DAYS OF THUNDER -1990 TOM CRUISEAlamy



"All drivers to your cars, please, all drivers to your cars."

Ah professional automobile racing. Nothing can top the incredible speed, lightning dexterity, and thrill of engines roaring as these modern-day chariots whip across smoking asphalt.

Although translating the feeling of cars racing onto the big screen can be a challenge, it has been done before, captured with indelible accuracy by actual actors who race, like Steve McQueen in "Le Mans," or taken to the level of video game abstraction, like Pixar's "Cars."

With the release of Ron Howard's true-life Formula One drama "Rush" about the 1976 rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl), let's take the opportunity to infographically pay tribute to cinema's coolest competitive cars as they make their way around the track lap with nostalgic fury.

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