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Vector W8 Twinturbo American Supercar


The Vector W8 was one of the most radically designed supercars of the 1980’s, produced by American automobile manufacturer Vector Aeromotive Corporation from 1989 to 1993.The W8 was an improved version of the company’s earlier prototype, the W2. Production was delayed after the W2 was presented to the public in 1976 due to a downturn in the world economy and insufficient financial backing.

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The design of the W8 was inspired by the Alfa Romeo Carabo, and continued that car’s futuristic, wedge-shaped, aerodynamic design. The W8 combined the design characteristics of the Carabo with references to fighter jets of the era. The car was based around a Rodeck aluminum resleevable 365 cu in (6.0 L) racing engine featuring TRW forged pistons.

Carrillo stainless-steel connecting rods, stainless-steel valves, roller rocker arms, a forged crank, a dry-sump oiling system with three separate filters and braided stainless-steel hoses, with anodized red and blue fittings. The transmission was a highly modified Turbo-Hydramatic 425 General Motors three-speed automatic that had been used in front wheel drive Oldsmobile Toronado dating back some two decades earlier.


The engine had two intercooled Garrett turbochargers, and had an advertised power output of 625 hp (466 kW) at 5,700 rpm and 649 lb⋅ft (880 N⋅m) of torque at 4,900 rpm on 8 psi of boost pressure.The interior was upholstered in leather and suede, along with wool carpeting and floor mats. Electrically adjustable Recaro leather seats and an air-conditioning system completed the luxurious interior.