25. Ford Sierra XR8
You may remember the Ford Sierra. It was the definitive ’80s Ford mid-size family model with rear-wheel drive. They sold it in America as the Merkur XR4Ti with a 2.3-liter turbo engine with modest success. But in South Africa, they had a different idea.
Ford SA produced a limited run of Sierra XR8 models featuring the 5.0-liter V8 engine straight out of the Mustang with 220 HP. In a light body with a manual transmission, the Sierra XR8 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. That made it perfect as the basis for a successful racing car.