Let's face it. It's hard to design a new exotic supercar. The most timeless shapes were spoken for years ago, and every exotic since then has been just a derivative mishmash of science fiction and aerodynamics optimization (especially the homemade ones). That's not to say a car like the Lamborghini Gallardo isn't good looking in its own way, or that the Aston Martin DB9 isn't a luscious piece of eye candy. It's just that those traditional parameters of automotive beauty—see any Ferrari built before 1972—no longer exist. Without a clear vision, a modern designer looking to challenge expectations can easily find himself rudderless. Take the latest supercar from Switzerland's Weber Sportscars for example.
Weighing just 1,984 pounds, the Weber Faster One (seriously) is powered by a 900-horsepower twin-supercharged V8 based on the same 7.0-liter LS7 found in Chevrolet's Corvette Z06. Weber boffins created the Faster One's six-speed sequential gearbox and AWD system in-house. The latter system can send up to 36 percent of torque to the front wheels. The company reports zero-to 100 km/h (62 mph) in an astonishing 2.7 seconds, with a top speed—yet to be verified by a third party -- of 248 mph. Those number put it in range of the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron, a car whose so-so looks are augmented by the brilliant engineering exercise beneath its skin. Not so with the Weber.
Either you love the design or think it'd be better suited for the prequel of John Travolta's "Battleship Earth," should, heaven forbid, such a movie be made. And it'll take quite a quantity of love, and money, to take home the Weber Faster One. The company is asking 1.6 million Swiss francs ($1.5 million) for the honor. There's probably a myopic banker from Zurich kicking the tires this very minute.
I think this car ROCKS!! When I get a sports car i'm gonna think about getting a Weber Fast One. -1234 ummm 6
I don't know about supercars but the innovations begginnign to happen like the Skateboard design options are starting to open up. The Skateboard is, essentially, just that. It's a flat four-wheeled platform that is fuel-cell powered and "independently mobile". That is you can plop pretty much any sort of body on top (a sports car, van, utility vehicle, off-roader) and voila you've got yourself a car. One of the biggest limitations of current vehicle design is the neccessity to design around the mechanics of the car (i.e. the engine, exhaust, etc.) With that taken out of the equation the possibilities increase dramatically. Too bad the Skateboard is still very much a concept and not a reality just yet.
Yeah I have read about the skateboard a couple times. You'd have to worry about collisions in a car like that though. That and the fuel cells are still explosive.