The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
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It took over nine years to complete, but the Spirra - South Korea’s very first supercar - is now ready to be unveiled. Originally the Proto Spirra, this supercar is now the Oullim Spirra due to Oullim’s purchase of Proto back in 2007. It wasn’t without any rough patches, but manufacturer Oullim Motors now has its eyes set for an unveiling very soon.
Powered by a 2.7-liter V6 Hyundai that’s sourced with four different outputs, the Spirra’s low-end line will produce 173hp and 245Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The next model configuration will come with a small turbo that pushes up the performance to 326hp and 471Nm, while the third level pushes the output even further to around 402hp and 490Nm. The highest end and most powerful version will come with twin-turbos that produce somewhere around 444hp to 493hp and a maximum torque of 539Nm. This top-of-the-line version also comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox and goes from 0-60 mph in just a little over 3.5 seconds with a top speed of around 186mph.
The 2,600lb Spirra is constructed entirely by hand using pretty expensive materials, like carbon fiber, for the supercar’s body. Seeing that the market for locally-manufactured supercars are still slim pickings in South Korea, the Spirra’s unveiling will be a breakthrough for a country that’s slowly making head-way in the auto industry as being one of the foremost producers of quality cars in the world.
UPDATE 04/25/2011: Oullim Motors has unveiled a video detailing all of the steps they have to take to build their phenomenal hand-built supercar. This isn’t your typical machine-made, mass produced vehicle; plenty of TLC goes into every model made. Check it out by clicking on the picture above, plus check out all of the new images of the super car in the gallery provided!
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