To celebrate America’s day of independence, we thought we’d compile a list of what we’re especially grateful for: American supercars.
American ingenuity, know-how and displacement granted us the gift of some of the finest supercars on the planet, shaking an industry that’s European dominated (Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc.). While it may not be what we’re best known for – American Muscle is our calling card – high-end American supercars certainly exist.
Here are our favourites.
The Ford GT
The Ford GT isn’t going to blow any supercars away with its performance numbers; in that regard, it trails other powerful hypercars. It produces 550 horsepower and reaches 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and touches a top speed of 212 mph – somewhat average numbers compared to today’s standard.But its lineage, timeless design and critical acclaim can’t be quantified, and why the iconic GT makes our shortlist. For a design based on a 50-year-old car, the GT looks as modern (and menacing) as any other supercar you’ll find today.Collectors and enthusiasts still hold the GT in the highest regard, proven in its continual upward trajectory in the used car market.Ford is releasing its second generation of the GT this year, which we hope can deliver the same unique blend of supercar suave as the original.
The Mosler MT900
Warren Mosler, founder of Consulier Industries, is known for his manic pursuit of lightness in his company’s philosophy towards car construction.He made his mark on the supercar industry when his featherweight Mosler MT900 outpaced a Porsche Carrera GT and Ferrari Enzo in both 0-60mph (Mosler 3.1s vs. GT 3.5s vs. Enzo 3.3s) and 1/4 mile acceleration challenges.Heralded as one of the most practical supercars ever produced, the American product houses a LS7, 7-liter V8 engine that provides over 550 horsepower.
Not a bad car made by some guy who ran for President in 2012 (he should stick to cars).
The SSC Ultimate Aero TT
The Aero TT is almost a hybrid car, extracting elements from European styling and American muscle design.It has the prestigious claim of being the only American car to set a record for being the fastest car in the world, thanks largely to the twin-turbo V8 engine that produces an impossible 1,287 horsepower. The sleek, aerodynamic All-American artifact reaches a top speed of 256.14mph.
Oddly, the Aero seemed to be marketed towards professional athletes back in the day (we suppose they’d be the market to afford it). Press releases continually made not that the car could comfortably accommodate an “average-sized” (6’7”, 300lbs) NFL lineman as a design goal.
The Saleen S7
The S7 isn’t as acclaimed as the other cars on this list, but it should be. The attention to detail given to their cars are so precise, Saleen Automotive has well-documented financial troubles from giving zero regard to cost in pursuit of building America’ first perfect, production supercar.Everything about the Saleen is meticulously tested, so if there was ever a way to truly justify spending half-a-million dollars on something, putting your money behind the S7 is a good bet. The S7’s aerodynamics were fine-tuned using the University of Glasgow’s wind tunnel in Scotland; the carbon fiber work was done overseen by Formula 1 suppliers.