The 15 Best Supercar Brands You Should Know Right Now
No contemporary car collection would be complete without a supercar. And since the first supercar, Lamborghini's Miura, was produced, plenty of brands have popped up to serve the ultra-luxury segment. As a guide, we've compiled a list of the best supercar brands in the world.
Established in 2008, Arrinera is known for creating the first supercar designed and engineered in Poland. Founders and brothers Lukasz and Marek Tomkiewicz announced its first proof-of-concept supercar in 2011. This led to their second prototype, the Hussarya, a racing car powered by a General Motors LS7 V8 engine. With a top speed of 350 km/h, it can accelerate to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds.
2. Aston Martin
Though the British car manufacturer was founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913, it was only after David Brown bought the company in 1947 that the brand became synonymous to supercars. From the DB1 to the DB11, Aston Martin has produced several supercars, which have become icons in their own right.
This French car manufacturer is known for offering high-performance automobiles. Ettore Bugatti founded the company in Molsheim, a commune in Alsace, in 1909 with the motto: "Nothing is too expensive, nothing is too beautiful." While the manufacturer's notable models include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, Type 41 "Royale," and the Type 57 "Atlantic," more contemporary models such as the Veyron and Chiron have gained a lot of attention in recent years.
Ferrari needs no introduction. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939, the Italian car manufacturer's models are known for their formidable speed and handcrafted quality. Through the years, Ferrari has established itself as the world's most powerful brand. One of its most notable models, the 288 GTO, was produced from 1984 to 1987 and was the start of the company's foray into supercars. To date, Ferrari's most notable supercars include the Enzo and the LaFerrari.
5. Hennessey Performance Engineering
John Hennessey founded his company in Sealy, Texas in 1991 as a specialist in modifying sports and supercars. One of the company's first offerings, the Venom 650R, is one of the fastest road legal cars in the world. With 650 hp, the car can accelerate to 60 in 3.3 seconds. The tuning house's lineup of late-model high-performance vehicles includes sports cars, muscle cars, supercars, trucks, and SUVs, as well as the Venom GT and the upcoming Venom F5 hypercar.
Koenigsegg, which Christian von Koenigsegg founded in 1994, got its start with the idea of producing a truly world-class sports car. Since then, the company has achieved records for making the fastest production car with almost every new model. These days, the Swedish car manufacturer can't even keep up with demand, so much so that its supercars have a 2.5-year waitlist.
Ferruccio Lamborghini founded his brand in 1963. The manufacturing magnate sought to compete with other established car manufacturers, and was the first to produce a supercar: the Miura, a rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive sports coupe that became the standard at the time.
In 1964, McLaren produced 24 units of its first car, the M1A, but it was only in 1985 that the company was officially founded. From Surrey in England, McLaren has produced several notable supercars such as the F1, P1, 12c, and the 650s, to name a few.
British entrepreneur Lee Noble established his company in Leeds, England in 1999. The British car manufacturer is known for producing cars with a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive as seen in the M10, M12, M400, M14, M15, and the M600. Noble, however, has since resigned from the company and has been involved with the design of the Arrinera Hussarya.
Horacio Pagani changed the supercar game when he left Lamborghini's composites department and founded Pagani in 1988. The Italian car manufacturer debuted the Zonda at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, Pagani is known for producing some of the most exclusive hypercars in the world.
Founded in 1931, Porsche specializes in sports cars, SUVs, and sedans. The German manufacturer's supercars, however, by no means come second. Some notable models include the Carrera GT, 911 Turbo, and 959.
This American manufacturer was founded in 1983 as Saleen Autosport. Saleen got its start as a Ford tuner turned manufacturer. Now known as Saleen Automotive, the company produces high-performance cars such as its flagship car, the S7. Today, its current roster includes the S1, a 450 hp sports car with a top speed of 290 km/h.
Spyker was originally founded in 1898 by Jacobus and Hendrik-Jan Spijker. The two brothers were known for building the first-ever six-cylinder engine, four-wheel drive, and four-wheel brakes. In 1925, however, the company ceased trading. It wasn't until 1999 that Spyker was revived as a car marque. Some notable models include the C8 and the C12.
14. W Motors
W Motors is among the newer supercar brands. Ralph R. Debbas founded the car manufacturer in Lebanon in 2012 as the first developer of high-performance automobiles in the Middle East. The first car W created, the Lykan HyperSport was featured in the Fast and Furious franchise. Powered by a flat 6-cylinder 3.7-liter twin-turbo mid-rear engine, the Lykan HyperSport accelerates to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. The purchase of the hypercar was bundled with a 24-hour concierge service from Quintessentially.
In 2004, Troels Vollertsen founded Zenvo Automotive in Præstø on the Danish island of Zealand. The manufacturer's first prototype, the Zenvo ST1, was completed in 2008 and produced in 2009. What makes the ST1 special is that each model is entirely manufactured by hand by a small team of workers. Though it's unlikely that you'll see one at any given time since only 15 units are built and sold.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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