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|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car prototype|
|Layout||mid-engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Engine||5.7 L (350 cu in) twin-turbo Chevrolet V8|
|Transmission||3-speed THM425 automatic|
The Vector W2 is a concept car created by Vector Motors in 1980. It has a twin-turbocharged 350 cid (5.7 L) Donovan V8 engine that produced over 600 hp (450 kW) and over 600 ft·lbf (800 N·m) of torque. The top speed was a claimed 242 mph (389 km/h).
The name comes from the "W" for Jerry Wiegert (designer and founder of Vector) and "2" for the number of turbos. Even though this car was a prototype, the car was repainted to verify different paint schemes prior to production and was photographed by many magazines after being repainted several different colors. Between 1982 and 1987, Wiegert attempted to raise the money to start production of his car. In its lifetime, the car has covered over 100,000 miles (160,000 km) in testing, more than any other concept car. In 1989, a modified version of the W2 went in production as the Vector W8.
Currently, the Vector W2 prototype is owned by Wiegert. The car is currently dismantled, and stored alongside other Vector equipment in the current Vector headquarters in Wilmington, California.
- Griffin, Larry (December 1980). "Essence of Omnipotence: Vector W2". Car and Driver (Ziff-Davis) 26 (6): 36–40. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
- Linde, Arvids (15 April 2011). Preston Tucker & Others: Tales of Brilliant Automotive Innovators & Innovations. Veloce Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-845840-17-4. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "License to Steele" at the Internet Movie Database
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