Supercars tend to exist more in our subconscious than they do in real life. Most of us will ever own one, but fantasize about them and research them to no end. For that reason, supercars in general tend to be a little like fashion. It’s always about the hot new thing. What’s out this year and what’s coming out next year. For that reason, there are some fantastic supercars that we all forgot about.
Aston Martin One-77
It’s odd that we could forget about the most expensive Aston Martin ever built, particularly because it was discontinued so frequently. It had everything going for it; 7.3-liter V12 engine and made 750 horsepower, a $1.4 million price tag and it looked like Jennifer Lawrence. Maybe we all just forgot about it in the wake of James Bond’s DB10.
It’s not often a car comes out that makes its rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini look like they’re standing still. Still why did we forget about the Noble M600? It had modified Volvo V8 from an S80 which made 650 horsepower. It had a three second 0-60 time and a top speed of 225 miles per hour. Crazy. Still it takes a certain kind of person to buy this car. Sort of a cross between a hot rodder and exotic enthusiast. Forgotten or not, it will always be cooler than a Ferrari 458.
Everybody remembers the Countach, but long forgotten is its younger brother, the Jalpa. This car is significant nonetheless as it really is a precursor to the Gallardo, the most successful Lamborghini of all time. It had a 3.5-liter DOHC V8 and made 255 horsepower. It was also featured in Rocky IV
Before the Veyron was the poorly named and now largely forgotten EB110SS. Although in many ways it was just as mad as the Veyron. It had 12 cylinders, but only 3.3 litres of displacement, 60 valves, four turbochargers and it made 603 horsepower at 8,250 rpm redline.
We tend to forget about the F1 because it’s “so last week”. Because it was the fastest car in the world, because it had a seat in the middle and because it had a gold-platted engine bay, it’s almost like we were waiting for the bigger, better thing to come along. So we got the ludicrous Bugatti Veyron to take its place, and the new McLaren P1.
The ultimate American-Italian marriage. It was designed by an American, built in Italy and powered by Ford’s 351 engine. While the engine was only about 310 horsepower, customers had no shortage of Ford performance parts available to spec up their car. The company went out of business in 1992 and supercar design moved towards the more flamboyant, making the Pantera much less of a household name.
Arguably the greatest Jaguar ever designed, even though it had a checkered history. Jaguar originally announced the car in 1988 and said that it would have a V12 and all wheel drive. Many customers ordered. Then the car was delayed for years and Jaguar faced lawsuit from customers who had paid for a car that didn’t exist. When the XJ220 finally came out in 1992, it was read wheel drive and fitted with a twin turbo V6. The result was a supercar that we would probably consider modern my today’s standards. It did 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of 213 miles per hour. A shame, plagued by its reputation, the car faded from memory.