CarWow here have decided to use science itself to work out the most beautiful performance cars ever created.

Beauty is always a subjective thing. One thing, or in our case here, one car, might be beautiful to one person but ugly to the next. It’s just never possible to use science to decide what is attractive, and what isn’t—or is it? CarWow would disagree with us here. They have decided to use science itself to work out the most beautiful performance cars ever created. Think you know what the results might be? We can probably guarantee you will not be prepared for them.

How is this all calculated by CarWow then? Well, they have used the golden ratio. This goes back over 2,500 years and is a mathematical equation, used to benchmark ideal proportions. Architects were the main users of this method, Michelangelo himself apparently being a big fan of the golden ratio. It was used, according to CarWow, to paint the Creation of Adam. More recent times have seen it used to analyze the beauty of human faces, but CarWow has now applied it to 197 of the world’s best looking cars.

The full list is extensive but we will run through number one, and then highlights of the top 10. And number one is the 2019 Ferrari Monza SP1, and it aligned with the Golden Ratio by 61.75%. This was produced as a limited production run, and inspired by classic Ferraris such as the 750 Monza.

Strangely, this was the only car from the last decade to make CarWow’s list. Seven cars in the top 10 were from the 1960s, so the algorithm clearly does not see modern cars as things of beauty.

What about some of those cars in the top ten? Well, the top three were rounded out by the 1964 Ford GT40 and the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale. Looking at them, it’s hard to disagree. At number four, however, is the 1974 Lotus Elite, which was somehow ahead of the fifth-placed car, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

Out of the top ten, it’s arguable that the Lotus Elite is the worst looking of them all, ahead of even the Corvette C2 and Ferrari 330 P4. The number one Monza SP1 might also be quite a hot topic. Do you agree with CarWow’s list?

Originally published at hotcars