Take a look at our five favourite hypercars from decades past, showcasing the very best in retro styling.
Once the world’s fastest production car, Jaguar’s one and only luxury supercar was designed for the road but inspired by race engineering. The XJ220 is a big two-seater, powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that can hit 213mph and take you from 0-60mph in just 3.6 seconds – all in first gear!
It has a breathtaking exterior, which looks modern even by today’s standards, and impressive performance which means it is responsive even at a slower pace.
Clocking 240.1mph, there is no doubt that the F1 is quick and with its unusual 3 seat arrangement it is certainly an unusual offering from McLaren. There is a gold-lined engine bay, carbon bodywork and titanium parts, making this a luxury hypercar that few can afford. It was made to be reliable, fast and the F1 GTR model won the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The wheelbase, chassis, weight-distribution and proportions may hint at race car, but the 288 GTO is a street-legal supercar that handled better than any rival. The styling struck a chord with the public and Ferrari went over their planned production of 200 by 72 to keep up with demand. This extreme performance GTO was once the fastest and most sophisticated supercar around!
Toyota GT One
1998 – 1999
Also known as the Toyota TS020, this car was always destined to be a Le Mans star, qualifying second in 1998 during its first ever competition appearance. Everything was designed using advanced CAD systems to make the GT One a success, both for the famous 24-hour race and as a road version which has raised suspension ride height, lower rear wing and a smaller fuel tank.
1995–1997 & 2001
Ferrari’s F50 is a Formula One car for public roads, or at least as close as you can get; even the 4.7-litre engine is derived directly from the ’89 F1 unit. There is a superb rear wing, aerodynamic-focused styling and wider range of colours than previously offered on earlier models.
The F50 was a fantastic, high performance anniversary celebration for Ferrari that had a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.