Supercars were being produced left, right and centre in the early 2000s. After all, this was a time when the big three assembled the original holy trinity, made up of the Ferrari Enzo, McLaren, Mercedes SLR and the Porsche Carrera GT. But there were also some less-known supercars produced by numerous small-time firms that weren’t afraid to put their necks and wallets on the line by producing niche performance cars. Here's a list of a few supercars which don't deserve to be forgotten:
Ascari A10- Derived from a Ford V8, the CC8S’s powertrain pumped out around 650bhp, just over a third of the output from the company’s modern halo hybrid hypercar, the managed to concoct this track-biased supercar to take on anything else that decided to cross its path. With a thumping 625bhp V8 slapped in a mid-mounted position, the A10 was a development of the previous KZ1 roadcar but unfortunately did not make production and was only realised in prototype form. Ascari was one of the quickest cars of the noughties, getting to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds before pulling to a stratospheric 215mph. If only Ascari had kept producing road cars, the company probably could have been a serious contender to even the big supercar names.
Koenigsegg CC8S- the first road car produced by the carmaker was this one, revealed back in 2002 to the world. Derived from a Ford V8, the CC8S’s powertrain pumped out around 650bhp, just over a third of the output from the company’s modern halo hybrid hypercar, the 1800bhp Regera. This car was capable of 240mph straight off the bat, and paved the way for its CCX and Agera successors.
Morgan Aero 8- it was part of a theme of BMW-powered performance machinery in the 2000s. The supercar uses a 4.4-litre N62 V8 and was the first ‘new’ design by the famous British car maker since 1948. 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 170mph confirmed the Aero 8 as a class act from a company that only really had a reputation for cars stuck in the past.