Look, unless you're a Formula One driver, there's a very good chance your car isn't very good at social distancing. Most of them have this pesky ability to accommodate more than one, and most people have this incredibly pesky ability to ask for rides when they see one more more empty seat in your car.
Look buddy, it isn't free real estate, alright?
Of course, with a pandemic still raging with no end in sight, and in some places getting worse, it's far more acceptable to be a
antisocial grump responsible, socially-distant citizen and be alone in your car.
But with the cars listed below, being socially distant isn't a choice, it's a way of life.
Yes, while you can't drive any of them over here, owing to various reasons, you can still dream. And while you're at it, you can dream about your next holiday, heaven only knows when that'll be…
Looking at the BAC Mono, the last thing it probably needed was less weight and more power. However, that’s exactly what the British carmaker has done with the second-generation Mono.
It’s still as light as ever, tipping the scales at a barely-there 570kg, and now touting a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 332hp. This gives it a power-to-weight ratio of a staggering 582hp/tonne, which makes it hypercar powerful.
Despite its minimalist ethos (and lack of a roof), the Mono has spaceship levels of tech, with its graphene-infused carbon fibre body, 3D-printed components and ultra-lightweight wheels that weigh 35 percent less than before while keeping the same strength.
Whatever you do, don’t let the vaguely toy-like dimensions of the Ford FF1 lull you into a false sense of security. It may look fairly comical, like a Formula One race car shorn of its aerodynamic addenda, but don’t forget many former and current racers got their start in single-seater racers in something similar to the FF1.
The FF1’s model name is holds a clue to its performance, a stylised acronym for Formula Ford. Powering the FF1 is a 1-litre turbocharged engine producing just over 200hp, but it doesn’t really matter, because it has just 495kg to push around.
It’s so quick that its lap time at the Nurburging Nordschleife eclipses that of bona fide hypercars such as the Ferrari Enzo and Pagani Zonda. Still think it’s a toy?
Honda Project 2&4
The worst thing about the Honda Project 2&4 is that it’s a thought exercise, a collaborative effort between its motorcycle and automobile divisions. You heard right, it’s a sort of motorbike/car hybrid. While that might seem odd for most manufacturers, it’s certainly not the case for Honda.
You see, Honda initially got its start making motorcycles, with the cars only coming later on. Powering the Project 2&4 is a V4 engine lifted straight from the manufacturer’s MotoGP race bike, producing 215hp and revving to a heady 14,000rpm, driving the wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
With a length of just over 3m and a kerb weight a little over 405kg, its line were inspired by a Honda Formula One race car from the 1960s.That, along with its modern race bike engine makes the Project 2&4 the sort of hybrid we as petrolheads can fully get behind.
All Lamborghinis are extreme to some extent, but some are more extreme than others, and the Egoista represents the far end of extreme. Unveiled in 2013, as a gift to itself on the occassion of its 50th birthday, the Egoista takes the carmaker’s modern jet fighter styling cues to its logical conclusion.
The Gallardo-based one-off features a central driving position, ingress is achieved by opening the tinted glass canopy and first removing the wheel. Some lighting systems are located on the top and side of the car, again like a jet fighter and active aerodynamics move body panels around to maximise downforce or minimise drag.
However, that’s not the maddest, most jet fighter-like thing about the Egoista. That particular honour belongs to the way its body and wheels are made of radar-absorbing materials, which could come in handy in case someone decides to launch a radar-guided missile at you.
McLaren F1 GTR
If you own a McLaren F1, even the bog-standard (we’re using the term loosely) you’re obviously a very, very lucky person, one of around 70 people on the planet who have one. If you own a McLaren F1 GTR, the race car that was converted from a road car, with some converted back to road use, you’re among automotive royalty.
Now, while this might seem like an excuse for us to talk about one of the most storied, timeless supercars of the modern era, there’s a good reason why the F1 GTR makes this list. All F1s have a central seating position, with the passengers placed to the side of the driver, but only the race-bred GTR eliminates those extra two seats for a true single-seater experience.
Oh, and there’s also the small matter of its epic 6-litre V12, sourced from BMW. The one you see pictured here is the so-called ‘Longtail’ variant, named for its elongated rump, for better high-speed ability. It was restored to showroom-fresh spec several years ago, and while we can’t really put a price estimate on it, a pretty safe bet would be ‘stratospheric’ or ‘priceless’.