10 American Sports Cars That Are Capable Of Mixing It Up With The Europeans Around A Track

For the longest time, the high-performance sports car market was dominated by European manufacturers. Just look at the production car speed record. For most of the 20th century, the list of record-breaking sports cars was dominated by European manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Porsche.RELATED: 10 American Cars That Changed the WorldHowever, over the last three decades, we’ve started to see a shift in the market. American automakers have grown tired of the Europeans dominating and have built several fantastic supercars that can face off against the Bugattis and Koenigseggs of this world and come out on top. Let’s explore ten of them.

10 Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey is a Texas-based tuning company best known for building some of the craziest custom cars we’ve seen. However, in 2017, the company decided to establish the Hennessey Special Vehicles division to build supercars that could compete against the very best.

The Venom F5 is the second car built by Hennessey Special Vehicles. This car shows that Hennessey means business. It has a gorgeous design and comes with a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 blurting out 1,817 horses. With a top speed of over 300 mph, the Venom F5 is one of the fastest supercars ever built.

9 SSC Tuatara

The Tuatara needs no introduction, as it was the subject of one of the biggest controversies in the auto industry in 2020. In October 2020, SSC claimed that the Tuatara had achieved a top speed of 330 mph, but many renowned automotive experts and journalists disputed it.

SSC decided to repeat the top speed run three months later, and while it couldn’t achieve 330 mph, a 283 mph run was still enough to make it the fastest car in the world. While there may be varying opinions about the Tuatara’s actual top speed, everyone agrees that it’s an insanely fast American masterpiece. ​​​​​​​

8th Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

Saleen started in California as a manufacturer of performance car parts. In 2000, the company decided to switch things up when it built its first-ever production car — the S7.

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Looking at the S7, it was hard to tell that it was built by a company with no previous experience in building its own cars. That’s because it had a proper supercar design, advanced engineering, and lots of power, particularly the twin-turbocharged version. With 750 ponies, the S7 Twin Turbo had a top speed of 248 mph.

7 Ford GT

In 2005, Ford unveiled the GT to honor one of its greatest models — the iconic GT40 that earned Ford three Le Mans wins at the expense of Ferrari. The GT was so popular that Ford revived it for a second generation in 2016.

The 2016 GT has everything one could ever want in a supercar — a gorgeous design with GT40-inspired styling cues and the power to match, thanks to a massive twin-turbo V6 producing 660 hp.

6 Dodge Viper (VX I)

In the early ’90s, Dodge shocked the world when it introduced the Viper. No one expected an American automaker to build a sports car with so much power and speed. The Viper was so popular that Dodge produced it for the next three decades.

To give it a fitting send-off, Dodge made sure that the fifth and final Viper generation was insanely fast. Powered by a monstrous 8.4-liter V10 with 640 hp on tap, the fifth-generation Viper could hit a top speed of 206 mph.

5 SSC Ultimate Aero

Before the Tuatara’s controversial top speed run in 2020, SSC was largely unknown to most gearheads. What they didn’t know is that SSC has been around for over two decades and even built another record-breaking car before the Tuatara – the Ultimate Aero. ​​​​​​​

Introduced in 2004, the Ultimate Aero was SSC’s first car. The Ultimate Aero was super fast, but since it couldn’t break the Bugatti Veyron’s top speed record, SSC introduced a turbocharged version in 2009. The Ultimate Aero TT turned out to be a success, as its 254-mph top speed made it the Fastest production car in the world at the time. ​​​​​​​

4 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

In the late ’80s, Chevy introduced the ZR-1 as the top-ranging model of the C4 generation. The ZR-1 was such a hit that Chevy decided to bring it back in subsequent generations. The third ZR1 debuted in 2019, and just like the two ZR1s before it, it was a beast.

The 2019 ZR1 is powered by a supercharged LT5 V8 engine cranking out 755 hp, allowing it to become the fastest Corvette ever with a top speed of 212 mph.​​​​​​ ​

3 Vector W8

You don’t hear much about Vector today, but in the early ’90s, it was one of the most exciting American automakers. Vector was known for building supercars with eye-catching designs and powerful engines, and the W8 was one of its best creations. ​​​​​​​

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The W8 had a lot going for it – a superb wedge-shaped design that rivaled anything from Europe and a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 625 hp. With only 22 units built, the W8 is among the rarest American cars ever.

2 Mosler Consulier GTP

Warren Mosler is an American entrepreneur and gearhead who always had a dream of building a high-performance sports car. As such, he founded Mosler Automotive in 1985 and produced his first and most famous car the same year — the Consulier GTP.

The Consulier GTP had one of the weirdest designs we’ve seen in a sports car and was powered by a Chrysler-sourced 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This doesn’t sound like much, but the Consulier GTP weighed just over 2,000 lbs thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials.

1 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003S

James Glickenhaus is an American film producer and automotive entrepreneur. Glickenhaus is also an avid car collector and owns some of the most iconic sports cars, including the Ford GT40 and Ferrari 159 Spyder Corsa.

In 2004, Glickenhaus decided to establish his own company in New York – Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus. One of the best cars ever built by the company is the SCG 003S. Introduced in 2014, the SCG 003S is a track-oriented but street-legal hypercar with a 500-hp twin-turbo V6 under the hood.

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