Design Supercar Vector W8 1990 Very Amazing – Vector W8 1990 delivered staggering numbers for the early 1990s, outperforming the fastest Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the era. In 1992 it was declared the fastest production car in the world by Road & Track, but its laurels were quickly stolen by the McLaren F1, which arrived for the 1993 model year. Despite its short-lived success, the Vector W8 remains the first American-built supercar and already benefits from classic status, with some examples fetching enormous amounts of cash.
The Vector W8 1990 front fascia is highlighted by the narrow nose fitted with a pair of large, retractable headlamps. Down below, the turn signals and the daytime running lamps occupy most of the bumper. When viewed from the side, the Vector W8 reveals its aerodynamic drag-reducing tricks and one of the reasons it was able to reach top speeds in excess of 220 mph. An interesting aspect lies in the conformation of the side mirrors, which are oriented downwards so the vehicle’s well-engineered beltline remains unaltered.
The awe-inspiring looks are complemented by a lightweight, yet strong body made out of carbon fiber and Kevlar bolted to a semi-aluminum monocoque chassis that featured 5,000 aircraft specification rivets. The fit and finish were beyond reproach, which pretty much explained why it took Vector W8 1990 several months to complete one.
Interior Vector W8 might look dated to 2014 standards, but it was considered state-of-art back in 1992. The leather-wrapped seats came with some serious bolsters and had all the necessary controls mounted directly on them, a feat facilitated by the cabin’s lack of a center console. The electroluminescent display monitoring the car’s vital signs and the enormous amount of buttons and switches turned the supercar’s interior into an airplane-like cockpit.
|Year of production||1990-93|
|No. produced||19 units|
|L / W / H / WB (mm)||4370 / 1930 / 1180 / 2615|
|Chassis||Aluminum honeycomb floor, aluminum box sections, tubular steel|
|Body||Carbon-fiber, Kevlar, glass-fiber|
|Engine||V8, ohv, 2v/cyl, twin-turbo.|
|Power||625 hp / 5700 rpm|
|Torque||630 lbft / 4900 rpm|
|Suspensions||F: double-wishbones; R: de-dion axle|
|Tires||F: 255/45ZR16; R: 315/40ZR16|
|Top speed||218 mph (c)|
|0-60 mph||4.2 sec* / 3.8 sec**|
|0-100 mph||8.3 sec* / 8.3 sec**|