme and sharp exterior design made it arguably the most attractive car on the grid that year.

12. Leyton House CG901

As suggested by Guillermo Tebar Navarro
As suggested by Guillermo Tebar Navarro

This was an inconsistent F1 car that showed flashes of speed in the late 1980s. It was designed by Adrian Newey and certainly looked great - it’s just a shame it performed so poorly.

13. Mygale M14-F4

As suggested by Jamie Lee Jones
As suggested by Jamie Lee Jones

The current British F4 car is a smart little single-seater and looks even better in this awesome chrome blue livery.

14. CRG Black Star Kart

As suggested by Robert Szekrenyes
As suggested by Robert Szekrenyes

So a kart can count as a single-seater race car, right? It’s open wheeled, has one driver and is a highly competitive racing machine. The CRG Black Star chassis looks particularly nimble and mean, for a kart.

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