That said, it takes a particularly staunch fan to yearn for a celebrity’s race car—a vehicle they can’t just flaunt out on public roads. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what we have here, and we’ll pose the question: which of these two racers tugs at your heartstrings (and your wallet) the most?
A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, once campaigned by actor-and-racer Patrick Dempsey, or a Ford Taurus NASCAR race car driven by 2004 Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch? Be sure to voice those opinions in the comments below.
First off, the mechanical bits. While Busch’s NASCAR chassis boasts the “Taurus” name and headlights up front, there’s little to align this beast with its road-going Ford cousin. Underneath its “Sharpie” bonnet lies a carbureted 5.8-liter V8 engine, which in its day would have blasted out over 800 horsepower and unlocked speeds near and above 200 miles per hour. Yikes.
Inside, like most race cars, there isn’t much to write home about. If it isn’t necessary, it isn’t included. Then again Kurt Busch might have liked this spartan layout, according to the listing it earned him some pretty impressive results. Busch drove this Roush Racing Taurus (chassis #49) three times at the Daytona International Speedway in 2002, finishing 7th, 31st, and 4th, with the latter occurring at the Daytona 500.
He drove it again in April of that year, earning himself a stellar third place finish at Talladega for the Aarons 499. Its last outing came with an 11th place finish in 2003 at the Budweiser Shootout…once again, at Daytona.
Understandably, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a different animal altogether. These cars are indeed derived from the street-worthy 911 GT3s, albeit with every potential gram of unnecessary weight shaved. But what Porsche doesn’t provide in luxury, it more than provides in performance. The GT3 Cup leverages Porsche’s wonderful 3.8-liter flat-six, which twists 444 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.
It’s a potent setup for going racing, and according to the listing, this Dempsey Racing GT3 Cup car is the chassis that earned Patrick Dempsey a second place class finish at the 2013 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Cast your votes!