Throughout the history of the automotive world, the term ‘supercar’ has been especially reserved for a particular type of vehicle, usually a mid-engined European car with extravagant style and a price tag to match. The States, on the other hand, have been battling for decades to prove that they can deliver the same level of performance, and the result is that some of the most iconic performance machines are manufactured on both sides of the Atlantic due to their competitive nature.
American Made Engineering
In the world of automobiles, the electric vehicle, and the self driving car, the essence of supercars is starting to shift — primarily in terms of the most expensive and impressive examples of these vehicles. One of the most awe-inspiring rivalries came from an American supercar, Ford, and Italy’s time-honoured engineering excellence, Ferrari. Ford saw some upsets through the tournament but was the defining reason for the creation of the GT40, one of the early chapters in the American supercar story. Following those, American performance on the most competitive global stage of supercars continued to be demonstrated by cars such as the Corvette and Dodge Viper.
As well as achieving blindingly fast acceleration and reaching incredible top speeds, American supercars are proving to be among the most formidable time attack track dominators in the world, whether it is becoming part of the exclusive 200, or now even 300, mph club. They are among the most capable of going after some of the most coveted titles and breaking the world’s most incredible records in motorsport. American-made performance engineering is now popular among thrill seekers who once looked only to Europe for top-performance cars.
Saleen S7 LM — Price Available on Request
No one quite likes speed like Steve Saleen. So after he finished his Mustang aftermarket business, he turned into a supercar builder with one vision: speed! This is how the S7 came to be. The car’s body takes inspiration from a bygone Aston Martin project that never quite had the legs to launch. In the body, they fitted a 7-litre 427 ci V8 engine that was naturally sucked in. Over the years, a few modifications have been made, including adding a twin-turbo model that created 750 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. The most modern version, the S7 LM, is the lightest model ever produced, delivering double the horsepower at 1,500.
SSC Tuatara — $1.9 million
Featuring a carbon-fibre body, the SSC is the first American supercar to enter the supercar wars. Nelson Racing has supplied the SSC with a 5.9-litre V8 engine with a flat-plane crank. This car has supreme power, and at full boost using E85 fuel, it can deliver 1,750 horsepower at close to 9,000 rpm. The torque is equally impressive, coming in at 1,280 lb-ft at 6,800 rpm, and a 7-speed CIMA sequential has been fitted to send all of this power to the rear wheels. Only 100 of these cars have been produced, making them very exclusive and one of the main reasons they have such an expensive price tag.
Hennessey Venom F5 — $1.6 million
This is Hennessey Performance Engineering’s first production body and chassis, and their twin-turbo V8 will attempt the world record whenever suitable tires become available. All of the Hennessey Venom F5 models sold out shortly after the company debuted them in California. As one of the most incredible American hypercars ever built, Hennessey hopes to break the 300 mph barrier with this car.
Draco GTE — $1.25 million
The Drako GTE embodies the future of supercars. This supercar is a quad-electric example of next-level engineering that pumps out an outstanding 1,200 horsepower and close to 6,500 lb-ft of torque. This obscene amount of power can propel the GTE to lightning-fast speeds, reaching over 200 mph.
Ford GT — $500,000
The Ford GT40 was and continues to be the pinnacle of American supercars, boasting the breathtaking bodywork, design, and engineering that helped this vehicle dominate the Le Mans track for so long. The GT sings with its twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine, producing up to 660 horsepower. This machine should be enjoyed on a race track to truly appreciate its acceleration and superior performance. This ultimate example of American engineering — a supercar for the ages — will undoubtedly be reimagined and updated for years to come.
When it comes to supercars, their power and engineering prowess takes them above the rest, delivering when it comes to speed, performance, and style. America is home to big things, which makes it no surprise that it is now the home of the supercar. These are some of the most expensive available on the market, and some are produced only on a limited basis. Supercars are some of the greatest examples of automotive engineering, perfect for petrolheads and even EV enthusiasts looking for a sustainable rush of adrenaline.