We all love supercars. While supercars like McLaren 720s and the Ferrari 458 are on the tip of our tongue when we start talking about supercars, there are some supercars which were pioneers but we don't remember them. So now is the time to remember the forgotten beasts.
The Noble M600 gained a fair amount of attention by car journalists. While it might not be a looker like most supercars, the M600 was a supercar that was made to please the driver. Handbuilt in Britain, the M600 can be regareded as a Drivers' Supercar.
Ahh... the beautiful Spyker C8. Sleek, luxurious, and quick: the C8 is one of the finest car to roll out of Netherlands. The V8 engine and the six-speed semi-auto gearbox are borrowed straight from the Audi S4. Capable of producing 400hp, the Audi V8 can propel the C8 to 60mph in 4.5 seconds.
While most RUFs are based on 911s, the CTR3 is an exception. It is based on a bespoke platform developed by RUF. The CTR3. The turbo charged flat 6 engine produces 777 hp and has a torque output of 980 Nm (723 lb ft). All that power is fed to the rear wheels by a 6 speed manual or an optional 7 speed double clutch gear box.
Handbuilt in America, the S7 made its debut on August 19, 2000 at the Monterey Historic Races. The body is entirely made from carbon-fibre and the all-aluminium engine is derivative of Ford's 351 Windsor small block with Cleveland-style canted valve heads. The engine produces 750hp.
With its 1000 horsepower and a claimed top speed of 268mph, the Lotec C1000 was a beast. But it's okay if you haven't heard of it because the C1000 was a one-of-a-kind machine. The 5.6-liter Mercedes V8 that was enriched by twin turbochargers is capable of propelling the Lotec to 62mph in 3.2 seconds and 125mph in 8.1 seconds.
The Lynkan HyperSport might not be as forgotten as other cars on this list because of its appearances in the Fast and Furious movie, it is still not known to many. Limited to only 7 units, the Lykan HyperSport is also dubbed as the “first Arab supercar”.
SSC Ultimate Aero TT
The Ultimate Aero was no Veyron but it was probably the first car to give the veyron a proper headache. The Aero offered a higher top speed than the Veyron at a fraction of the price. The Corvette 5.7-litre LS6 small-block V8 in the Aero produced 1183bhp and 1094lb ft of torque.
Nissan R390 GT1
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Way before Nissan unveiled the GTR, there was this, the R390 GT1. Featuring a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V8 capable of producing 550 horsepower, the GT1 was the road-going result of the Nissan’s development program for a 24 Hours of Le Mans GT-class racer at the end of the 1990s.
Limited to just 99 units, the Spani became popular because of its appearance in the Need For Speed movie. The Spano had pioneering technology and striking aesthetics.
Hands up who remembers the Venturi 400GT supercar? Hmm... the hands are quite less. The 400GT is a very rare French supercar. Venturi was deemed to be France’s answer to elites like Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin. Released in 1992, with its cool wedge-like styling, this was the most powerful French car. Brillante, N'est-ce pas?