GT Spirit reported yesterday (Feb. 23,2013) that a Vector W8 was spotted in Beverley Hills,Calif. by automotive photographer Andrew Olson. What makes this particular car sighting extra special is the fact that there were only 19 Vector W8's ever made ( 17 being sold to the public). At an MSRP of $455,000, consequently they were only available to the extremely wealthy.
The Vector company and the W8 achieved cult status after closing shop 4 years into production of the W8. Many cite the more popular Lamborghini Contach which sold for much cheaper at around $100,000 being the cause of the Vector company's eventual demise.
During its time and even today, the Vector W8 is an engineering marvel. Inspired by Group C racing from the 1980's, the chassis is made from an aluminum honeycomb semi-monocoque structure, making the body extremely lightweight and stiff. The entire body is made from carbon fiber and kevlar, a technology still being used today. And its six liter V8 was twin turbocharged with power figures at 625 HP and 630 lb-ft of torque. Top speed was reportedly good for 220 MPH.
Thanks to Sony and Polyphony-Digital, the Vector W8 was forever immortalized on Gran Turismo 2 for the PlayStation platform.
In sunny Southern California (particularly in Beverley Hills), a regular Mercedes or Lamborghini just won't cut it. To stand out here, a Vector W8 is just the ticket.
Source: GT Spirit