Are you super big on supercars? Does your knowledge out-accelerate everyone else's? These exciting vehicles push the limits of what's possible for the automobile, but they can also really test the limits of what you know. Supercars are truly amazing vehicles.
We've all wanted to drive one. Who wouldn't want to have that car that the valets fight over when you pull up to a restaurant?
But what does it take to be considered a supercar? There isn't an official definition, but many in the automotive industry have agreed on some loose standards. To qualify as a supercar, a vehicle must either be a grand tourer (GT) or sports car. That means luxury full-size sedans, SUVs, and other vehicles aren't included in this definition. Supercars generally are much faster, more powerful, quicker and considerably more expensive than other cars.
While quite a few supercars come from Europe, thanks in large part to Ferrari and Lamborghini, a growing number hail from other parts of the world. What's more, electrification is opening up new possibilities, so what we previously thought wasn't attainable is now becoming more common.
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The man who started it all ended his career and a lifetime of achievements with the F-40, the final car he would see his company create. It brought an F-1 experience to the road, and is still highly praised today.
Lexus had to create a special loom that can weave carbon fiber in 3-D to make the A-pillars on the LFA. All that carbon fiber helps keep the curb weight down, which combines with the 553-horsepower engine for quick acceleration.
McLaren put the driver in the middle of the cabin, ahead of the other two seats that were at the sides, a design that eliminated the need for an offset pedal box, which other supercars had and would force drivers to sit slightly crooked.
All Dodge Vipers were assembled by hand at the Conner Avenue Assembly plant, which is no longer in operation. The plan is to convert the building into a type of museum, which is better than letting it just sit.
The Porsche 959 was a technological marvel when it debuted in 1986, being the fastest street-legal car in the world. It featured innovations like electronic tire pressure monitoring, automatically adjustable suspension, and more.
In November of 2017, Koenigsegg went to Nevada on Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump to set this speed record, not long after the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport set the previous record.
Like many Lamborghini models, the Diablo was named after a bull used in fights during the 19th century. It was known for being particularly ferocious, culminating in an epic fight in 1869.
Pagani launched the Zonda supercar in 1999, wowing the automotive world. The company got the name Zonda from a wind that blows over Argentina, implying the vehicle is as fast as the wind.
The NSX was an ambitious project for Honda to take on in the late '80s, considering the automaker was mostly known for making economy cars. The exotic nature and breakthrough design of this supercar helped transform the company's image.
This hand-built, exotic American supercar had a heart that was all-American. It used a Ford 351 Windsor small block, combined with Cleveland-style valve heads, to produce 550 horsepower. A twin-turbo version produced 750 horsepower.
According to Ferrari, these two systems work together to help drivers accelerate better out of turns and to achieve more controlled handling at the limit, reducing the chance of crashing this supercar.
Noble Automotive is based in Leicestershire, making this a British supercar. Each one is built by hand, with carbon fiber and stainless steel for the structure, while a twin-turbo Volvo V-8 provides power.
This vehicle has been termed the most exclusive Aston Martin made during the "Gaydon era." The supercar was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009, and the final one was completed in 2012.
The fact the Countach debuted in the middle of the '70s, yet still in the '80s it was a favorite for posters and Trapper Keepers is a testament to the futuristic design of the supercar, which was really like noting else from that time period.
Even though some try to spin the XJ220 as some sort of disappointment, thanks to changes in the design during the development process, the car could still hit 212 mph, making it the fastest production vehicle from 1992 to 1993.
From 1967 to 1970, Toyota turned heads and changed perception of its brand with the 2000GT. It was created with considerable help from Yamaha, after an unsuccessful partnership with Nissan.
The BMW M1 was only made from 1978 to 1981, with just over 450 built. BMW refuses to reuse the name, which is treated with the kind of reverence any supercar arguably deserves.
The LaFerrari was the first hybrid vehicle built by the Italian automaker, and so was a big deal. It also boasted well over 900 horsepower and amazing performance, but when the project name leaked, Americans openly laughed at the possibility of the supercar sharing its name with a Ford truck.
Automotive newcomer Aspark shocked everyone when it posted proof that its Owl supercar can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 1.89 seconds. That time makes it the quickest production vehicle, but only 50 will be made.
The Rimac Concept One is an all-electric Croatian supercar that boasts over 1,200 horsepower and can hit a top speed of about 220 mph. The vehicle also uses all-wheel torque vectoring and go 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds.
Huayra is a Quechua wind god, which falls in line with the brand's habit of using wind references from South America for naming its vehicles. Top Gear magazine named it the top supercar of the year for 2012.
McLaren showed the world that hybrids didn't need to be boring, and in fact could push the limits of performance. The P1 does 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, beating out the McLaren F1 by 0.4 seconds.
Not only did this supercar produce plenty of power, it was able to achieve a new world speed record of 254.04 mph, which was officially validated by Guinness World Records.
Lamborghini outfitted the Gallardo with a V-10 for both generations. The first one displaced 5.0 liters , while the second engine displaced 5.2 liters, coinciding with a number of other improvements to the car that were introduced in 2005.
From 2011 to 2014, the Swedish automaker produced this supercar, which featured unique design elements like exposed carbon fiber on the hood, front side winglets, and a new Aero exhaust system.
Hennessey Performance has a knack for taking existing vehicles and pushing them to new limits. It used a Lotus Elise, plus a twin-turbo LSX V-8, and pushed it to a maximum 1,224 horsepower for explosive speed and acceleration.
Ferrari made the 250 GTO available to the public as a way to fulfill homologation requirements, which is where the "GTO" portion of the name originates. It stands for "Grand Turismo Omologato" or "Grand Touring Homologated."
To achieve that kind of output, engineers tuned the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 for maximum performance, at least with a factory warranty. The engine also produces 481 lb.-ft. of torque.
Back in the 1960s, after being rejected in efforts to buy Ferrari, Ford decided to teach the Italians a lesson in Le Mans endurance racing. The GT40s were able to claim several victories, effectively pushing Ferrari out of competition.
Viper ran from 1994 to 1998, starting as an NBC show and then being syndicated after the first season. The car was used as part of a fictional government crime-fighting force, which worked in fictional Metro City.
Porsche only made 918 of these plug-in hybrid supercars, sticking with the theme of the name. The 4.6-liter V-8 gasoline engine was placed in the middle of the chassis, while two electric motors worked with it.
SLR stands for "Sport Leicht Rennsport" or "Sport Light Racing." There were coupe and roadster versions of this supercar made, both using the same supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine.
After almost two years of development, the Koenigsegg CC made its first public appearance on the road at the Anderstorp race track back in 1996. Compared to other supercars made by the brand, the CC had a fairly tame appearance.
Lamborghini made the Aventador to appeal to the widest group of shoppers ever, thanks to rising sales and an increased interest in the brand worldwide. Still, the Aventador is no performance pushover.
Lotus was able to shed 132 pounds from the Evora 400, creating this supercar of epic capabilities. It can do 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 190 mph, all with a supercharged 6-cylinder engine.