Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
April 3, 2024 ·  7 min read

10 Cars You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

These are a few of the world’s most amazing rides that were never commercially successful, created by small, incredibly devoted manufacturers. The auto business is a flurry of activity. A new era of power, technology, and consumer desire for contemporary ecological products is gradually emerging. Due to this, there are now more players in the field vying for a piece of the tech and electrification pie that is being offered everywhere.

However, a few years ago, there was a comparable period when the market was overflowing with new cars from automakers. Everyone was vying to become the King of these new divisions as new niches appeared. The majority of the vehicles on this list are from there. For the majority of American productions, the goal was to push the boundaries of speed through hand-built hypercars and the introduction of the first minivan. Step over the border into Europe and you’ll find cult-like classics and a Slovenian supercar that was an absolute beauty. Sadly, they were never able to achieve the level of success that made Michael Jackson an automobile, and as a result, they were lost to history.

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10. Lucra LC470, American

Lucra L470
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San Marcos, California is the location of the entirely hand-built Lucra LC470 automobile. When you first step on the throttle, this piece of machinery is meant to impress you with its appearance and then give you the jitters. The intense performance was made possible by Luke Richards’ tireless efforts, in addition to the stunning appearance. Luke, a British expat in California, combined the harsh performance of American V8s with the lightweight concept of most British sports cars. They designed a lightweight, tube-framed sports automobile with 505 horsepower using a Chevy LS7 V8 engine in collaboration with automotive designer Chuck Beck.

9. Rally Fighter from Local Motors, American

Local Motors Rally FIghter
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In the annals of automotive history, the Local Motors Rally Fighter holds a unique position. It was the first co-creation-based project ever. Sangho Kim, the car’s designer, offered multiple ideas; one was chosen by a public vote. However, that was the source of the issue. The vehicle had the appearance of something straight out of the comments section. The Rally Fighter is a street-legal vehicle in all 50 states, and it was developed between 2010 and 2016. There was an American-made 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, supplied by GM, under the hood. This brand has significant off-road prowess thanks in part to that enormous 8-cylinder engine. It was mentioned in both The Fate of the Furious and Transformers: Age of Extinction.

8. Roadster Panoz AIV, American

Roadster Panoz AIV
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Perhaps you still recall the retro-styled Plymouth Prowler that caused a stir when it made headlines. Yes, the vehicle’s handling and power were lacking. For all the wrong reasons, the automotive media was quick to point out that it was something we had never seen before. In 1997, the automobile was introduced with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produced 214 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, which led many people to believe they were seeing something new. They weren’t, though, since the Panoz AIV Roadster was a “previous version.” It was Panoz’s second-generation roadster, introduced in 1996. However, it was not the same beast as the Prowler that imitated it. Hard-charging 4.6L Ford V8 under the hood produced 0-60 mph acceleration times in just 4.3 seconds.

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7. Rossion Q1, American

Rossion Q1
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The Q1 was an extremely costly vehicle that you had to construct on your own. The story started when Ian Grunes and Dean Rosen of 1G Racing purchased the manufacturing rights to the incredibly fast M400 after Noble stopped building it. Their swift and opulent creation was the Rossion Q1. A revised mechanical design and new bodywork were applied to the Rossion Q1. The “on-ramps of South Florida” served as the testing and tuning grounds for the suspension, and public roadways were used to gauge ride quality. As a kit automobile, the Rossion Q1 was marketed. The installation of the drivetrain, which cost more than $100,000, was something you had to acquire or pay for.

6. Drakan Spyder, an American

Drakan Spyder
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One of the most extreme sports cars in America that money can buy is the Drakan Spyder. Shinoo Mapleton, a former engineer at General Motors, designed this Californian manufacturer with the goal of creating the best possible sports vehicle. A 6.2-liter GM Performance Parts LS3 E-Rod engine is installed at the back of the tube-frame chassis of the Drakan Spyder, which is powered by a rear-wheel-drive drivetrain. That enormous engine plant generates 424 lb-ft of torque and 430 horsepower. The most absurd aspect is that, with the same engine, it weighs only 2000 pounds, 1300 pounds less than the C6 Corvette. The performance is predictable.

5. Lotec Sirius, European

Lotec Sirius
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In the 1960s, the German manufacturer Lotec was founded and began producing race vehicles. That was before the business turned its attention to fiberglass aftermarket bodywork for Porsches. After that, it started making Mercedes aftermarket parts until being hired in 1990 to construct a custom car for a Japanese businessman. Another car was ordered from the Emirates after that. The construction of the second one lasted five years, and its 5.6-liter Mercedes V8 twin-turbo engine produced 1000 horsepower. Lotec was inspired to create the Sirius, its first supercar, as a result. It was powered by the same V12 as the Pagani Zonda and, depending on the boost settings could produce a reported 1000–1200 horsepower.

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4. Tushek Renovatio T500, European

Tushek Renovatio T500
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Slovenian racer Alojaa Tushek established his own business in 2012, named after himself, at a disused military airstrip. Tushek had purchased a K-1 Attack kit car and intended to sell multiple modified versions of the vehicle before venturing into the auto industry. That undertaking, though, did not satisfy his itch. He then proceeded to construct the Renovatio, a behemoth that weighed just 2,403 pounds and a few ounces. It had an Audi RS4 V8 engine under the hood, which could accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds.

3. MG XPower SV, European

MG Xpower SV
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With Qvale, the Mangusta never perished. MG Rover purchased the firm only for the vehicle, claiming it was already authorized for use on US roads. After spending nearly a year reworking the car for production at a lower cost, the Swedish automaker Caran went ahead and established a new subsidiary for MG. To make the car appear even more aggressive, MG went one step further and hired Peter Stevens, the exterior designer for McLaren F1. But all of this hand-swapping increased the car’s price, which hurt sales when it was first introduced in 2003.

2. Evantara Mazzanti, European

Evantara Mazzanti
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Mazzanti Automobil started as a relatively small car restoration company that has since expanded to include two sections. While the other department designs, develops, and constructs handcrafted supercars, the first department continues to do automotive restorations. Thus yet, the business has only completed developing the Evantara. It has three variations, though. Even while it isn’t the most advanced supercar available—it is merely a box-frame chassis with a Chevy LS7 V8 engine—the car is nonetheless incredible. It has a mid-engine, excellent bodywork, and an interior that is customizable. It can reach a high speed of more than 217 mph and reach 62 mph in 3.2 seconds.

1.  Adamastor P003RL, European

Adamastor P003RL
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This vehicle is known for being the classic tale of a lightweight sports car intended to deliver performance comparable to a supercar at a price point half that of the latter. Although the components varied depending on budget, the construction process for this Portuguese-built sports automobile was essentially the same as that of earlier models. Built by Adamastor, this vehicle had a lightweight composite body, an adjustable suspension system, a tubular aluminum frame chassis, and a dependable yet highly adjustable engine from a major manufacturer. It was completely focused on the track. Ford Ecoboost engines, available in four or six-cylinder configurations, served as that power source. In the middle, they were mounted.

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