• The Vector W8 Is The Craziest Supercar Ever Made

It came from the brilliant mind of Gerald “Jerry” Wiegert

Back in the 1990s, small supercar manufacturers looking to steal a pie slice from the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari had to come up with audacious designs just to enjoy some attention. Case in point: the outrageous W8, developed by California-based Vector.

The Vector W8 Is The Craziest Supercar Ever Made
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Courtesy of a 6.0-liter, aluminum-block-and-head V-8 engine hidden under a Batmobile-esque body made of carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass, the W8 (W comes from Wiegert, 8 from the number of cylinders) could sprint to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Vector also claimed a top speed of 242 mph. The engine was bolted to a three-speed automatic gearbox while stopping power came from hydraulically ventilated disc brakes on all four corners. With an output of 625 horsepower courtesy of the said engine and two Garrett turbos, the W8 could also clear the quarter mile in 12 seconds at 124 mph.

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Vector W8 specifications
Engine 6.0 liter V-8
Horsepower 625 HP @ @ 5700 RPM
Torque 600+ ft./lbs. @ 4900 RPM
0 to 60 mph 4.2 seconds
Top Speed 242 mph
Quarter mile 12 seconds
Quarter mile speed 124 mph
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Sadly, the W8 was short-lived as Vector was hit by financial troubles after it managed to assemble just 17 customer cars and two prototypes used for pre-production testing and calibration.

Even if the company went bankrupt, the W8 remains an audacious example of what a small carmaker can accomplish with enough drive and passion even when it’s taking on industry giants like Ferrari and Lamborghini.

As for the W8’s quirks and features, well, we’ll let specialist Doug DeMuro do the talking.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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