Five years ago, we presented a world cup for hot hatchbacks. Eight countries competed across three rounds to identify the best of them all. Well, now we’re doing it again, but for sports cars.
A straightforward repeat of our previous contest would be unimaginative, so we’ve binned the historical element, doubled the number of contenders and added a round. And if you didn’t think there were 16 sports car-producing countries out there, neither did we. But with just a little – or, in the opening round, quite a lot of – licence, there are. In fact, there are more, and we hope the people of Liechtenstein and the makers of the Quant E-Sportlimousine are not too distressed not to be featuring.
Most important, this is a contest of sports cars. Not sporting cars, supercars or hypercars. Yes, some countries have been granted a waiver to take part simply because their candidate is more super (or hyper) than sports, but the further removed from the philosophy of relative simplicity, lightness and driver involvement, the less likely it is for any contender to make it to the next round.
To us, a sports car is all these things and also not completely unaffordable, which is why, wild cards aside, we’ve imposed a £150,000 price cap on seeded entrants. And, yes, some of those wild cards do indeed fall some considerable distance from the sports car heartland, and if you’d tried to find 16 countries that make them, you’d know why. So, and without further ado, let battle commence.
You'll find the opening rounds through to the semi-finals here. Click here to skip to the final.
GERMANY VS POLAND
1. AUDI R8 V10 - Germany