6 Obscure Supercars of the Past

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'Venturi 400'

This good-looking French supercar is extremely rare as only 15 street versions were ever produced between 1994 and 1997. They were fitted with either a naturally aspirated 3 litre V6 or a turbocharged V6, producing 408 horsepower and 391 lbs/ft in the Trophy variant, used for racing whilst the 400 and 400GT were for the road. These models could attain speeds of about 180mph. The Venturi Trophy raced in the Gentlemen's Driving Trophy, which lasted for four years and gained the car some fame, although not enough to be remembered.

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'Vector W8'

As the Vector company grew, Gerald Weigert began creating a super cool car known as the Vector W8, improving on the W2 prototype that came before it. Except this car would actually enter production as a fast, good-looking supercar. Armed with a huge 6.0L twin-turbocharged V8, the Vector had a power of 625hp, reaching a maximum of 1200hp - proved by 'factory' dyno tests with 14psi of pressure! It was also shown that it could reach 242mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats, albeit with a less powerful engine and a full downforce rear wing. It's a shame that Vector shut down the company before it had a chance to thrive.

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'Spiess TC522'

Presented to the public in 1992, it had impressive power figures - 500hp and 590lbs/ft of torque from a 5.7 litre V8. Due to a full carbon fibre composite body, it weighed just over 1200kg and therefore could reach speeds of 211mph. The styling was quite elegant too, although it needs more sharp edges to compliment the round shape. There was a recession at that time, and a huge price tag meant it never truly became a supercar and remained an obscure prototype forever.

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'Lotec Sirius'

When it was first shown as a concept car in 2001, everyone saw this as a potentially great car, with the same V12 engine as the Pagani Zonda but producing up to 985 horsepower. Made of reinforced carbon fibre to reduce kerb weight, it sped up to 248mph, with 60mph reached in 3.8 seconds. When it became a production car in 2004, it had a sizeable price tag of $385,000 and a production output of just 4 cars per year due to limited resources. This meant by the time it was sold, people had forgotten about it. The Sirius could have definitely done better.

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'Cizeta V16T'

Styled similar to the Lamborghini Diablo but with a different power unit, the V16T was unique in many ways. Two flat-plane V8 engines were joined together to make a V16, then mounted longitudinally to make the car wider. This new motor produced 560hp and was enough to propel this torpedo to 204mph. Just 20 were produced in the original run from 1991 to 1995, but production resumed in 2006 - built upon customer request. The design was awesome but controversial, and combined with the $650,000 price tag (equivalent of $1.37 million in today's money), Cizeta went bankrupt.

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'Bristol Fighter'

Made from 2004 to 2011, the Bristol Fighter was officially classified as a sports car, although the figures show otherwise. A Dodge Viper V10 modified by Bristol to 525hp and 525 lbs/ft was amazing and they claim it can reach 210mph. It has a mesmerising design and gullwing door, and that gives it a weight of only 1600kg, more than enough for the power it was given. It is more agile and lighter than the Viper, so it drives better and performs well. Bankruptcy halted the production of the expensive (more than double the price of a Viper) Fighter and it was left behind in the past.


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