Against popular belief Vector W2 wasn’t a production model but a concept car and in all probability there was only one produced by Vector Motors in 1980. Jerry Wiegert was the designer and founder of Vector Motors and that’s where the car gets it “W” from. The 2 stands for the twin turbos.
So how do you get to see so many variants of Vector W2? The truth is that the original W2 was repainted and facelifted so many times that everyone thinks of it as many cars and not just one. The car was kept as a concept and tested upon till 1989 and in it’s lifetime it had run more than 160,000 km which is more than any concept car had to endure in its lifetime.
However W2 became the groundwork for Vector W8 which actually went into production in 1989. Vector W2 used a motor based on the Chevy 350 putting out 650 hp to the rear wheels. The motor was aluminum with twin turbos and sat behind the seats, but in front of the rear wheels (rear mid engine). It had jacknife doors like a Lamborghini.
The Vector W2 (and W8) was in the same vein as Ferrari and Lamborghini, but the original versions with their American mechanicals were more akin to the GT40, Mangusta, Pantera, Saleen S7, Mosler, and new Ford GT. TopGear had its hands on vector W2, but the company asked not to do a speed test on the car. However Clarkson agreed that the interior of this car would put the DeLorean to shame.
Hot, she was, Steamy…? perhaps not. But she was mostly seen with the hot ladies as the images below illustrate:
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