The allure of driving at high speeds while others envy your car has been irresistible to many of us. We stuck posters of Lamborghinis or Ferraris on our bedroom wall and fantasized how it would feel to show up at school with those cars. Once we graduated, we learned about paying bills and the price of supercars.
Since most of us realized that we could not afford supercars, we gave up on the dream. Some boys who dreamt of owning a supercar held onto the fantasy and figured out a way to manifest it. Since they couldn't buy a dream car, some men decided to build it.
Once they completed the project, most homebuilders were thrilled with the product. They were glad to own their dream car after investing a tremendous amount of money and effort into the project. While some efforts were stellar, others were subpar. We wanted to see which homebuilders had the talent to make sublime supercars and which needed to hone their skills before they showed it off, so we gleaned pictures of supercars that homebuilders should be proud to flaunt and the ones that needed more effort. Enjoy the article and like always be sure to share it with a friend. Let's get this supercar article started with builds that definitely need more assistance.
20 Wouldn't Touch: Eight-Wheeler
The eight-wheeler might look strange, but it could be Batman's next car. The car has thirty-six functional buttons in the ceiling and 15 gauges on the dash and requires the driver to wiggle down to the seat to reach the pedals. It seemed the homebuilder thought that the car would be faster with eight wheels.
Although the car is impractical due to its length, the builder can boast about owning a unique car. Consumers who wanted to own the car had an opportunity to buy it on eBay in 2010. I can picture the car in a DC movie.
19 Wouldn't Touch: Single Seater
Some home designs look eccentric, and the pictured car is one of those. One of the perks of owning a supercar is that the driver can show it off to his friends or girls by taking them on a joy ride. With the pictured supercar, the driver has inadequate space to drive it.
A passenger might squeeze in the back behind the driver but would not experience the g-force due to staring into the driver's back. The car is also impractical. The driver would struggle to fit the car into a single parking bay. It seems that the driver was trying to design the car to look like a Ferrari Enzo.
18 Wouldn't Touch: Bugatti Veyron
Most of us would like to own a Bugatti. While the dream might manifest into reality for some of us, others have taken drastic measures to ensure that it happens sooner rather than later.
One homebuilder was satisfied with driving a car that looked like a Bugatti Veyron by fitting a spoiler and designing the rear to look like the Veyron. Although the rear resembles a Veyron, the car doesn't look or perform like it. The taillights look like the ones on a Veyron, and the designer also fitted an exhaust on the center of the rear bumper.
17 Wouldn't Touch: Ferrari F40
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Ferrari wanted to produce a special vehicle to mark the occasion. The manufacturer produced a car called the F40. Ferrari produced just over 1,300 units during the six-year production. One of the cars belonged to Nigel Mansell, who sold the car in 1990 for $1,3 million.
A homebuilder wanted to replicate the F40 but fitted the car with four doors. The car looks like a limousine version of the F40. Perhaps, the homebuilder was aiming for that look. If that was the case, he should have omitted the spoiler.
16 Wouldn't Touch: Lamborghini Murcielago
Some homebuilders will do whatever it takes to make their dream a reality. Although their replicas might not look like the original, some homebuilders are satisfied with a car that resembles it. When a man in Asia attempted to build a Lamborghini, he didn't include a few key components. He doesn't have windows on his Lamborghini, and the materials that he used look cheap.
The homebuilder did good work in designing a bonnet and bumper that resembled a Lamborghini, but the rest of the car requires a lot of work. He seems impressed by his effort.
15 Wouldn't Touch: LaFerrari
One of the best models, in my opinion, that Ferrari produced was the LaFerrari, and I don't think that I'm the only one who believes that. Ferrari unveiled the LaFerrari at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Supercar enthusiasts who had $1,4 million to purchase the car would've experienced the 6.3-liter V12 engine, capable of pumping out 963 horsepower.
A homebuilder wanted a LaFerrari but might not have had more than a million dollars to purchase the car, so he built a replica. I guess, something is better than nothing.
14 Wouldn't Touch: Lamborghini Aventador
Anybody who attempts to build a homemade supercar deserves credit. The project is time and money consuming, not to mention arduous. Builders who attempt to make an Aventador replica on the side of the road might want to seek a professional workshop to complete such a project.
Any homebuilder who tries to replicate an Aventador needs to put a lot of attention into the car. The Aventador boasts an impressive 6.5-liter V12 engine, capable of pumping out 730 horsepower and reaching a top speed of 217 mph and needing 2.4 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph.
13 Wouldn't Touch: Porsche 917
One of the aspects that I love about Porsche is that the manufacturer produces high-quality sports cars that are affordable. The 917 was a prototype that gave Porsche its first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970. The car was capable of reaching 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and had a test track top speed of 240 mph.
The Porsche that Steve McQueen drove in the film Le Mans sold at an auction for $14 million, a record price for a Porsche. The homebuilder of the pictured 917 did a good job with the design of the cabin but could have fit better rims.
12 Wouldn't Touch: Ferrari Enzo
The effort that this homebuilder put into the project deserves credit. The front looks like a supercar, and the scissor doors accentuate the vehicle's supercar-like status. Had the homebuilder not tried to make a replica of the Ferrari Enzo, he would have owned a superb homebuilt supercar.
The problem is that the replica doesn't look like the original, thereby degrading his efforts. The Ferrari rims were a nice touch. The home builder should've refrained from putting Ferrari stickers on the bonnet, as the original car doesn't look like that.
11 Wouldn't Touch: Ferrari Car/Motorcycle
Trying to replicate a Ferrari model is an arduous process for any homebuilder. The manufacturer has ensured that its cars are of the highest standard by hiring the best designers in the world. When a homebuilder attempts to replicate a Ferrari car, he or she has to possess high design skills.
For a homebuilder to incorporate a motorcycle into the Ferrari design means that he would have to be one of the best designers in the world to make the car look appealing. Infusing a motorbike with a replica supercar is difficult to attain, even for the best designers.
10 Would Touch: Chen Yanxi
A 27-year old man from China has built an electric supercar. Chen Yanxi, who works in a glass factory, designed his dream supercar. After Yanxi put pen to paper and designed the supercar, he had spent only $5,000 to develop it, according to Auto Evolution.
Yanxi used spare parts and an electric motor to make the car elegant. Although the exterior design looked superb, the so-called supercar wasn't capable of reaching high speeds. The car's top speed is 24 mph. Yanxi's efforts proved to be worthwhile, as he was thrilled with the car. His next design can only be better.
9 Would Touch: Ecojet
Owning one of the biggest car collections in the world wasn't enough for Jay Leno. Apart from owning more than 150 vehicles, Leno wanted to build a vehicle. The result of his arduous effort was a car called the Ecojet.
Ed Welburn, GM's retired boss, helped Leno to pen the sleek shape, according to Motor 1. The car has a turbine engine from a helicopter that runs on biodiesel and capable of pumping out 650 horsepower. When Leno test drove the vehicle on a track, he reached a top speed of 160 mph. The Ecojet is a phenomenal vehicle that Leno should be proud to own.
8 Would Touch: McLaren F1
When a Top Gear fan completed the ultimate motor challenge, he built a $6.5 million car out of scrap and spare parts. According to the Daily Mail, Jacek Mazur, a Polish amateur mechanic built a McLaren F1 for $26,000. Mazur needed eight years to build the replica.
After he finished, Mazur was proud that the car looked almost identical to the McLaren F1. Besides the similar features, the replica was capable of reaching a top speed of 200 mph. Mazur's previous projects include building a replica Lamborghini Countach and a Porsche 911.
7 Would Touch: Insanity
Ryan McQueen wanted to build the ultimate dragster, so he fitted two Rolls-Royce jet engines and named the car Insanity after building it for twelve years from his garage. According to Road and Track, McQueen needed five years to build the car's body out of fiberglass and two years to build its steel tube frame.
"I didn't know how to weld, engineer, bend tubing, lay up fiberglass or carbon fiber, or even know anything about jet engines. I taught myself to weld. I taught myself metal fabrication," said McQueen. He spent $69,000 to make the car, which reaches a top speed of 400 mph.
6 Would Touch: GTM
Having the right team is essential to building a quality supercar. When Brian and Ray Martel, father and son, teamed up to build a supercar, they weren't aware of the accolades it would garner.
The Martels wanted the car to be superb, so they invested 2,500 hours into the project. Their efforts weren't unnoticed, as the Vancouver Sun covered their story. The work that the father and son exerted into the car resulted in it being a show winning model. Considering they put so much time and effort into the project, the Martels should be proud of their efforts.
5 Would Touch: Pagani Zonda
Looks can be deceiving. When Nick Truman, a 53-year old father of three children, bought an aging motor for $130, he used it as the base for a replica of the Pagani Zonda, according to Metro. Truman spent thousands of hours on building the replica and close to $20,000 to fit an Audi engine and luxury features.
The only drawback of the car is that it is not road legal. Although the exterior alludes one to believe that the car is a Pagani Zonda, it is a 1990 Ford Granada. Truman parked the Zonda next to his classic Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino.
4 Would Touch: Vaydor
Matt McEntegart was responsible for designing the Vaydor, a kit car built onto an Infiniti G35 coupe. The car appeared at the 2013 SEMA auto show and featured as the Joker's car in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.
The car featured scissor doors, aftermarket headlights, and a front air splitter. McEntegart, an experienced custom hot-road interior designer, sold the concept to Custom Crafted Cars. One of the celebrities who own a Vaydor is Shaquille O'Neal. Under the bonnet is a 3.5-liter V6 engine, capable of pumping out 280 horsepower.
3 Would Touch: Uragano
Filandri Moreno was responsible for building the Uragano. The 47-year old man stated that he used every minute of his free time to build the car, which he fabricated by hand and not only the panels of the body. Moreno was responsible for building the brakes, suspension, and steering system, according to Motor Authority.
The only part that Moreno did not build is the Audi sourced 4.2-liter V8 engine. Moreno didn't build the car for financial gain, as his dream was to build a supercar by himself. Well done to Moreno for his efforts.
2 Would Touch: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
In my opinion, anybody who attempts to replicate a Lamborghini deserves acclaim. The manufacturer has been responsible for designing unique supercars that many homebuilders have tried to replicate. While some have succeeded at replicating the car, many have failed.
One of the homebuilders who succeeded was the person responsible for the pictured Sesto Elemento. The original model is a limited edition lightweight track-only car, needing only 2.5 seconds to reach 0 to 60 mph and a top speed of 210 mph. Lamborghini intended to produce only 20 models at $2.92 million each.
1 Would Touch: Frem F1
Supercar homebuilders are all over the world. Drag racing has garnered a lot of attention since the movie Fast and Furious premiered. A man in Lebanon wanted to experience the thrill of a supercar, so he designed a car that looked like it pumped out a lot of power.
David Frem designed a supercar called the Frem F1 in 2008. The car was his senior project for the faculty of engineering at the University of Science and Technology. The car could reach a top speed of 124 mph and had a Chevrolet 5.6-liter engine after the Volkswagen 2-liter in-line four-cylinder engine.
Sources - Daily Mail, Auto Evolution, Motor 1 & Motor Authority