7 March 2011

Vector W8 Twin Turbo - Obtuse. And Graphic

The Amazo Effect takes a look at the Vector W8 Twin Turbo. Oh my.

From Wikipedia:
The Vector W8 was a sports car produced from 1989 to 1993. It was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive, and was designed by Gerald Wiegert and David Kostka. The company claimed the newest and most advanced aerospace materials were used in building the W8s, which they said justified applying to the car the term "Aeromotive Engineering." Just 19 W8s were produced (17 customer cars and two pre-production cars, the prototype W2, and two prototype Avtech WX-3 and AWX3R with a mock up of the 7.0 liter DOHC TT engine evolution). A total of 22 automobiles produced by Vector Aeromotive over the life of the company. The car originally sold at retail for up to $455,000 USD new (on today's used market they are available from $200,000 to well over $1 million depending on the condition of the car.)
There were sevearl attempts to resurrect the design, most notably one with a Lamborghini V12, but it remains one of the great Supercar enigmas.
A childhood favourite of mine and nutty as squirrel poop, as supercars should be.

The Lambo-engined M12 version. er, no.

The W2 prototype. Michael Knight should have been driving this, it makes KITT look like a pussy.

And from the Amazo Archive: a Road & Track magazine feature from 1991.

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