Name: Lotec C1000

Debuted: 1995

Specs: Mercedes twin-turbo 5.6-litre V8 engine with 1,000 metric horsepower, five-speed racing transmission, rear-wheel drive, carbon fibre body and chassis, 1,080 kg weight

Why We Remember It Now:

For a lot of reasons. From its futuristic shape to the amazing technical specifications, but also for the impressive (claimed) performance and the one-of-one status.

Long before Pagani introduced the C12 with its Mercedes-sourced V12, another supercar from the 1990s with an engine from the three-pointed star took the automotive world by storm… and then it vanished. The completely bespoke one-off C1000 was developed by a Germany company known for its Group 6 and Group C race cars after a wealthy businessman from UAE contacted Lotec in 1990 to build him the fastest car in the world.

Gallery: 1995 Lotec C1000

Work on the car commenced in 1991, and nearly four years and $3.4 million (approx £2.7 million) later, the C1000 was ready for delivery purely as a one-off car. It was engineered with a full carbon fibre body and chassis to keep the weight in check at only 1,080 kg despite having a large engine. Indeed, a 5.6-litre V8 from Mercedes with a pair of Garrett turbochargers pushed 986 bhp to the rear wheels through a Hewland five-speed racing gearbox.

Thanks to a low weight / high power combo, the Lotec C1000 was allegedly able to complete the 0-62 mph run in 3.2 seconds and the 0-124 mph journey in 8 seconds. That’s still mighty impressive even by today’s standards. Flat out, Lotec claimed its supercar was capable of hitting remarkable 268 mph or significantly more than the iconic McLaren F1 with its 240.1 mph velocity achieved on March 31, 1998.

Last time we heard, the fascinating two-door coupe was up for grabs in the United States for a cool $650,000 (approx. £512,000). However, that was roughly four years ago, back when the odometer was showing merely 1,600 miles on the clock.

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