The 5 greatest British supercars of all time

And you can win one of them right here

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Us Brits have always been pretty decent at engineering. The steam engine, the Spitfire, the motorised roller skate – we can be pretty imaginative and ingenious folk.

The peak of roadgoing automotive engineering is undoubtedly the supercar, a machine that can totally recalibrate your sense of what a car can do in terms of performance and looks.

Omaze is giving you the chance to win one of the very finest modern British supercars, the McLaren 720S – you can enter here. But read on to find out where it fits in among the best fast cars to ever hail from this green and pleasant land.

Ascari A10

Rising to fame thanks to an infamous track test by Mr Clarkson, the A10 was the ultimate track weapon back in the noughties, created by the millionaire who owned the Ascari circuit in Spain. With its striking yellow livery with black stripes, this car was a sight to behold around the Top Gear test track, although you’ll be extremely lucky to see one on the road today.

Using the same BMW V8 as the KZ1 supercar before it, the A10 produced 625bhp that was sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. Along with its FIA-spec roll cage, it set the fastest time around the Top Gear track back in 2006 and has only been surpassed by eight cars since.

McLaren 720S

The 720S is on this list because no car has ever given you hypercar performance in a more usable package than this carbon-tubbed McLaren. Using a 4.0-litre version of the company’s twin turbo V8, you won’t find performance and looks like it for under £250,000.

60mph comes in under three seconds and it’ll smack the limiter at 212mph – those are P1 numbers but for a quarter of the price. Feel the need for that speed? You could win a McLaren 720S of your own! Continue reading to the bottom of the article to find out how one of these 710bhp supercars could be yours.

Jaguar XJ220

Once pilloried for its lack of a V12, this ‘90s Jag has now sprung back to the forefront of car collectors’ minds, with most examples now leaping over the £500,000 mark. It held the production car speed record for a measly couple of months before it was obliterated by the McLaren F1, but it did hold the Nürburgring lap record for a massive eight years, from 1992-2000. Can you imagine the lap record standing for that long these days?

Known for its boatloads of turbo lag and surprisingly good handling for its size, the XJ220 truly brought Le Mans to the road and is still a stunning piece of kit over 25 years on.

Noble M600

There’s a very cool toggle switch in the Noble M600 that must make it a rather intoxicating beast to drive. It lets you switch the engine tune between 450bhp, 550bhp and 650bhp, all without any stability control. Driving one of these rocket ships flat out takes skill and just a bit of bravery.

The 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 was a mishmash of Yamaha, Volvo and Judd engineering, and it powers the M600 to over 225mph. Considering its manual gearbox and its simple, timeless looks, the Noble M600 was – and still is – a British supercar legend.

Aston Martin One-77

Until Aston’s incoming mid-engined hypercars emerge from the factory, the One-77 still owns the crown of the most extreme road car the company has made. Pushing the Aston V12 to a frankly ridiculous 7.3-litres, this limited edition monster looks like one of those crazy concept cars that somehow made it to production.

It was a 750bhp, 220mph supercar that you’d be very lucky to see on the roads today. But simply knowing that these £1,150,000 supercars exist should ignite patriotic thoughts in any British petrolhead’s heart.

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Comments (38)

  • The McLaren F1 is THE ultimate supercar

      2 years ago
  • Am I the only one missing the Mc F1?, also the jag E Type? who did this list !?

      2 years ago
    • E Type was a supercar..

        2 years ago
    • Depends, back then the top end was supercars not hypercars, making the super cars, the hyper of their era ... damnn I got confused

        2 years ago
  • The mclaren F1 is the meaning of British supercars

      2 years ago
  • The TVR Cerbera was cheaper and faster than all of its rivals, also completely raving mad, surely worth a special mention

      2 years ago
  • Mclaren F1 is a Germany car company ?

      2 years ago