1995 Ford GT90 Concept
Top Speed: 253 mph
Kicking off our list of super fast supercars is the GT90, a high performance concept car that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 1995. It was constructed as a secret project by a small team of engineers in a little over six months. It shared parts from another supercar – the Jaguar XJ220, as Ford also owned Jaguar at the time.
The engine used was a 6.0-liter V-12 with a forced induction system i.e. four Garrett AiResearch T2 turbochargers, that’s unique to the GT90. The engine structure was based on the 90-degree Ford Modular engine family that used a setup identical to that of a paired set of 4.6-liter V8s, of which each had two cylinders removed.
The quad V12 is good for 720 hp and 660 pound-feet of torque. The exhaust of the engine was reported to be hot enough to cause damage to the body panels, thus requiring ceramic tiles that are similar to those used on the Space Shuttle to keep the GT90 from melting.
The mid-engined supercar is the spiritual successor to the Ford GT40, borrowing from it some design cues, like the doors that cut into the roofline. With regard to angles and glass, the GT90 holds the distinction as the first Ford vehicle to display the firm’s ‘New Edge’ design philosophy.
2011 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron L’Or Blanc
Top Speed: 253 mph
This iteration of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport was presented during an exclusive unveiling ceremony in 2011 at the KPM workshops in Berlin. It is the first motor car in the world to feature high-quality porcelain elements on its bodyshell and in its interior. It captivates spectators with an abstract exterior design.
The L’Or Blanc is the result of a collaboration between Automobiles Ettore Bugatti and the Royal Porcelain Factory. It marks an all-new design cue for a Bugatti automotive artwork. This sticks to the legacy of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti, who is known for experimenting with materials not typically used in supercars.
The famous elephant of Rembrandt Bugatti served as the catalyst for the extraordinary collaboration. The Royal Porcelain Factory originally planned to simply build a porcelain figure of the elephant, then the concept of also offering a comprehensive service came up, and the final result was the one-of-a-kind Grand Sport.
The porcelain from the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin has been associated with a number of superlatives. It has been lauded for having the most gorgeous shapes and decors, it has the whitest tone and the hardest weight. Now, it is also the world’s fastest porcelain, after having been integrated into a Bugatti Veyron.
2014 Mansory Vivere
Top Speed: 253 mph
Mansory is a luxury car modification company based in Germany. After its presentation of the Vincero in 2009, Mansory dazzled once more with its artistry as a car modifier. It transformed the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 into the strictly limited Vivere by giving it a comprehensive facelift up front, consisting of a shortened bonnet, revised wings and a distinctive front apron.
The LED daytime running lights in the front end provided a unique accent, while the stylized “V”paid tribute to the name Vivere. The newly designed side skirts served as an aesthetic and aerodynamic link between the two axles. Bigger air outlets on the sides and at the rear gave optimized motor cooling, and along with the two air intakes and a new diffuser, they highlight the transition from roof to hood on this formidable car design.
Mansory crafted nearly all of the bodywork components from highly durable and ultra light carbon fiber. Further upgrades completed the Vivere: alloy wheels with a five double-spoke design perfectly complements the production tires, both technically and visually. The cabin is opulent yet functional. Mansory certainly knows how to blend luxury and engineering with the demands of a limited edition car.