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Go Behind the Scenes At America’s Greatest Failed Supercar Company

Vector is a footnote in automotive history, but man, what a footnote. The company never managed to find success, but it produced some gloriously weird, genuinely quick supercars during its brief existence from 1989-1993, helping it earn cult status. A recently uncovered documentary from Motoring TV profiles Vector and its founder Gerry Wiegert in 1992, and it’s a glorious relic.

It was during this time Vector actually managed to get a few of its nearly $300,000 W8 Twin Turbos into the hands of customers. Like all of Vector’s cars, the W8 was designed to evoke a fighter jet inside and out, reflecting Wiegert’s love of aviation.

Weigert wanted to offer supercar buyers something more distinct, more American, with his creation. On that front, he succeeded. The W8 was unlike anything else, for better or for worse.

Vector shows a lot of promise in this film, but just a year later, Weigert was forced out of the company. Under the ownership of Indonesian company Megatech, Vector created the M12, which was little more than a Lamborghini Diablo re-bodied in fiberglass. Weigert eventually took back control of Vector, and circulated concept drawings of an all-new Vector hypercar, but that’s about all we’ve heard of the doomed company.

Vector was perhaps too weird for this world, but you have to love it for that. The car world always needs weirdos.

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