The world of supercars and hypercars is one filled with mind-boggling numbers, statistics, and stories. The inherent pursuit of creating such a machine is one that pushes designers and engineers to challenge all preconceived notions of car design, and that is why these projects often yield some of the most marvelous results.
However, aside from simply the sheer numbers on a dyno chart, there is much more to many of the world's most beloved supercars than what meets the eye, so here is a list of ten facts you may not already know about some of the most iconic cars on the road ( and track).
10 A V6 Corvette?
Although the Corvette is known worldwide for its famed American LS V8 engine, it was not always the configuration the racing legend was fitted with. In its 1953 and 1954 production years, the Corvette was remarkably powered by an obscure inline six-cylinder engine named the "Sovebolt" that was ridiculously understated.
Poor sales for these two model years led Chevrolet to adapt and eventually standardize the V8 for all Corvettes after that but has led the 1953 and 1954 models to be the most obscure Corvettes to date.
9 $112,000 in bolts
The Pagani Huayra has one strangely expensive attribute that differentiates it from virtually every other car around its price. The composition of the vehicle is held together by 1,400 unique bolts that were designed and laser-etched specifically for the Huayra and cost nearly $80 apiece.
This leads to literally over a hundred thousand dollars of cost lent specifically to bolts and is a feature that is unique to the Huayra amongst every supercar on earth.
8 Lamborghini tractors
Despite establishing itself today as one of the pinnacles of the world of supercars, Lamborghini's roots were significantly more humble than the price tag of its vehicles suggests.
Ferruccio Lamborghini initially founded his company as a farm tractor manufacturer during World War 2 but shifted focus upon further discovering his own magnificent mechanical expertise. Upon investigating a clutch failure in a Ferrari, Ferruccio decided to take it upon himself to create something better, thus beginning Ferrari's longest standing and most consistent competitor, Lamborghini.
7 Chevrolet McLaren
Back in the 1990s when McLaren was establishing a foothold as a new manufacturer of high powered road vehicles they needed a way to test out their new transmission and brakes for their upcoming F1 model. The F1 would boast a BMW-sourced V12, and thus, the company needed something with large power and displacement to put their transmission and brakes to the test.
Because of this, they employed the famed 7.4L big-block V8 developed by Chevrolet to make sure their parts would handle the BMW V12, which it did spectacularly, and became a pinnacle of modern racing innovation.
6 Porsche's mind-blowingly fast automatic
Although Porsche is known for its legendary fast transmissions, many don't know exactly how fast the vehicles fitted with it can change gears. Well, Porsche reports that the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (Porsche Dual-Clutch), also known as the PDK, can shift up and down gears in less than one-one hundredth of a second, faster than any human being could physically compose the thought and subsequently execute the action of a shift.
This remarkable speed of gear change lends a hand to such supercars as the Porsche 918 Spyder being able to decimate any racetrack it is put on.
5 Handmade in Japan
Unlike literally every other car in its line-up, produced on an assembly line mostly by robots at a massive scale, Nissan makes a distinction when it comes to their most expensive model, the GTR.
The engine, a twin-turbo six cylinder, is entirely hand-built in Japan, and further, it is even engraved with the name of the specific engineer that assembled each engine, lending a personal touch to each car not found anywhere outside of places such as Mercedes-Benz's AMG line or bespoke supercar manufacturers.
4 Thirsty Hellcat
Everybody involved in the automotive world knows the earth-shaking power of the Dodge Hellcat twins, the Charger and the Challenger, but many don't know exactly how much liquid it takes to keep that gigantic supercharged V8 pumping out 707 horsepower consistently.
Well, believe it or not, the stock fuel injectors of the Hellcat have the tendency to drain the equivalent of an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 361 days of consistent use. The car's eight fuel injectors all intake roughly 600 cubic centimeters per minute of use, some of the highest intakes of any production car ever made.
3 Basic Vipers
The Viper has always been the Corvette's evil brother in terms of American high-powered vehicles, but its ethos of putting the smallest amount of car possible between the driver and all that raw power is never exemplified more than in its earliest offering, which saw the car boast absolutely zero features.
No door windows, door handles, or even anti-lock brakes would grace the first model Viper, leaving new buyers weighing safety and speed when considering a purchase.
2 Pagani by Mercedes
Although it's common knowledge that automotive manufacturers often join forces behind closed doors to produce new automobiles. Toyota and BMW co-developed the new Z4 and Supra, respectively, as well as companies such as Buick using McLaren technology even as far back as thirty years ago, but one particular mash-up of automotive tech that stands out is Mercedes and Pagani.
The engine on the Huayra is actually developed and produced completely by AMG for practical application in the Huayra platform, so all that raw legendary power associated with Pagani can actually be traced directly back to AMG.
1 Volkswagen's unidentical twins
The Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan exist in their own realms, with the type of buyer often somewhat removed from one another, but what many aren't aware of is how the two are nearly identical in composition, save for body design.
The R8 and Huracan were produced on the exact same line and share a chassis and interior layout. The power numbers are even reasonably similar, leaving the main differentiation in these two seemingly vastly different cars to exterior looks.