5 Modern Supercars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Five supercars, with a total power output of 5.415 horsepower, are here. I am sure that you simply do not know enough about them. Modern supercars and hypercars you have probably never heard of are quite numerous actually. Apart from these, I could have also listed the Rezvani Beast, the Trion Nemesis RR, the Apollo Arrow, the Arash AF10, the Devel Sixteen, and the Arrinera Hussarya, among others. But what is the point as many of these will simply cease to exist as time plays its dirty game and erases them from history. Yet, the five I chose may stick around a bit longer than expected.
Zenvo found itself in major headlines exactly three times. The first time when it showed its ST1 supercar in 2009. The second time when one of the cars caught fire on TopGear’s track with Jeremy Clarkson behind the wheel (what a great place to catch on fire,) and the third time when the Denmark-based company revealed the TSR-S. This is a highly exclusive version of the ST1, only five of which will be produced each year. But it is not the exclusivity, price of $2 million (yet undisclosed but likely,) or 1,177 horsepower that made the Zenvo TSR-S reach headlines. It was the rear wing - an active aerodynamic part that dramatically moves in order to provide as much downforce as possible. Of course, this was such a radical setup that Zenvo had to use a lot of sciency words to explain it all to the public. So enjoy:
“When the centripetal wing tilts away from the absolute horizontal, the downforce stays perpendicular to the plane of the wing thereby generating a centripetal force. This centripetal force reduces the tendency of the rear end to break away - a trait that is inherent for a mid-engine car.”
Yup, that wing is definitely the highlight of the new TSR-S, but the rest of it doesn’t exactly feel civil either. All the aero surfaces have been enlarged, thus creating a rather incredible visual experience. Apart from extreme aero, Zenvo tried to cut some pounds. Carbon fiber was the material of choice. Many of the trim pieces inside and outside have been made of it. If you don’t select the sat nav, air conditioning, or electric seats on the options list, you won’t get them. Sound insulation? Dream on. After all, this is a hardcore evolution of the ST1. Insulation isn’t required.
As for the motivation, the 5.8-liter V-8 with two centripetal superchargers continues to be the backbone of the car. With 1,177 horsepower and the seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox, the TSR-S can surge to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. 124 mph is done in 6.8 seconds. Top speed is listed at 202 mph. Mad.
2019 Zenvo TSR-S Powertrain And Performance Specs
|0 to 60 mph||2.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||202 mph|
Read our full review on the 2019 Zenvo TSR-S.
This is a brainchild of the Chinese electric brand NextEV, and it is the fastest road-going electric car to lap the Nurburgring. It did so in 6 minutes and 45 seconds. Actually, this made it the fastest road-legal car to lap the ring. Ever. What the heck is it all about then?
The Nio EP9, which made its debut Saatchi Gallery in London, England, is a halo car for the company which focuses on creating EVs. Apart from reaching all kinds of tracks all over the world, the limited production car actually is a neat piece of kit. Four electric motors produce one megawatt of power (just like the Koenigsegg One:1) and can propel it to some extreme speeds. For example, 1,341 horsepower will launch the EP9 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds. A hot hatch would do 62 mph in the same time.
But this car isn’t all about power. The Chinese really tried to improve the aerodynamics. They even had a tad easier job compared with the mid-engine car producers. With electric motors, the Nio EP9 turned out to be really low, but also really wide (86.6 inches). The reason for such width partially falls to the integration of batteries in the side sills and within the wheelbase thus allowing for the massive Venturi tunnel.
2019 Nio EP9 Powertrain And Performance Specs
|Drive type||All-electric AWD|
|Drive motors||Four independent electric motors|
|Transmission||Four independent gearboxes|
|Horsepower||1,341 hp (1 megawatt)|
|Range per charge||265 miles|
|0 to 62 mph||2.7 seconds|
|0 to 124 mph||7.1 seconds|
|0 to 186 mph||15.9 seconds|
|Top speed||195 mph|
Read our full review on the 2019 Nio EP9.
Presented all the way back in 2009, the GTA Spano (only a concept at the time) promised to put Spain on the supercar map. The recipe for success is a car that uses a rather remarkable chassis composed of carbon fiber and titanium. But, just when you thought GTA Spano went all super advanced, they reached out to Dodge and bought an 8.4-liter V-10 from the Viper. It’s planted behind the seats and not in its stock form either. With two turbochargers, the mid-mounted engine develops a staggering 840 horsepower. Even the most powerful Ferrari of today could not reach these numbers (save for the hybrid LaFerrari.) Then, instead of using some sort of an automatic, GTA Motors mated the Viper-sourced engine with a sequential gearbox.
Such force packed in a tiny 2,976-pounds car definitely sounds like a recipe for disaster (and not a recipe for putting Spain on the supercar map). But, truth be told, those who experienced the Spano can attest to its insane speed. In numbers, it goes like this - 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 230 mph.
The thing about the Spano is its limited availability. Back in 2009, GTA Motors announced they would produce 99 units, but as of this day, we don’t exactly know if they ever reached that goal. Some sources, however, do suggest that the Spano is currently at $1.5 million mark price-wise.
All in all, this is not exactly the most famous supercar, but it is definitely one that will be talked about for a long time to come.
2015 GTA Motors Spano Powertrain And Performance Specs
|0 to 60 mpg||2.9 seconds|
|Top speed||370 KM/H (230 MPH)|
Read our full review on the 2015 GTA Motors Spano.
As the first Arab supercar, the W Motors Lykan Hypersport showcased that a lot of money in one place can do wonders. Introduced in 2013 and further showcased in the Fast and Furious 7 movie, the Lykan Hypersport features all the important go-faster bits a gearhead of today could possibly want. Its mid-engine setup includes a twin-turbocharged boxer-six crate engine from German tuner RUF. If you are into Porsche, you definitely know a thing or two about RUF. And, if I am to guess, I would say that the engine in the Lykan deep down has a few Porsche engravings on it as well, but that is just me. What it definitely has is 770 horsepower and incredible 750 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel each of the 7 Lykan Hypersport cars to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.
Apart from being really, really fast, the Lykan Hypersport offers a wide variety of luxuries including headlights decorated with real jewels, diamonds, and rubies. If you are thinking dollars right now, don’t worry you are definitely normal. The Lykan Hypersport is so expensive that anyone who bought it got a freaking $200,000 Cyrus Klepcy watch as a freaking gift. If you are still interested, then this number will discourage you - $3,400.000. But you get a 3D holographic screen as an infotainment system control inside. It is insanely cool.
2013 Lykan Hypersport Powertrain And Performance Specs
|Engine||twin-turbocharged boxer-six crate engine|
|Top Speed||245 mph|
Read our full review on the 2013 Lykan Hypersport
First of all, it does not have anything to do with Kylo Ren. At all. It is, in fact, a Chinese track-only supercar that was displayed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It does have six motors in its most aspirated version. Two motors for the front axle and four for the back, all coming together for combined power output of 1,287 horsepower and 1,725 pound-feet of torque. That is a lot. So much so that despite its weight of 4,087 lbs, it has a power to weight ratio of 694 horsepower per ton. More importantly, though, it sports a unique diesel power turbine range extender. This tech can recharge the batteries and help to enable the Ren RS to achieve an incredible range of 727 miles. A diesel powered turbine uses 21 gallons of fuel to achieve such a result.
With so much power, this track only concoction will hit 62 mph in 3 seconds and achieve up to 205 mph. I guess that the mid acceleration is actually far more impressive. The carbon fiber monocoque for the Ren RS offers seating for one, compared with the seating for three in the road-going Ren. It remains to be seen if the Ren RS will actually reach any tracks or set some crazy records like its other electric Chinese brother - the Nio EP9.
2018 Techrules Ren RS. Powertrain And Performance Specs
|Engine||single 30-kW turbine or two 80-kW turbines|
|0 to 60 mph||3 seconds|
|Top Speed||205 mph|
Read our full review on the 2018 Techrules Ren RS.
As with sports cars, the supercars and hypercars of the world are the perfect starting point for any car company. Acting as halo cars, supercars promote the company, enable it to get into the spotlight, and attract some serious funding. Just check out what Pagani did with the Zonda, or Rimac with the Concept One. Yet, it is not often that these adventures into the supercar unknowns go as planned for those who dare. I am really interested in seeing if any of these names listed above will mean anything in ten years’ time.