The 1990s was a great decade for the proliferation of supercars. Suddenly, all sorts of manufacturers big and small decided to produce cars that were previously built by a small group of Italian companies. For every McLaren F1, there was at least two more that languished in obscurity. Here are some of your favorites.
We can forgive you for not knowing the R390 existed. Just two road-going examples were built to satisfy Le Mans homologation rules, each powered by a twin-turbo V8. One is owned by Nissan, and the other is in the hands of a private collector.
Though it may look like a 911 with a bodykit, the Ruf CTR2 is one serious machine. With a a 520-horsepower twin-turbo flat-six on deck, it could put up some seriously impressive numbers.
Yamaha's experience as a supplier in F1 led them to come up with the OX99-11. Built with radical F1 tech, a tandem cockpit seating arrangement, and a V12 engine, it was very, very cool. Sadly, it never went into production (Yamaha couldn't justify putting an $800,000 car on sale in the middle of a recession), so just three prototypes were built.
Lotus built eight Elise GT1s in total to go racing in Le Mans. In order to be eligible, one of those cars was made road-legal. It features a twin-turbo 6.0-liter version of the C4 Corvette's LT5 V8.
With two sets of gullwing doors and a mid-mounted Mercedes-sourced V12 connected to a manual transmission, we're shocked the 112i fell into obscurity. Its only claim to fame was being featured in the video game Need for Speed II.
The EB110 is, in essence, the Bugatti Veyron's predecessor, sporting a quad-turbo V12 connected to a good old fashioned manual transmission. The high-spec SS version could get to 60 mph in less than three seconds.
The front-engine Panoz Esperante GTR-1 is one of the most unusual race cars of the 1990s. Panoz produced two road cars to homologate the GTR-1 for racing, though the company will for a little under $1 million.
How much is too much? The TVR Cerbera Speed 12 was deemed too fast to sell to the general public, so only one road going prototype was produced. Its V12 produced around 800 horsepower and "terrifying."
You might not consider the NISMO 400R a supercar in the same way a Lamborghini Countach is considered a supercar, but it's serious performance merits inclusion on this list. Its 2.8-liter straight-six was massaged to produce 400 horsepower and featured aerodynamics like Nissan's Le Mans race cars.
For a brief period in the late-1990s, Aston Martin built the most powerful car in the world, the . The company added two superchargers to its familiar V8 to produce 600 horsepower, and added all sorts of racing inspired chassis upgrades. As powerful as it is bizarre.
Everyone knows about the Le Mans-dominating Porsche 962, yet the road going version built by Dauer relishes in obscurity. That's odd, because this street car allowed Porsche to win Le Mans in 1993 with a Dauer 962, thanks to a loophole. Perhaps people associate that victory with the older 962.
The Mosler Consulier GTP and its Intruder and Raptor variants are some of the strangest supercars ever built. Even though it looks like a cheap kit car, it has a carbon kevlar body and handles beautifully.
Another oddball from the GT era in sports car racing is the Lister Storm, which brought back the famous Lister name for a race car and a handful of matching street cars. Just four of these Jaguar V12-powered four-seaters were built.
For the followup to its W8 Twin Turbo, Vector turned to Lamborghini for an engine and this is the result, the M12. If a Diablo is too common for you, and you really want your supercar with Miata turn signals, the Vector M12 is the way to go.
No, what you're looking at above isn't a badly modified Lamborghini Diablo. It's the Cizeta-Moroder V16T, a 16-cylinder Italian oddball. A bit of trivia, the T doesn't stand for Turbo, as many suspect, but it stands for Transverse, as that's how the engine was mounted behind the driver. The reason it looks like the Diablo is because it was designed by the same man, Marcello Gandini. And yes, it was partially funded by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder. It doesn't get more supercar than this.