1955 Porsche Tempo Mikafa Sport Camper

Seven perfect Porsches for sale at Mecum Monterey 2019

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019Monterey Car Week is fast approaching, with the major auction houses getting their final lot lists ready for the block.

Mecum Auction’s Monterey sale is already packed with exotic and interesting metal, including a selection of special Porsche models.

More than 35 prime Stuttgart products are due for sale, and we have picked out a selection of choice Porsche cuts. 

1955 Porsche Tempo Mikafa Sport Camper

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019No, your eyes are not deceiving you! This genuinely is a luxurious camper van wearing Porsche branding, and one of just three examples ever produced by the Mikafa company in the 1950s.

A Porsche 356 engine was fitted when new, giving the Sport Camper its name and sending power to the front wheels. Built as a special order, there is a fitted kitchenette with a refrigerator, and even a functional bathroom.

When new, the aluminum-bodied RV would have been seriously expensive, costing more than contemporary sports cars. With an estimated price of $100,000 to $150,000, even in unrestored condition, this is certainly one for the Porsche collector who has almost everything.

1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019Although certainly more common than the Mikafa Sport Camper, the Convertible D version of the Porsche 356A was built for one year only. With 1,331 examples produced, they are a highly collectable early Porsche.

A taller windshield, wind-up side windows, and more comfortable seats made the Convertible D distinct. This example is said to be in superb condition, having been restored by noted 356 specialist Jack Staggs. 

The original 1.6-liter engine is said to be as immaculate as the bodywork, and the car comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. An estimate of $250,000 to $300,000 reflects the condition of this already prized Porsche. 

1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019This example of the 911T has certainly been loved, having been owned by the current owner since 1974. With 72,200 miles showing on the odometer, this unrestored Porsche has been used as those who built it in Zuffenhausen intended. 

Originally supplied to a dealership in Oakland, California, the car was leased to an area executive from new. The current owner purchased the car once the lease ended, and kept the car in the San Francisco bay area. 

Taken off the road for storage in 1992, and not used again until 2012, the 911T underwent some gentle recommissioning. The 2.2-liter flat-six machine is now ready to hit the road again as a truly usable classic. 

1985 Porsche DP 935

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019Porsche fans are currently going crazy for the ‘reborn’ Porsche 935 track-only supercar, but Mecum Monterey features something a little more retro. There is also the story of a legendary owner attached to this car, too.

DP Motorsports worked with race specialists Kremer in the 1980s, turning regular Porsche 930 Turbos into 935-inspired road cars. Lightweight body panels mimicked the race versions, whilst the wide BBS wheels give it a serious stance. 

With up to 500 horsepower from the turbocharged engine, this is a serious performance Porsche. Four examples of the DP 935 are up for auction, but this one is even more special for having reportedly being built for motorsport legend Mario Andretti

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019From one legendary owner to another. This rare Porsche 911 Speedster was previously owned by Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash. In keeping with the heavy metal theme, this car features black paintwork, a black leather interior, and chrome Fuchs wheels.

Just 823 Speedsters were produced for USA in 1989, using the classic 930 chassis as a base. A low and steeply raked windscreen, plus the humped tonneau cover, marked it out from regular open-top 911s. Many were ordered with the wider Turbo-look body for extra girth at the rear.

Power came from a 3.2-liter version of the Porsche flat-six engine, connected to a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Speedsters are already collectable and a famous ex-owner is only likely to add to the demand here. 

1993 Porsche 911 RS America

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019North American Porsche enthusiasts were distraught at being denied the Europe-only Carrera RS. To ease their pain, Porsche offered a limited run of 701 examples of the RS America based upon the Carrera 2 model.

The air-cooled 3.6-liter engine produces 247 horsepower, and is connected to a five-speed manual transmission. A limited-slip differential was standard, whilst the power steering, air conditioning, sunroof and radio were all removed to help save weight.

This particular RS America is said to be just one of four delivered in paint-to-sample Fly Yellow. It certainly makes the distinctive ‘whale tail’ spoiler stand out. Owned by a serious Porsche enthusiast for two decades, this car has been meticulously maintained.  

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Weissach

Porsches at Mecum Monterey 2019The newest and most powerful car on our list also happens to be the one which has covered the lowest mileage. A total of just 10 miles have passed beneath the gold-colored magnesium wheels, found upon this 911 GT2 RS.

Perhaps the owner was scared of the formidable ‘widowmaker’ reputation held by GT2 Porsches. This one packs 700 horsepower from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine, making the GT2 RS capable of more than 210 mph. 

The optional Weissach package reduced the weight of the alright stripped-out GT2 RS even more, including a roll cage made from titanium. An estimated sale price of $450,000 to $500,000 reflects the rarity, and ultra-low mileage, of this hardcore Porsche.

Bidding begins at the Mecum Monterey event on Thursday August 15, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa.

MG ZS EV: £3,500 saving extended to ANOTHER 1,000 customers

2019 MG ZS EV grant extended

MG has extended its opening offer on the electric ZS EV, after hitting 1,000 reservations of the new car in two weeks.

Now, another 1,000 people who reserve one will also benefit from a £3,500 saving, which matches the £3,500 government Plug-in Car Grant.

1,000 customers will save money

2019 MG ZS EV

The ZS EV, launched in July, has been touted as the ‘first truly affordable family electric car’, with a starting price of £21,495.

That was, however, a launch price, with MG matching the government’s £3,500 electric car grant for the first 1,000 orders.

MG’s extension of the deal to a further 1,000 cars is a response to this initial batch selling out in just 14 days.

“Even if it’s just for a few more days…”

2019 MG ZS EV grant extended

“We know that the canny British public can tell a bargain when they see one, but we’ve been blown away by the number of people who’ve moved quickly to secure an electric MG ZS at the launch price of £21,495,” said Daniel Gregorious, head of sales and marketing at MG Motor UK.

“By extending our offer to match the government grant for the next 1,000 retail customers, we’re delighted to be able to maintain this offer, even if it’s just for a few more days. To anyone who’s been thinking about ordering a ZS EV, I suggest they do it now!”

2019 MG ZS EV

You can reserve a ZS EV for £500. As well as MG’s grant, those who get in quick also receive a free home-charge kit.

The ZS EV has a WLTP-accredited range of 163 miles and is described as a ‘real-world electric car for real-world people’.

First deliveries of the ZS EV will begin in September. Anyone who orders from 1 August will be among the second batch of 1,000 buyers to benefit from MG’s offer.

Netflix and YouTube coming soon to Tesla cars

Netflix and YouTube coming soon to Tesla

Tesla owners will soon have the ability to stream Netflix movies and watch YouTube videos when parked.

CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the streaming service could arrive within weeks, and certainly “not more than a few months”.  

Musk likened the development to a drive-in movie experience, tweeting it “has an amazingly immersive cinematic feel due to the comfy seats and surround sound audio”.

For now, the streaming will operate when the Tesla is stationary, but Musk hinted that you’ll be able to use Netflix and YouTube on the move when regulators approve Tesla’s full self-driving feature.

Some reports suggest that this could become a reality in some jurisdictions by the end of 2020.

Netflix and chill

Netflix coming to Tesla

There’s no doubt that Tesla’s tablet-style infotainment display will provide a terrific platform for streaming movies and watching videos. Catching up on the latest ‘must-see’ mini-series will be a good way to pass the time while you’re waiting at the Supercharger.

But watching a movie while stationary is a world away from doing it on the move, even with Autopilot engaged. In May, a preliminary report into a fatal accident found that Autopilot had been engaged 10 seconds before the crash.

For its part, Tesla said that it was the only part of the journey that Autopilot had been activated.

“Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance,” said Tesla in a statement.

Tesla Arcade Mode

Last month, the company debuted Tesla Arcade, a feature allowing owners to play Atari classics via the infotainment screen. Tesla introduced the ‘Teslatari’ emulator of classic Atari games last year, with Musk saying that it heralded the company’s venture into in-car gaming.

Gaming, movies, videos and farts – the gap between the home and the car is growing ever narrower.

Forza Ford: you can now drive a classic Transit in Horizon 4

Classic Ford Transit on Forza Horizon

Never mind the McLaren Senna, Bugatti Chiron or even the Ford GT. You can now buy, modify and drive a classic 1965 Ford Transit van in Forza Horizon 4.

Ford Transit: from reality to virtual

Ford of Britain allowed the eggheads from Forza’s modelling and photography team to use its immaculate 1965 Transit to help bring the digital version to life.

First, over 1,000 photographs of the vehicle are taken. These are then sent to the modelling people, who develop the car in the game based on the imagery.

Every angle and every detail is captured and recreated for the game.

The Transit joins a range of cool Fords available in Horizon 4, including the GT supercar and Ranger Raptor pick-up. The Ford GT was, in fact, the cover star for 2015’s Forza Motorsport 6.

It’s not going to keep up with them, mind, with its humble 75hp engine. Unless of course, you decide to modify it…

“The Ford Transit is such a unique car that we wanted to have the very first one in the game” said Miko Russell, Forza Horizon 4 photographer. “We like to switch it up on people a little bit!”

Classic Ford Transit on Forza Horizon

The Transit is a curious addition to a range of sports and performance cars, although it’s entirely appropriate given the game’s UK setting. 

The bizarre questions motorists have asked the DVLA

Missing sock

“Where are my socks?” is just one of the more unusual questions received by the DVLA.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has revealed some of the questions posed by motorists using voice assistants.

But while it’s possible to ask the DVLA when your vehicle tax is due, the government agency is not the place to contact if you’ve mislaid your socks or need to know how to remove chewing gum off a sofa.

DVLA chief executive Julie Lennard said: “We want motorists to be able use our services quickly and easily and voice assistants are becoming more and more popular.

“While some of the questions customers have asked us fall a little outside our area of expertise, we will continue to make our services simpler, better and safer.”

Chewing gum

Since the DVLA launched its digital service two years ago, more than 20,000 unique users have turned to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to find out when their tax is up for renewal.

Today, 98 percent of all interactions with the DVLA are carried out using one of its digital services.

DVLA’s most unusual questions

  • How do you get chewing gum off a leather settee?
  • How do I apply for Love Island?
  • Do you know a good vegan recipe for chicken?
  • Are red cars the fastest?
  • What time is lunch?
  • Is it going to rain in Ellesmere Port today?
  • What did you think of the Bumblebee movie?
  • How can I stop my flatmate drinking my milk?
  • Where are my socks?
  • Is this rash normal?

The message is simple: use “Talk to DVLA” or “Ask DVLA” to make vehicle tax-related enquires.

But ask Mark Kermode for views on the Bumblebee movie and the Met Office for the weather in Ellesmere Port.

The cars most and least likely to pass an MOT

MOT test winners and losers

The dreaded MOT test: it’s something we all face with cars over three years old, and you can never take a pass for granted, regardless of how meticulously your car is maintained. Now, we reveal the top 10 winners and losers at MOT testing stations across the UK, according to figures obtained by What Car?.

The cars least likely to fail an MOT

MOT test winners and losers

Firstly, the winners. These are the cars to consider buying if you want your MOT test to be smooth sailing. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that even these cars don’t offer a free pass. Maintenance and sympathetic driving are still integral to the ongoing performance and safety of your car.

Smart Fortwo

MOT test winners and losers

This might come as a surprise to some, but the 2007-2014 Smart is the 10th-placed MOT hero here. Just 14.4 percent fail when they show up for a test.

Ford Ka

MOT test winners and losers

A trend you might note is that many of the cars in the top performers are quite new. That’s no coincidence. The 2008-2016 second-generation Ford Ka does well, with a 13.5 percent fail-rate. Read on and you’ll discover its predecessor isn’t such a strong performer…

Hyundai i10

MOT test winners and losers

Hyundai’s city car is competent and deservedly popular. Not too stylish, mind, but it’s clearly dependable, with just 12.5 percent of 2008-2013 models failing the MOT test.

Suzuki Alto

MOT test winners and losers

Suzuki is famous for producing affordable, dependable and likeable little cars. The Alto is a bit quirky, but it delivers the goods when it comes to MOT tests. The 2009-2015 model manages an impressive 11.7 percent fail-rate.

Seat Mii

MOT test winners and losers

Seat’s tiny tot joins its Volkswagen Group siblings on this list of MOT stars. Just 10.8 percent of Miis fail the annual test.

Vauxhall Adam

MOT test winners and losers

Much-derided by car journalists, the Vauxhall Adam is at least decently reliable, achieving a mere 10.6 percent fail-rate.

Kia Picanto

MOT test winners and losers

Being related to the Hyundai i10, it makes sense that the funky little Picanto does well. The 2011-2017 model has an impressive 9.8 percent MOT test fail-rate.

Volkswagen Up

MOT test winners and losers

The Volkswagen Up makes it into the top three; only 6.7 percent don’t pass an MOT first time.

Peugeot 108

MOT test winners and losers

The Up is beaten by the Peugeot 108 (whose Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 siblings, interestingly, are nowhere to be seen). It achieves a six percent fail-rate.

Skoda Citigo

MOT test winners and losers

The Citigo comes joint-top with the Peugeot, also on six percent. Cheap to buy and run, it’s clearly also very reliable.

The cars most likely to fail an MOT

MOT test winners and losers

Now we’ve seen the best, it’s time to consider the worst performers in MOT tests. Spoiler alert: many come from the same brands as the best cars. So choose wisely.

Citroen C2

MOT test winners and losers

We start with the Citroen C2, which was produced between 2003 and 2009. It’s the 10th-worst performer, with 28.1 percent failing the MOT.

Chevrolet Matiz

MOT test winners and losers

As do exactly the same proportion of 2005-2010 Chevrolet Matiz cars that are tested.

Seat Arosa

MOT test winners and losers

In contrast to the strong performance of the Mii, grandpa Arosa doesn’t have a good time at MOT test stations. The 1997-2005 model fails on 28.3 percent of occasions.

Fiat Seicento

MOT test winners and losers

The Fiat Seicento, made between 1998 and 2004, is even worse, with 31.1 percent failing the MOT.

Peugeot 106

MOT test winners and losers

Unlike the top-performer 108, the 106 has a hard time here. We suspect advancing age and lower value mean that these older models are withering away at a rate that owners aren’t willing to keep up with. In total, 31.7 percent of 106s fall short of the MOT test standard.

Hyundai Amica

MOT test winners and losers

Think of the Amica as a Hyundai i10 from another time. The 2000 to 2003 model fails its MOT at a rate of 32.7 percent.

Suzuki Alto

MOT test winners and losers

The 2004 to 2009 Suzuki Alto doesn’t fare well either. It also scores a 32.7 percent fail-rate. Remarkably, this is the second Alto here (after the top-performing 2009-2015 model), but not the last…

Ford Ka

MOT test winners and losers

Hopefully this isn’t a sign that the second-generation Ka has some hard times ahead. The first Ka, built between 1996 and 2008, has a 34.6 percent fail-rate. Another sign that the cheapest cars are potentially the least looked-after?

Suzuki Alto

MOT test winners and losers

The final Alto is almost the worst performer. The 1997-2004 model has a 36.4 percent MOT fail-rate. More evidence that age and cheapness are a killer.

Daewoo Matiz

MOT test winners and losers

The second Matiz, this time a Daewoo, is the biggest MOT loser. With a fail-rate of 38.8 percent, the 1998-2005 Matiz flunks an MOT on nearly four out of every 10 visits to the test station.

Conclusion on MOT stats

MOT test winners and losers

It’s interesting that the worst and best performers broadly come from the same brands. Does this suggest an enormous improvement in quality from one generation to the next? We don’t think so. More likely, older and cheaper models aren’t ageing well, and that – combined with not being cared for because they’re not worth much – means they get a bad record.

A car can be a reflection of its owner. Look after your car well and it should look after you.

How to prevent your catalytic converter being stolen

how to stop catalytic converter theft

Thieves are stealing catalytic converters from cars, with the Toyota Prius being a particular target.

Videos on social media show thieves jacking the Toyotas up, sliding underneath them and detaching the ‘cats’ in broad daylight.

Here’s our guide to protecting your car from opportunist theft..

Why are thieves targeting the Prius?

Original second-generation Prius catalytic converters contain a large amount of platinum. A replacement item can cost more than £1,400 (including fitting), so it clearly has value to thieves.

So what can be done to stop them, or protect your car against having the cat removed?

Fitting cat lockshow to stop catalytic converter theft

Toyota was commendably quick in its response to the problem, releasing what it calls a ‘Catloc’. This physically covers the exposed catalyst components, protecting against opportunist theft.

The Catlocs are approved by the police and security experts Thatcham, so there’s added reassurance if the fact they come from Toyota itself isn’t enough.

For £200 (including VAT) and with a five-year warranty, you get some peace of mind. It’s also the best way of protecting against cat theft when you’re away from home.

Tactical parking

Simply changing how you park can help, too. If you park at the roadside, positioning your car close to a tall kerb could impede thieves’ efforts.

If you’re off-road, parking close to a wall or blocking your car in at night could help.

Away-from-home, overnight secure car parks are a good bet, although the best option is to have a garage.

Aftermarket alarmshow to stop catalytic converter theft

There have been reports of thieves somehow disabling manufacturer car alarms.

A secondary aftermarket alarm could, therefore, be the key to defending your car against all kinds of thieves, be they after the car itself or the cat.

Keeping watch

While surveillance is generally used for tracking down thieves once they’ve acted, it also serves as a worthwhile deterrent.

Thieves, while brazen, will be less likely to take the risk if they are being watched by security cameras.

Survey reveals the UK’s dirtiest drivers

Survey reveals the dirtiest drivers

Fourteen percent of Honda drivers say they’ve left vomit in their cars, while Hyundai drivers are the most likely to leave dirty nappies inside their motor.

These are just two of the unsavoury findings of a survey to identify the UK’s dirtiest drivers.

Zuto spoke to 2,000 drivers of popular cars and discovered a life of grime on the road, with motorists seemingly all too happy to share their car with litter, bacteria and dirt. And you thought travelling with the mother-in-law was a challenge.

One in three Volvo drivers admit to waiting up to 12 months before taking a vacuum to the footwells and a duster to the dashboard. A quarter of Honda drivers waited six months before engaging Kim and Aggie mode, with a fifth of Citroen and Hyundai drivers also waiting half a year.

‘Experience of pet poo’

Citroen and Vauxhall drivers are most likely to leave fast food wrappers and drinks lying around, while 10 percent of Peugeot drivers admit to leaving mouldy fruit inside. Sticking with a French theme, Renault drivers are most likely to leave their unwashed lunchboxes and Tupperware in the car.

Let’s hope they don’t come across the Mercedes-Benz drivers who “have had an experience of pet poo”. Food and pet poo do not make for comfortable bedfellows.

Unsurprisingly, drivers of premium cars are the most likely to keep on top of cleaning chores – or perhaps pay somebody at a former petrol station forecourt to do it for them.

Twenty-one percent of Mercedes drivers clean their car every fortnight, while 20 percent of BMW drivers do it monthly. Ten percent of Audi drivers break out the cleaning gear once a week, although they’re also the most likely to leave worn gym kit in their cars. Vorsprung Durch Sweat.

As an aside, 10 percent of Audi drivers say they’ve experienced animal sick. We’re saying nothing about their standard of driving… 

Dishing the dirt

Here are some of the images sent to Zuto by some drivers who are clearly unashamed of their life of grime.

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The ADR 630 Shooting Grand, which pays homage to the original Austro Daimler ‘Bergmeister’ of 1931, will make its UK debut at Salon Prive in September. For us, it’s an opportunity to revisit 49 other supercar obscurities. Stay tuned for crazy styling and even crazier levels of performance.

Icona Vulcano

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Icona Vulcano isn’t made from volcanic ash and powered by molten lava, but it could top 220mph. The one-off Italian supercar is powered by a 6.2-litre supercharged engine sourced from the Corvette ZR1.

Dome Zero

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Dome Zero was a hero of the 1978 Geneva Motor Show. Sadly, it was destined for little more than a life in Gran Turismo.

Panther 6

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Panther 6 is straight out of the 1970s guide to building a supercar. Longer than a football pitch and complete with six wheels.

Nissan R390 GT1

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Only two road-going R390s were ever built, so this Nissan is as rare as it is stunning. Power was sourced from a twin-turbocharged V8.

Ascari KZ1

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Ascari KZ1’s 5.0-litre V8 engine was sourced from the BMW M5 and helped to give it a top speed of around 200mph.

Volkswagen W12

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Giorgetto Giugiaro’s brief was simple: build a mid-engined car to accommodate a W12 engine and VW’s four-wheel-drive system. The results were stunning.

Lotec Sirius

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Lotec claimed the 1,200hp engine in the Sirius supercar was enough to give it a top speed of 248mph. You cannot be Sirius?

Bristol Fighter

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

OK, so you’ve probably heard of the Bristol Fighter, a uniquely British take on the supercar formula.

Tramontana

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Tramontana is unlikely to feature on many bedroom walls, but with a choice of V10 and V12 powertrains, and styling inspired by the world of F1, it ticks many supercar boxes.

Trion Nemesis

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

This thing ticks even more supercar boxes. It looks great, has a brilliant name and pumps out some 2,000hp. Still want that Chiron?

Yamaha OX99-11

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Yamaha’s role in producing the achingly good looking Toyota 2000GT is largely forgotten. The OX99-11 of 1992 was its attempt at making a supercar.

Arrinera Hussarya

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The difficult to pronounce – not to mention spell – Arrinera Hussarya is Poland’s first attempt at making a supercar. Not a bad debut.

Zenvo ST1

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Fans of Top Gear will remember the Zenvo ST1 as the Danish supercar that caught fire on the Top Gear test track. Can anyone smell bacon?

Keating Supercars TKR

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s your Top Trumps winner. Top speed: 260.1mph. 0-60mph: 2.0 seconds. Engine: 7.0-litre V8. Horsepower: 2,002.

Keating Supercars Bolt

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Keating Supercars Bolt arrived in a blaze of glory in 2013, with bold claims about a 340mph top speed. Usain, eat your heart out.

TranStar Racing Dagger GT

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

When we first prepared this gallery, TranStar Racing was looking for backers to make the 2,000hp, 315mph Dagger GT a reality. It’s still looking.

Panoz Abruzzi

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Panoz Abruzzi looks like a cast off from the decidedly average League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film. It would look better underwater…

Hulme CanAm Spyder

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Hardcore, you know the score. No roof, no airbags, no windscreen, no ABS and no traction control. The Hulme CanAm isn’t a car for the faint-hearted.

Beck LM 800

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

With a full tank of fuel and a driver, the Swiss-built Beck LM 800 weighs a mere 900kg. That’s a truly remarkable figure for a 650hp supercar.

Bentley Hunaudieres

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Bentley Hunaudieres was unveiled at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show and bears a passing resemblance to a certain Bugatti hypercar.

Chrysler ME412

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Oh, Chrysler, this is a stunning looking creation. It also packed a 850hp punch, courtesy of an AMG-sourced 6.0-litre V12.

Ford GT90

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Readers of a certain age will remember the Ford GT90 as a pretty handy Top Trumps card. It remains one of Ford’s best-ever creations.

Jaguar XJ13

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Jaguar XJ13 was intended to go racing at Le Mans, but the development took too long. By the time it was ready, it was already obsolete.

Vector W2

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

It’s not difficult to imagine a Vector W2 appearing in an episode of Miami Vice. Probably driven by an alligator. Or something.

Isdera Commendatore 112i

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

If you detect a hint of Porsche in the front-end styling, that’s because the Commendatore was the work of former Porsche designer, Eberhard Schulz.

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Was this Alfa Romeo’s first genuine supercar? Who cares, we could look at the 33 Stradale all day.

SSC Ultimate Aero XT

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero XT had a claimed top speed of 273mph and a 9,200rpm redline.

Cizeta V16T

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The music composer, Giorgio ‘Together in Electric Dreams’ Moroder was involved in the development of this Gandini-designed supercar.

Arash AF10

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The AF10 was the first car to be designed under the Arash name. Only one car was ever produced and it had a claimed top speed of 205mph.

Maybach Exelero

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

German tyre company, Fulda, commissioned the one-off Maybach Exelero to demonstrate a new range of super-wide tyres. As you do.

Monteverdi Hai 450 SS

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Peter Monteverdi built the Hai 450 SS to go head-to-head with the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari. Sadly, a huge price tag meant it never got beyond the prototype stage.

Kodiak F1

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

How many Serbian-German supercars can you name? Well, in case the question comes up during the next pub quiz, this is the Kodiak F1.

Gigliato Aerosa

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Unveiled at the 1997 Geneva Motor Show, the Mustang-powered Aerosa was destined to be a joint venture between Lamborghini and Gigliato.

Shayton Equilibrium

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

“The hypercar of the 21st century” is how Shayton introduces its Equilibrium supercar. The technical details are currently missing from the firm’s website…

Argyll GT

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Scottish-built Argyll GT was a proper ‘bitza’ of a supercar, featuring a Renault 30 engine, Morris Marina door handles and a Triumph Dolomite steering wheel.

Farbio GTS 350

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Farbio GTS 350 was a development of the earlier Farboud GTS, powered by a supercharged V6 engine. It later became the Ginetta F400.

Tushek Renovatio T500

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Looking for Slovenia’s first supercar? You’ve come to the right place, because this is the Tushek Renovatio T500. Catchy name, right?

Vencer Sarthe

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

At launch, the Dutch-built Vencer Sarthe cost an eye-watering £250,000. For that, you got a 6.3-litre V8 engine and a 210mph top speed.

Trident Iceni Magna

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

If you’re prepared to shun the lure of a V12 petrol engine, how about a 6.6-litre turbodiesel? In standard form, the Iceni produces 950lb ft of torque.

Mega Track

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

We can’t help but love the Mega Track. It sent 394hp from its V12 engine to all four wheels and, crucially, featured adjustable ride height up to 13 inches.

Covini C6W

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

What is it about obscure supercars and six wheels? We reckon the bosses of these fledging supercar firms grew up watching Thunderbirds.

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Surely winning the prize for the longest name in the whole of supercardom, the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 was launched in 2015 and designed by a former Pininfarina employee.

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The first supercar to be produced in the Middle East, the Lebanese Lykan Hypersport featured in Furious 7 as well as a number of video games.

Rimac Concept One

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Despite sounding like a ladies shaving cream, the Rimac Concept One is a Croatian electric supercar with a 0-62mph time of 2.8 seconds. Thanks to a certain Richard Hammond, it’s not the obscure supercar it once was.

Capstone Turbine CMT-380

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Capstone Turbine CMT-380 was an electric hybrid capable of running on either diesel or biodiesel. The claimed range was up to 500 miles.

Velozzi Supercar

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

The Velozzi Supercar is a development of the CMT-380 prototype, with a range of 1,000 miles. Top speed is a claimed 225mph.

Vector W8

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

A generation of petrolheads grew up in awe of the 6.0-litre V8 Vector W8. It was a development of the aforementioned W2 and featured 5,000 aircraft-spec rivets.

Devon GTX

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

Powered by clotted cream teas, the Devon GTX was the first supercar to emerge from the West Country. None of this is actually true.

Revenge Design Verde

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

If Kermit drove a supercar, it would probably be the Revenge Verde. He’d also approve of the optional E-85 ethanol V8 engine.

Artega GT

50 supercars you’ve probably never heard of

More sports car than supercar, but we rather like the Artega GT. Just don’t mention the Volkswagen Passat engine.

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

Renault really is asking £72,140 for this new Megane

Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

Renault has stunned performance car fans by revealing the limited-run Megane R.S. Trophy-R hot hatch will cost from £51,140 – with the Nurburgring Record edition priced at a staggering £72,140.

The breathtaking prices are way in excess of the standard Megane R.S. RRP of £27,835.

Trophy-R models only have 20 horsepower more than the regular 280hp model, too.

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

Renault justifies the price by saying the new model has ‘many bespoke, lightweight parts’. These include Ohlins dampers, an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, a carbon composite bonnet and a carbon rear diffuser.

The interior is stripped out; the rear seats have been removed and race-style composite Sabelt seats fitted in the front. 

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

It weighs an impressive 130 kg less than the standard Megane R.S., which is how it was able to break the front-wheel-drive production car lap record at both the Nurgurgring and Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

Further weight can be saved with the £63,140 Carbon Wheel variant. Exotic carbon fibre wheels are fitted, which cut 2kg. They are meant for racetrack use: they can be stored in tailored bags in a cradle behind the front seats when you drive on the road.

Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record pack

The £72,140 Nurburgring Record model uses the same wheels, plus bigger front brakes with gold Brembo calipers, and a ‘dynamic air intake’ in the front bumper that saves 2kg.

Only 500 examples of the Megane R.S. Trophy-R (a car costing more than the two-seater Alpine A110 sports car, also built by Renault) will be built globally – and just 32 are coming to the UK.