The Fastest Supercars you've probably never heard of
Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000
Built upon request by an Arab Oil Baron, the C1000 was a one-off supercar which was built almost entirely of carbon fibre, forming a futuristic shape. Many years before Pagani would use a Mercedes V12 in the Zonda, Lotec spent $3.4 million to develop this one-off car built to be nothing but the fastest.
Performance figures were only claimed and never made official, but a twin-turbo setup gave the Lotec power just shy of 1000 horsepower. Use of carbon fibre all over the body and chassis dropped its weight to 1080kg and a mighty top speed claim of 268 miles per hour.
Isdera Commendatore 112i
Despite a sleek, aerodynamic design and high performance claims, Isdera went bankrupt when they had only completed the one prototype shown at Frankfurt in 1993. The Commendatore was faster and more exotic than the Imperator that came before it, and was inspired by Group C racers. With the right funding, it could have been a dream to own.
Built on a tubular steel spaceframe chassis, the Porsche-looking 112i had huge intakes to feed more air into the 6 litre Mercedes-Benz V12. The power stood at just 408 horsepower and 428 lbs/ft of torque. Utilising many interesting features including an electronic airbrake and a velocity sensitive chassis, it was claimed that it could reach speeds of 212 miles per hour. A very bold claim for a car only as powerful as a beefy, sports saloon, but a possibly true claim nonetheless...
Invicta was resurrected for a second time, this time to build cars. The only car that ever left the factory this time however was the S1. This gorgeous sports model housed a V8 under the wide, long hood. Similar to the Commendatore, it had a steel tube chassis and a carbon fibre body, except with a much more impressive power output.
With either a 4.6 litre or 5 litre supercharged V8 engine, the S1 was able to deliver a hefty 600 horsepower and 575 lbs/ft of torque with tuning from Invicta. They had claimed a top speed of over 200 miles per hour, but loss of money meant that Invicta fell back into the dust. The S1 could have brought the marque back.
When McLaren F1 engineers collaborated with Caparo Vehicle Technologies (CVT), they created the Formula 1 inspired T1 supercar. Its two-seater glass cockpit sits just mere centimetres from the ground, giving a open-wheel racing feel similar to the much cheaper BAC MONO. Prices for the T1 began at £235,000 and just 16 examples have been sold so far.
With a dry weight less than an Ariel Atom 500, this bullet sticks to the road and corners just like a racing prototype with a sugar rush. And with a 3.5 litre V8 behind the driver, it produces a huge 575 horsepower and 310 lbs/ft of torque - enough to send a brown object through the pants at any speed. Whether that be at launch of this missile, or halfway to a top speed of 205 miles per hour!
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