Supercars are an amazing part of the automotive world. They are fast, powerful, radical, and even a bit crazy at times. Their time in the limelight, regardless of how awesome they are, seems to be short-lived most of the time. I’m not talking about iconic models like the McLaren F1, Ferrari Enzo, Pagani Zonda, or even the Audi R8. I’m talking about cars that you may very well have never even heard of. And, if you did, you’ll only remember them because you find them on this list. Think about cars like the Dauer 962, the Covini V24, and the Jaguar XJR-15, for instance. All of the cars on this list were amazing in their own right but have somehow faded to the very bowels of our memory where even the deepest of probes hardly return anything more than the slightest tidbit of information.
Some of these cars were outrageously powerful, others were extremely light, and some were just downright gorgeous. With that said, we thought it was only proper to pay a little love to some of time’s most forgotten supercars. And, to top the list off, we’re including a bit of information on five new cars that have yet to grace the road, but promise to make the best of their time in the light and, hopefully, not disappear as quickly as the 20 supercars that we’re showcasing here. Join us as we take a fun trip down memory lane.
25. DAUER 962
There’s no argument that the Porsche 956\962 was one of the best racing cars ever built. It was the cream of the crop in its time, but a privateer named John Dauer took the 962 and made it his own. Dubbed the Dauer 962, it pushed Porsche’s work to the next level by making it road legal. According to Jalopnik, the twin-turbo flat-six was unrestricted and delivered as much as 730 horsepower which was, according to Dauer, good enough for a top speed of 251 mph – a number that made it the fastest car in the world back in 1993. Naught to 62.1 mph took a reported 2.6 seconds with 124.2 mph coming in at an astounding 6.9 seconds. The quarter-mile run took just 9.8 seconds, which was outlandish at the time. The Dauer 962’s time in the limelight was over quickly, with the record it held being claimed by the famed and still remembered McLaren F1 a year later.
24. NISSAN R390
It’s hard to imagine that a $1 million supercar car could be so easily forgotten, but such is the case with the Nissan R390 GT1 road car. Nissan described the R390 as a “diamond in the rough,” because it was actually a road car before it became a track car – something that is generally backward from the norm.
According to Motor1, the R390 was good for 550 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t much by modern supercar standards, but this thing wasn’t a slouch by any means.
The power from that 3.5-liter V-8 was actually good for a 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of more than 200 mph. How? Well, it only weighed some 2,420 pounds and the six-speed sequential gearbox was a bit ahead of its time back in 1998 when this car debuted. And, believe it or not, the engine is still alive today as the rights for it were bought by McLaren and a derivative of it was found under the hood of the McLaren MP4-12C. That just goes to show how good this engine was – McLaren wanted it and McLaren got it. How cool is that?