Most motorists will be able to name you a list of two to three dozen car manufacturers. Half of them will be well known to ordinary people, who are interested in the market and are searching for their perfect car.
However, there is a considerable amount of vehicles around the world, about which only a small group of people have heard of. Such vehicles are issued in limited quantities (no more than 500 units – rarely more than this number), and is known only in one particular country.
In Canada, there is the HTT Supercar brand, which you have probably heard of. This is the first supercar that is completely assembled in the province of Quebec. If you didn’t know about it before, we advise you to Google the images or go to Wikipedia, where you will find more information. Unfortunately, their official website is not working right now.
As for our list, we decided to include those vehicles, which in our opinion will be interested for you to know. There are supercars, military vehicles, vans and conventional vehicles produced in small numbers. So, after reading this article, you will be able to broaden your automotive knowledge with several new names.
• Rimac Automobili Concept One
Concept One is the Croatian supercar which was designed by Adriano Mudri and Goran Popovic. Its engine has a total output of 800kw or 1,088 horsepower and can race up to 350 kilometers per hour. On a single charge, the vehicle can travel up to 350 kilometers, which is an incredible result. By today’s standards, Rimac Automobili is one of the best electric cars on the market, which is on a par with the Mercedez Benz SLS AMG and Audi R8 e-tron. As evidence of the company’s serious intentions, the CEO has been able to negotiate with the administration of the Formula-E for the use of Concept One as the official race director’s car.
• GTA Motor Spano
Do you know many Spanish sports car at the moment? Spano has been on the market for nearly seven years. In 2008, a sister company of GTA Motor Competicion started assembly of its first prototype, which two years later went into mass production. The model uses a modified turbocharged V10 780hp engine from the Dodge Viper. It allows the car to reach the speed of 350 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 in 2.9 seconds. A unique feature of the car is a patented glass roof, which was designed in Valencia. It gives a sense of spaciousness for anyone sitting in the cabin of the vehicle.
• Zenvo ST1
When we, ordinary people, say Denmark, we might imagine LEGO and all that it involves. However, for car enthusiasts, the country also has to offer something interesting. The prototype for the Zenvo ST1 was developed in 2008, and in 2009 began production. Until 2016, it sold only 15 such vehicles. Under the hood, you will find the 6.8-litre V8 engine that produces 1,000 horsepower. The car is assembled by hand at the company’s factory and to build one of them take up to 300 hours of continuous work. This year comes the continuation of the ST1 model, called TS1, which will also be released in a limited quantity.
• Dartz Prombron
Headquartered in Riga, Latvia, Dartz Motorz Company has existed in the automotive market from 2012. They specialize in the production of expensive armored vehicles with the use of rare materials. One of them is a leather made from the foreskin of whale penis (yes, you read that correctly) which got banned in several countries around Europe. Prombron was manufactured from 2012 to 2015 and at one time, it held the title of most expensive SUV on the market (Red Diamond Edition). You will get a 552hp engine that will take you to Monaco (or heaven) with a maximum speed of 312 km/h.
• DC Design Avanti
Italian spirit in a car that is produced in India? Many Italians would be choked with red wine from their garden knowing that such vehicle exists. No jokes – it’s DC Avanti, the first sports car made in India. Originally it was named after Studebaker Avanti, a luxury coupe that was made in the 1960s. The Avanti is powered by a 250 hp 2.0-litre turbocharged Renault engine with a six-speed manual transmission. The car is assembled in Pune, India, and no more than ten such vehicles have been sold in the last couple of years. It will be challenging to find them right now, but if you are a big fan of exotics car, this one should not be overlooked.
• Mitsuoka Orochi
Orochi was named in honor of the “big snake of eight branches” from Japanese mythology. A manufacturer called Mitsuoka announced the release of the vehicle back in 2001, but mass production only started in 2006. The plan was to produce 400 units until 2010. However, due to the destructive criticism, the manufacturer was not able to achieve these numbers. Despite the excellent characteristics ( 3.3-litre V6 engine by Toyota), many journalists criticized the car for its exterior and Orochi was called one of the ugliest supercar in the world. This ultimately led to the collapse of the company in 2014.
• Jeep FC-150 Minivan
Today, Jeep is strongly associated with the production of jeeps (surprise!). However, back in the 1950s, after the Second World War, the company desperately tried to discover new niches. At this time, they began production of the Jeep Forward Control which was a small truck with a cab over (or forward control) design. Then there were three FC-150 Minivans, which were used as prototypes and based on the chassis of the Forward Control truck. We, unfortunately, do not know the reason why Jeep decided not to allow mass production of this model but it may have had the potential to be iconic as the Volkswagen Westfalia.
• Toyota Mega Cruiser
The resounding success of the Hummer H1 did not give rest to many competitors. One of the first companies that decided to create a direct Humvee competitor became Toyota in 1995. The Mega Cruiser was released and designed primarily for use by the military. It was powered by a 4.1-litre I4 engine that was producing 210 hp. Many developments and features have been employed later in mass-produced vehicles such as in the Toyota Land Cruiser. However, the model itself was considered unsuccessful due to the weak demand and was discontinued in 2002.
• Venturi 400GT
Venturi was founded in 1984 and initially produced mainly sports cars. One of the best models became the 400GT, which was built predominantly for use at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and which made the company legendary in France. At that time, the vehicle had excellent characteristics, including a 3.0-litre V6 engine with a capacity of 420 hp. The most remarkable and important feature was standard carbon brakes, where Venturi became the first firm in the world that implemented them in the mass produced vehicle. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, they went bankrupt in 2001. A year later, with the help of local business people, it was restored a year later. Nowadays, Venturi is concentrated in the manufacturing of electric-powered engines.
• Savage Rivale Roadyacht GTS
The Danish company Savage, in 2012 released its supercar called the Roadyacht GTS, which has many unusual characteristics. You should start with the four doors that rise up to the sky and make the car look like a budding flower. Also, inside the car, there is a huge touch display, with which you can manage all systems of the vehicle and of course a cooler for champagne. Despite such a set of features, the car is high-speed and has under the hood a V8 engine, which will allow the driver to accelerate up to 360 km/h. But these cars are not built for speed. No, you need to slowly drive through the narrow streets of Monaco and get pleasure from the jealous views of strangers, who’ll never be able to afford such an exclusive vehicle.