Supercar: Evolution and Extinction
In a decade-by-decade look at the supercar we wonder if its evolution is at its end
Supercars were once all about pure performance.
Gentleman racers of the 40s and 50s wanted the kinds of cars in which you could streak from Paris to the Amalfi coast overnight in an aether of oil fumes and Aqua Di Parma. Back in those halcyon days you never worried about terminal surveillance. It was all about terminal velocity. All that mattered was the roar of the engine and the patina of the hide. So when the commendatore released the 250 Gran Tourismo Omologato so it could be raced at Le Mans, he really started something.