Monza, the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series this year, is all about speed. Its nickname – the ‘Temple of Speed’ – has been around since the track was built in 1922, but that doesn’t quite do justice to just what a visceral experience it is. More so in a GT car than an F1 car in many ways, as the experience is much less abstract.
These are recognisable cars that need to be driven in a very real sense, rather than aerodynamic spaceships that bear about as much resemblance to everyday motoring as Iron Maiden does to Vivaldi.
That’s why GT racing is one of the most relevant forms of motorsport out there when it comes to developing technology. The cars you’ll see in GT racing are directly derived from road-going supercars – only faster, and more extreme – which is a key part of the appeal.