History of Supercars: An Overview

While learning about the supercars, the very first thing that we must know is what exactly a supercar is. Supercars are powerful machines resulted by continuous automotive innovations that took place time to time and era to era. What our generation have today is the result of efforts made by motoring enthusiasts before welcoming the 21st century. Today they are super packed with performance, speed, luxury and class. Have you ever wondered “How it would have been possible without the history?” Today’s post is all about that. We’re going to focus on history of supercars.

Purpose of Supercars in the Early 90s

Supercars were especially designed to meet certain special requirements, varying from time to time and from one need to another. However, mostly it was only the speed and performance of the car that was taken into consideration.

The first supercar on this world was designed in the year 1909. The car was name “Blitzen Benz” and it held the

record of being the fastest car on the planet from 1909 to 1919. Although this was the starting of the whole new phase of the supercars, but the best ones were yet to come, as the cars evolved through ages.

The term supercar was for the first time given to a car in the year 1920, in an advertisement on the well-known Times magazine. Ever since then, these cars are categorised by this very popular name. The way

that one can categorise a car as a supercar is quite simple. A car having limited edition, a standard look but is customised to give the most in terms of performance and power. That’s all the way that you can spot a supercar from the ordinary ones. Now let’s have a look on what evolved in supercars time to time.

1940 – 1959

The first supercar held everyone by surprise with its amazing speed of 142 mph back in those years. This was the beginning of a revolution in the world of automobile industry. The use of the supercars formally started in the 40’s when the world was looking forward to the racing cars and people
had started loving the lightning fast sport. It was back then that the names like Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus and Porsche became popular names. Along with the popularity of the sports, the popularity of the cars also started increasing. Mercedes 300SL ‘Gull Wing’, which was released in the year 1954, is considered to be one of the all-time classics of the sports
. The speed of this car was about 165mph, which was way ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette, which was able to hit only 60mph under 6 seconds.

1960 – 1979

A lot has happened in these two decades. The entire super cars concept got a makeover in these years. In the year 1961, Jaguar came up with a historic model that shook the entire world with the E-type. One of the most reputed car companies of recent days, Ferrari then created the most sought after classic of all time, the 250 GTO. The car had a top speed of 160 mph. The next in line was another well-known company of recent days, Lamborghini. It was in the year 1964 that Lamborghini entered the race. Next to enter in this competition was ISO, who entered the fray with Grifo and TVR. After being put down by Ferrari and Ford, (who also wanted to buy ISO), went on to produce their own range of cars. GT40 came into existence in the year 1965, which was the produce of Ford. Ford then had to meet regulations and for the same, they went on to produce a lot of ‘road legal’ versions of the GT40. Thus, this was the first time that a supercar plied on the roads.

Another car that came into existence in 1965 was the l AC Cobra 427. This car was designed and produced by Caroll Shelby. After the year 1965, there were many other cars that made headlines from time to time. Some of the best cars that were then popular are 165mph Ferrari 275GTB, the 7 litre Corvette Sting Ray by Ferrari in the year 1966, Lamborghini Miura. The next in line was Ghibli produced by Maserati then came the Ferrari with 365 GTB ‘Daytona’ in the year 1968.  Ferrari 365 BB and the Lamborghini Countach LP400 were the two cars that have been a complete wonder to the people of the entire world.  Porsche 911 Turbo marked its presence in the very next years after 1968 and became a head turner. The Panther 6 in 1977 was also highly appreciated by one and all for their performance packed supercar.

1980 – 1999

Turbo Esprit was the next entrant to the world of supercars. The competition became even more profound in the same year with the 192 mph
. This car from the 1980’s has been one of the most prominent ones for many of the supercar lovers. However, although there were many cars that kept coming to the industry from time to time, but the fiercest competition in the 1980’s was between the two giants, Ferrari and Lamborghini. After the 1980’s the competition between sports car manufacturing companies became usual to bring out the fastest supercars to the world and the competition is quite prominent even today.

The supercars have evolved way too fast in the next century. The main reason that has led to the great change in the evolution of supercars is the fact that a lot of time, money and constant research have been spent on them. The car companies these days spend millions of rupees to design a supercar to meet the today’s motorist’s desires. We hope that in the days to come, the supercars will evolve even more to keep up with the growing competition.

 

Things You Need to Know While Buying a Second Hand Sports Car

Considering a second hand sports car is a good idea, especially for individuals looking for a performance packed machine within their budget. A used car costs about half the price of a new car and in most cases second owners are satisfied with their purchase. Also, it’s a good option for those who are simply learning driving and want to enhance their sports car driving skills (driving a supercar is crazy as hell and you know that). Once you’re a perfect you can sell it again (or not id you want) with just a little depreciation and purchase the new one.

But, as a coin has two sides, you should be aware of the few things in order to save your money from getting wasted on something which has no value. When you plan to go for a used sports car, there is no surety that you will get exactly what you want.

Here are the things that you should keep in your mind while purchasing a used sports car.

Who Should You Buy From? Seller or Dealer?

Many of you may have this question in mind. Well,, to answer,..both options have merits and demerits. While you buy a car from dealer, he takes care of all the documentations and minor fixes to make sure you buy it without spending more of your time. Only thing you have to do is to verify that he has the car on his name. But in that case you may usually be charged a big amount including the incentive of dealer.

On the other hand, buying your car directly from the owner saves you a lot of money. After getting it evaluated from the mechanic, you can make your choice. The decision is yours to decide. “Which one is your cup of tea?”

The Paint Job, Rust, Dents and Scratches:

First impression is not always the last impression. Don’t get fooled with what you see. Make sure if there is any paint job done on the car. Ask the owner for this and if he hesitates to tell you the truth, you can also check yourself. Check the corners of windows and move your hand along the joint edges and see if you find any toughness. It indicates the left residue which is hid by masking a tape over it. Also try to figure out any scratches, rust spots and dents and negotiate on the basis of this.

Maintenance

Maintenance cost is usually high with sports cars. They are less on mileage and need premium gas. Essentials like tires, alloys and other main accessories are costlier than an ordinary car. Check the service book. It will provide you an accuracy of when the car was serviced last time and whether the owner takes his ride to servicing regularly or not.

So you don’t get yourself in a mess, hire an expert mechanic and let him evaluate the car on various parameters. Being a knowledgeable guy, he will always assist you in a better way.

Ride Quality

The very important aspect to consider while buying an old car is the ride quality. Have a ride of the car and see if it shifts the gears smoothly. Also, not to forget checking the steering and pickup then decide whether you can go for this car or not. Try to have it when the car is cold. There is a lot of difference between testing a standing car and the cold one.

Now comes the balance and alignment of the car. Check whether the car is not moving to a one particular direction and takes you exactly where you want. If it does so, the there may be problem with either the tires or the steering alignments. If you have a mechanic to inspect the vehicle then he may guide you thoroughly.

Inspect the Interiors:

While inspecting the interior of the car, also check the odometer and take readings from it. It says totally a different story of the car then the owner is hiding something from you. make sure all the controls are in working condition. Check for AC/Blower vents, buttons and other controls to ensure your money is worth spending.

Document Checklist

Certification of registration:

Registration Certificate is an important document to check the identity of the owner. It mentions owner name, chassis number, engine number of the car, and other mandatory details which needs to be matched with the details of the person owning that car. If the details are matched, can move ahead! And not to forget the license as well.

Insurance:

if you have decided to go for the car then make sure you transfer the insurance to your name. if you don’t you will fail to claim it in case of an accident. If the insurance is expired or due for renewal, you can negotiate at that point. Also ensure that the care is not more than 15 years old (vary country to country).

Road Tax Receipt

Road tax is paid by the first owner while buying the car. It is a onetime payment and in case if it is not paid, this can have you a penalty of worth thousand dollars.

Considering these things while buying your very own second hand sports car won’t let you in any trouble. Instead, it can save you a lot of money and make you buy your favorite sports car that you will drive on roads for years with price and without any problem.

We know you love these beauties that’s Supercars2 is dedicated to provide you the Automotive news that you’re looking for. Thanks for taking your precious time in reading this.

 

Best Selling Supercars of All Time

They are hot, sexy and gorgeous and the sound of their massive exhaust is simply enough to turn anyone’s head around when on roads! Supercars are dreamt by almost everyone in this world but only a few can afford to buy. They cost millions but those who can afford don’t mind spending that hefty amount because they know what they’re going to buy.

On our list today, we have our list of best selling supercars of all time. Check them out!

Nissan GT-R

The very first supercar we have on our list is the Nissan GT-R. Not just can impress anyone for the first time from its appearance but it also offers the feel of s supercar that is it known for. The car has all wheel drive transmission and is powered by Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 3.8 Litre engine which gives out 545 horse power which sounds really well in its range.

In terms of safety the car has Antilock Braking System, Traction Control and Airbags which can save anyone’s life in urgency.

Audi R8

Since the company begin its manufacturing in 2006 with a few numbers, Audi R8 soon became the popular sports car of the era. Supercar lovers were so impressed with what Audi R8 has to offer then and still it continues to be the buying choice of many. With so many facelifts and engine enhancements during a couple of years, Audi continues to impress its pride customer with an example of great engineering, technology, innovation and design in the R8.

The Audi R8 is a 7 speed all wheel drive transmission which is powered by massive V10 engine turning out 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Different variants of the Audi R8 have a different sort of features.

Lexus LFA

Not just Lexus LFA is the fastest in the Lexus line but also it is one of the best selling supercars of all time. It is believed that there are only around 600 Lexus LFA’s across the world which means that the individuals who own this gorgeous coupe are the luckiest pride owners in the world.

On the performance side the Lexus LFA features an F1 inspired racing engine that has a top speed of 202 mph and gives out about 555 horsepower which means its owners can ride the car with a zoom on the roads and enjoy the pleasure out of it. Carefully crafted with carbon fibre, this outstanding car comes with a base price of $375,000.

Noble M600

Since the company entered in the world of supercars in 1999, Noble has only crafted a few till date with the most successful car being the Noble M600. Inside this beautiful piece of design lies the 4.4 Litre v-8 Volvo engine that has a top speed of 225 mph and gives out about 650 bhp of power. Although the M600 could not survive in the market due to its Italian competitors but individuals who own this machine never hesitate to appreciate the motoring experience it offers.

PORSCHE 911

Since the beginning of its productions in 1963, the Porsche 911 is a supercar which has always been admired by motorists and supercar lovers looking for stylish and performance packed cars.  Nothing much has changed on the appearance side but when we talk about the technology, the Porsche 911 has undergone constant developments since its first model was produced.

Ferrari LA Ferrari

Having external body made out of carbon fibre which is extremely light yet super strong, the Ferrari LA Ferrari is one of the fastest cars in the world. The car is powered with incredibly dynamic hybrid powertrain engine that has a top speed of 218mph, which is interesting!

Considering its safety features, the car has inventive electronic controls that stabilise and control braking, traction, gear shift and much more. At present, the car is priced at around
£1,150,000

Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley Continental GT Speed has always been known for its innovative technology and performance around the world. Since its first launch in 2002, the car has undergone several cosmetic and performance related upgrades and the present version boasts 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine that has the top speed of 206 mph and generates 633 horsepower. There is no doubt that the Bentley’s Continental GT Speed is an easy car to fall for. It looks awesome, has all the luxury features of a premium car and is crafted to perfection.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series is a car which is not just gorgeous but extremely rare and exotic. Featuring a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 622 horsepower, the SLS AMG is an upgraded version of its predecessor and now can easily reach the top speed of 197 mph (thanks to Mercedes for making enhancements on the performance side), giving its driver the freedom to be a buzz on the roads. The individuals owning Mercedes AMG GT surely feel jealous of not having an upgraded version.

That’s all for this post. We hope you really liked reading. To stay updated with what’s up in the world of Supercars, stay tuned!