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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Another 6 forgotten and obscure supercars known ever produced

Not that long ago, we published many of most forgotten supercars ever produced. That list could have looked much different had we put the emphasis on the nineties. As we all knew the nineties were probably the best years to produce and market a supercar. Because of stable economy condition, technological advancements and pop-up headlights that made all cars (especially supercars) look great.
1996 Vector M12. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ucSGZh)
Here they are another six forgotten and obscure supercars known ever produced in nineties.

1. Jaguar XJR-15
While Jaguar XJ220 certainly deserved more acclaim, its predecessor which was only built in 53 units between 1990 and 1992 (5 times less than the XJ220) is the one which we have picked here. It powered by Jaguar 6.0 litre V12 powerplant, and XJR-15 was able to produce 450 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
1990 Jaguar XJR-15. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ucSGZh)
There were supposedly 5 limited LM versions of the XJR-15, all sold in Japan. They were fitted with 7.4 litre V12s similar to XJR-9 race car’s engine, and were capable of making 700 horsepower.

2. Lister Storm
Lister Storm used Jaguar’s 7.0 ltre V12 powerplant previously mentioned together with the XJR-9. Here the engine made the power of 546 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque which was enough for 0 to 60 acceleration time of 4.1 seconds. That made it the fastest accelerating 4-seater saloon in the world until Brabus Rocket toppled it from that spot in 2006. Lister Storm was only built in four units, three of which survive today.
1993 Lister Storm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sKG3Ag)

3. Dauer 962 Le Mans
Another rare German car and another Porsche-derived one. Dauer 962 was based on Porsche 962 sports car. As its name suggests, it was specially designed for 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it did its job in thoroughly professional fashion – winning the competition in 1994. Dauer 962 was in production between 1993 and 1997, but road-legal cars only came after the mentioned Le Mans podium.
1994 Dauer 962 Le Mans. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sZsBNl)
Only a dozen or so were produced and they were fitted with Porsche’s well-known flat-six powerplant capable of putting up 730 horsepower. Needless to say, these supercars were hellishly fast reach up the figure of 251 mph, and 2.8 seconds for 0 to 60 fast, to be more precise.

4. Vector M12
Vectors were always underrated and while we have given the W8 some justice recently, We haven’t done the same with the M12. Vector M12 was neither that expensive nor flashy, really. After all, only 18 units were made between 1995 and 1999, and 14 were production models. 
1996 Vector M12. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sKqSHA)
The car carried 5.7 litre Lambo V12 and produced power up to 492 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque which wasn’t enough for more than 189 mph top speed and 4.8 seconds 0 to 60. Maybe it was the fact that it wasn’t one of the better supercars.

5. TVR Cerbera Speed 12
There can be only one is the catchphrase that suits this supercar perfectly. Its name, especially the speed part is another thing that fits right at home with this one. TVR Cerbera Speed 12 never moved on from the prototype phase, although the prototype car itself is road-legal, hence its appearance on this list. That’s because 2,425 pound car with 900 horsepower was simply way too fast for the general population back in 1997.
1997 TVR Cerbera Speed 12. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sKr7Cr)
Furthermore, in-house 7.7 litre V12 engine was highly underrated and probably produced power up to more 1,000 horsepower. It was intended for 24 Hours of Le Mans, but never made it to France. It did, however, compete in the GT1 class of the FIA GT Championship where it was restricted to more fashionable 660 horsepower.

6. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans
There was a time when Aston Martin built Virage instead of its predecessor and successor (at the same time) the Vantage. However, they did make close to 300 Vantages during the mid-nineties. They were supposed to be cutting edge, but ended up being beefed up, cumbersome supercharged V8 4-seat coupes.  Proudly given name of Le Mans, V8 Vantages came in 40-model limited run back in 1999. 
1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ucKokc)
They were made for two reasons: to commemorate Aston Martin’s Le Mans victory from 40 years ago and to kill off then current generation of Virage/Vantage which would never have passed the new regulations. And Le Mans models were capable of producing 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. By using a 5.3 litre V8 engine with dual superchargers was behind that and quoted 200 mph top speed, and need only in 4-second for 0 to 60 acceleration. (Wanna see another forgotten supercars) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GEARHEADS]
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