We, as people, enjoy cars because they give us a sense of freedom; we humans have a natural tendency to explore things. This exploration has allowed us to diversify as species. Since the invention of the modern combustion engine, cars were given life. These machines revolutionized the modern world, as they improved our system of trade, travel, and economy and further expanded the reaches of mankind. Nowadays, cars are getting faster and more powerful than ever before. As technology has improved every aspect of our lives, it has improved the modern-day car.
A supercar is supposed to be either really expensive, extremely powerful, or have limited production numbers. These supercars are built by passionate car lovers, and the essence of these cars' performances are reflected in the cars that most of us use today. For example, the aerodynamic principles used in Formula one racers are being used by the modern supercars of today. People who love cars and are passionate about these modern chariots are called "gearheads" or "petrolheads." These groups of people are especially enthusiastic about cars that have stood out due to their extreme performance. To cater to our fellow petrol heads, we've compiled a list of 15 insane supercars that all enthusiasts should know about. These cars are some of the most iconic cars in history, as they're the marvel of technological advancement or were the stepping stones of today's modern supercars. Enjoy!
15 Koenigsegg Agera R
The Koenigsegg Agera is the brainchild of Christian von Koenigsegg. This hypercar was manufactured in 2011 and is still in production today. The word “agera” means “act,” which shows the essence of the Agera R. The Agera R is legendary because it holds six world records, one of which is going from 0 to 300 km/h and then back to 0, which takes the Agera R 21.9 seconds. The car has so much grip that while cornering, the Agera R exerts horizontal forces close to 1.6 Gs. This grip is achieved by specially designed Supersport tires by Michelin and a clever suspension system. The engine of the Agera is a 5.0-liter V8 twin-turbo producing 940 hp and 810 lb-ft of torque. Hooked to this monster engine is a 7-speed paddle-shifter transmission. With a drag coefficient of 0.33, it can reach a top speed of 439 km/h.
14 Lamborghini Countach LP Turbo S
This car was revolutionary for its time in terms of its innovative body design and its performance. Only two cars were ever built, and only one of them is currently known to exist. The Countach was revolutionary because, in the 1970s, aerodynamics were usually ignored, but the Countach embraced it. The introduction of the “scissor doors” design can be attributed to the Countach. The LP Turbo S variant has a traditional V12 engine with 4.8-liters under the hood. Combined with two turbos, the engine produces 750 hp and 646 lb-ft of torque, making the LP Turbo S achieve 0-60mph acceleration in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 208 mph. The boost pressure could be increased from 0.7 bar to approximately 1.6 bar, increasing the performance stats even more. The car is a legend among the current Lamborghinis and earns our respect.
13 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is the creation of one madman named "Steve Saleen." The S7 Twin Turbo is the road-going, more powerful version of its racing pedigreed brother the S7R. With numerous wins under its belt, the S7R has bestowed its fame to its brother, the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. This car has a 7.0-liter Ford V8 charged by two Garrett Turbos at over 5 psi of boost. The engine, combined with the turbo, produces 750 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. The car weighs just over 1300 kg, making for some mind-numbing numbers. We won’t use the 0-60mph acceleration benchmark just because it’s unfair for a car this powerful to be judged so lowly. The car accelerates from 0-100 mph in 5.9 seconds! If it weren’t for those massive diffusers and spoilers to hold it to the ground, it would surely go airborne.
12 Shelby Cobra Super Snake
The Shelby Cobra Super Snake is the creation of one car genius, Carroll Shelby. Shelby made only two Super Snakes, and only one of them is currently known to exist. The Super Snake is actually a tuned version of the AC Ace. The AC Ace was a straight 6 roadster developed by the British company AC Cars, later modified with a V8 engine to become the Shelby Cobra. The Super Snake is the road-going version of the Shelby Cobra line of cars. Most of the details were added to it, like the windshield and legal mufflers, for it to be used on the road. The engine is a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 producing nearly 800 hp and 462 lb-ft of torque. One of the cars was owned by Shelby himself, and the other one was given to Bill Cosby. Since Cosby wasn't man enough to handle such a powerful car, he sold it to someone else, and he couldn’t handle it either and wrecked this masterpiece.
11 Lexus LFA
The Lexus LFA is a two-seater sports car developed by the Japanese manufacturer Lexus. The car has recently become popular after the launch of their 2009 model. The car is also popular for its insane performance and the Formula one sound. The car has the fastest recorded time at Goodwood Circuit, clocking in at 1:24.8. The engine of the LFA is a 552 hp 4.8-liter V10 that can redline from idle to 9,500 rpm in just 0.6 seconds. The engine can rev so fast that traditional mechanical tachometers fail to indicate the rpm, so the LFA uses a digital gauge to show the rpm. The V10 also produces 354 lb-ft of torque. Since Toyota has produced Formula one engines before, they had no issues making the LFA sound like one, too, and the V10 engine is the better half of both a V8 and the V12 engines in all aspects.
10 Dodge Viper SR 1
Dodge Viper SR 1 was the first generation of the Viper series by Dodge. The car was unique at the time because of its engine. The engine was designed by Lamborghini because Chrysler owned Lamborghini at that time. They designed the aluminum block V10, weighing just over 300 kg. The engine produces 400 bhp and close to 460 lb-ft of torque. What made the SR1 so iconic, apart from the engine, was the lack of any driver aid on it. The car had so much power that while engaging corners, the car could pull close to 1G. In terms of acceleration, the SR1 can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. This car isn't for the less skilled driver; the lack of driver aid meant that the driver had to tame the beast on his own. The SR1 had a top speed of 150 mph or 240 km/h.
9 Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R is the pole bearer of the legendary Nissan Skyline, and boy, has it upheld the Skyline name. The GT-R was unveiled in 2007, and it was quite the shocker since it was totally different from its predecessors. Usually, car companies roll out new models with slight changes to the engines or the body, but Nissan completely changed the GT-R, and we love it. The traditional inline straight-6 was replaced with the V6, the rear steering was removed from the GT-R, and it retained the legendary “Godzilla” name. The engine is a 3.7-liter V6 with Dual Overhead Cams (DOHC) charged by two parallel turbos producing 478 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The clever AWD and launch control enable the GTR to accelerate 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds. This Gangnam-style vehicle would be making its ancestors real proud, and we can’t get enough of this car.
8 Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT is the most loved and the most feared hypercar in the world. It's also known for taking the life of Paul Walker and his driver. Have you wondered why the Carrera GT is the best? The reason is that it has all the aspects of the perfect race car - a very powerful mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, and no stability control. All these aspects make the car a true test of one's driving skills. The GT has a 5.7-liter V10 engine producing 603 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque, and attached to it is a 6-speed manual transmission. The lap time of the Carrera GT on the Nurburgring is 7’ 28’’ making it faster than the Pagani Zonda F and the Koenigsegg CCX. The Porsche Carrera GT is one sports car that every car enthusiast should drive at least once in their lifetime.
7 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The Sesto Elemento is the creation of the Italian car maker Lamborghini. The car is a high-performance lightweight demon. The name “Sesto Elemento” means “Six Element,” which is the atomic number of carbon. The drive shaft, chassis, and suspension are all made up of carbon-fiber material. The odd-firing 5.2-liter V10 engine produces 570 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This amount of power on a car which weighs a mere 1000 kg is like strapping a jet engine onto a paper plane. The Sesto Elemento has a 6-speed automatic transmission that powers all 4 wheels, giving it lightning-fast acceleration. The car can accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds! Furthermore, the Sesto can achieve a top speed of 210 mph. If you don’t know about this car, you have to rethink about calling yourself a “car guy.”
6 Ford GT40
The Ford GT40 is a Grand Touring car, and that's exactly what the "GT" in its name stands for. However, the “40” in its name is a totally different deal. The car is 40 inches from the ground to the windshield. The GT40 is a pure breed racing car although there were a lot of issues at first, which resulted in it losing multiple races. The car was handed over to Carroll Shelby. Shelby tuned the car to perfection, and the GT40 paved its way into the history books. The GT40, especially the Mk.2, has the NASCAR Shelby-tuned 7.0-liter V8, producing 485 bhp and nearly 470 lb-ft of torque. Although the GT40 was a Grand Touring car, it produced some really surprising results performance-wise. The GT40 could go from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The GT40 performance was the reason it won 4 Le mans and 4 FIA international titles.
5 Porsche 918 Spyder
The 918 Spyder is one of the most technologically advanced sports cars Porsche has ever made. The car is powered by both an engine and electric motors. The engine is a mid-mounted 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8, producing 616 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. The two motors independently power the front and the rear tires. The motor powering the rear is 154 hp and also works as a power generator for the car. The front-wheel motor has 125 hp. The combined power output of the engine and motors is 886 hp and nearly 940 lb-ft of torque. This insane power is transferred to the wheels through a 7-speed transmission with a double clutch. The car can move from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds. The 918 also had the fastest lap time at the Nurburgring. The 918 Spyder is a testament to how electric cars might change the future of motorsports.
4 McLaren F1 (XP-5)
The Mclaren F1 is one iconic car since it was the fastest naturally aspirated production car in the world, and it's still one of the fastest. The McLaren F1 was first produced in 1992, and it's the creation of Gordon Murray. The fastest speed achieved at that time was 231 mph, which was held by the XP-3 prototype. The XP-5 prototype broke that record by reaching a top speed of 240.1 mph. The most important factor to the success of the McLaren was its engine. The engine is a custom-made BMW 6.1-liter V12 that was named the "BMW S70/2." The engine produces 627 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. It was 15% more powerful than planned, which produced more heat, so the car uses 16 grams of gold. The gold is then made into a foil that's then used as an insulator. What a beauty.
3 Aston Martin Vulcan
The Aston Martin Vulcan looks like a car that means business, and boy, it sure does. The two-seater supercar is made only for the track. The 7.2-liter V12 produces a staggering 804 bhp, while the carbon fiber body of the Vulcan makes it light as a feather. This engine is the most powerful engine Aston Martin has ever used. The car weighs only 1,350 kg; this is due to the extensive weight-saving measures taken by Aston. The monocoque is made of carbon fiber, and the torque tube is made of magnesium, while the propeller shaft is also made of carbon fiber. The power is transmitted to the wheels through a 6-speed gearbox which allows the Vulcan to achieve a top speed of more than 200 mph. The engine, combined with the lightweight body and transmission, allows the Vulcan to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
2 Lamborghini Diablo
The original Lamborghini Diablo is the most beautiful car that Lamborghini has ever made. Sure, it kind of looks like the Ferrari F355, but who's complaining? This particular Diablo was first sold on the 21st of January, 1990. The car has multiple added features compared to its predecessor, the Countach. The car has adjustable seats and electric windows, among other added features. The main attraction of this lady on wheels is the engine. The engine of the Diablo is a 5.7-liter Lamborghini V12, with a computer controlling the fuel-injection system. The massive mid-mounted engine produces 485 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The engine powers the wheels at the back, propelling the car from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. The car has exceptional handling due to the dropped front end, and the massive spoiler in the back produces downforce for the rear tires to grip the road. The Diablo is one mean, beautiful machine.
1 Ferrari 365 "Daytona" GTB/4
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4, unofficially known as the "Daytona," was developed by Ferrari in 1968 as a grand-tourer car - high-performance cars that are built for endurance runs. The 365 GTB/4 is a legend. In 1971, the car maintained a constant high speed of 80 mph from New York to L.A and completed the journey in an astounding 35 hours and 54 minutes. The 365 was voted the number two “Greatest Ferrari of all time.” The engine of the 365 is a 4.4-liter V12 that produces 352 hp. The well-built V12 was mounted in the front and powered the rear wheels, while the transmission was mounted in the rear so that the weight of the car was evenly distributed. If you're just finding out about the existence of this car, you were in the dark for a long time, but consider yourself enlightened now.
Sources: Wikipedia, Top Gear, Car And Driver