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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Have you ever seen these cars before?

Now you have.. We are used to seeing sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks and other 'normal' cars on the road. But if any of these beauties showed up, you sure bet everyone would be rubbernecking to see what is going on there.

Indeed, so many cars that have never been seen in this world. Of all those rare cars, we summarize as much as 5 cars that appeared in the 1990s and early 2000s. Here are 5 cars that you may have never seen before:

1. 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech ST
Looking like a futuristic Batmobile, this Aerotech ST was part of an experiment of high-speed vehicles by General Motors (GM) from 1987 until 1992. And A.J. Foyt, an Indy 500 winner who was the first to drive this car, and he set a course record of 257.123 mph (413.788 km/h) on August 27, 1987 at the Fort Stockton test track. The outright top speed of the car was 267.88 mph (431.10 km/h).
1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech ST. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1D9KJgl)
The first version know as the Short Tail (ST) was built around a March indycar chassis with an all-enveloping body. It was powered by the Oldsmobile Quad 4 which was a twin-turbocharged inline-4.

2. 1995 Ford GT90
Officially unveiled to the public in January 1995 at the Detroit Auto Show, the GT90 is finished in bright white with a bright blue and carbon fiber interior. It features a mid engine quad-turbocharged V12 that produces an estimated 720 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.
1995 Ford GT90. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Bb9Nae)
Its engine located in a honeycomb aluminium chassis with carbon fibre body panels showed off Ford’s “New Edge” design philosophy and was billed as a GT40 for the 1990s. As a result, it had a claimed top speed of 253 mph, which even by today’s standards would make it one of the fastest production cars in the world – faster even than a McLaren F1, which was widely considered the world’s preeminent supercar at the time.

3. 1998 Nissan R390 GT1
Unlike many others, Nissan built the road car first and built the racing version from it. Nissan R390 GT1 design was the work of Ian Callum at Tom Walkinshaw Racing. The concept behind the creation of the Nissan R390 GT1 was to push reliability and dynamic performance to the absolute limit without compromising the driveability of a street car. 

1998 Nissan R390 GT1. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1AJ6y87)
Behind the driver sits the heart of this true supercar is a Nissan s VRH35L twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre double-overhead-camshaft V8 engine with electronic sequential port fuel injection which produces 410kW at 6,800 rpm while complying with all European market exhaust gas regulations. R390 GT1 performance as one would expect is staggering and includes a sub-4.0 second zero to 100 km/h time.

Underneath the all-carbon fibre chassis is upper and lower A-arm suspension with coil springs at all four corners, inboard shock absorbers and front and rear anti-roll bars. Braking is handled by huge AP 14-inch vented front and rear disc brakes with six piston calipers and ABS. Inside are normal road car appliances such as full instrumentation and leather-covered driver and passenger racing seats.

4. 1999 Bentley Hunaudières
Bentley Hunaudières supercar has a 16-cylinder engine with 8 litre capacity. The engine has an output of 463 kW (623 bhp) and a maximum torque of 760 Nm (561 lb ft). Thanks to variable camshaft timing, 85% of the torque is available at as low as 1,500 revs.

The engine is made up of two banks of eight cylinders which are fitted at 72o to form a W, based on the VR principle with a cylinder angle of 15o. Another one off supercar and built with a a cost of over US. $1.5 Million.
1999 Bentley Hunaudières. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1D9MUki)
The name of 'Hunaudières' refers to the famous high-speed straight at Le Mans where the Bentley legend was born in the 1920's with five victories in the vingt quatre heures du Mans.

5. 2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept
The Firepower grand tourer concept car, making its debut at the 2005 North American International Auto Show, exudes Chrysler brand attributes of elegance and performance with high customer value.
2005 Chrysler Firepower Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1DS7pXO)
Painstakingly crafted, the elegant and powerful Firepower concept is an example of automotive design and engineering within the reach of Chrysler brand customers. The exterior and interior design, flush with fine materials and meticulous details, are matched with performance provided by a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 and a Dodge Viper-based chassis. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS.NET]
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