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Vector W8

8,143 Mattangi2  2 months ago

The Vector W8 was the brainchild of Gerald Wiegert. The story goes that Wiegert always wanted to become a F-15E fighter pilot, but he couldn’t qualify as his vision was not good enough. So he decided to make up for it, he would create a fighter plane on wheels. And he didn’t mean figuratively, he meant literally. The Vector W8 went into production in 1990, and first-look critics were stunned. Most of the car had been made straight from F-117 Nighthawk parts, from the Kevlar body to the interior, where the Nighthawk’s cockpit had been harvested and turned into a car interior. Over 5 000 Nighthawk rivets were used in its assembly.

The engine was capable of outputting up to 625 horsepower, pushing the car to speeds up to 240 mph, which was unprecedented. It’s 0-60 time was about 3.9 seconds, which isn’t too bad, and it’s futuristic design captured the eyes and minds of millions.

Sadly, only 17 were ever produced, due to some really bad luck.
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In 1989, a prototype of the W8 was gifted to tennis star Andre Agassi. He was warned that this model was a prototype, and thus had a pretty severe overheating problem. He was warned to not drive it more than a couple miles, and never over 40 mph. Andre Agassi completely ignored this and not only drove it more than a couple miles at a time, he took it to a track and did a top speed run. His car engine burst into flames. Andre Agassi blamed the whole thing on Vector’s incompetence as a company, and thus when the car was officially released, the car was shunned.
Fearing bankruptcy, Gerald Wiegert sold his company to an Indonesian company called MegaTech. MegaTech then proceeded to kick Gerald Wiegert out of his own company, scrapped the then-W8 successor, the WX-3, and released the Vector M12 in 1996. And it was hideous. What had once been a gorgeous mix of futuristic design and retro wedge, made with kevlar, aluminium, and carbon fibre, was now a mess of weird angles, strange design choices, and layers and layers of plastic. It was Vector’s last car before officially closing down.

Controls

AG 1 = Main Headlights
AG 2 = Storage Area cover
AG 3 = Doors
AG 4 = Engine Hood
AG 5 = Parking Brake
AG 6 = Secondary Headlights
AG 7 = Change Car Settings Screen
AG 8 = Windshield Wipers
Pitch = Gas/Reverse
Roll = Steering

Features

Full realistic interior
1:1 scaled
Actual engine
The headlights of the car famously were not synced and the left one always opened and closed a little before the right one. This is also featured in my build
Realistic weight
Semi-realistic speeds

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Most people end with an “enjoy :).” I think this is kinda corny, and am super offended when they do this, because they are demanding that I enjoy. What if I don’t? Why are you forcing me to enj-
So instead, I will end with a meme:

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 8.0ft (2.4m)
  • Length 14.3ft (4.4m)
  • Height 5.6ft (1.7m)
  • Empty Weight 3,319lbs (1,505kg)
  • Loaded Weight 3,319lbs (1,505kg)

Performance

  • Wing Loading -439,839.3lbs/ft2 (-2,147,483.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
  • Drag Points 1785

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1190
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    27.9k Hyattorama

    Well it certainly shows/paid off :) @Mattangi2

    2 months ago
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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @Hyattorama thanksi spent a lot of time on it!

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    27.9k Hyattorama

    Fantastic work. Love the driver’s display/car settings screen.

    2 months ago
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    32.8k AdlerSteiner

    neaty nice

    2 months ago
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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @Ariathe yeah, it's like, the car had EVERYTHING, and then Agassi just blew it...

    2 months ago
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    enjoy :)

    2 months ago
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    7,359 Ariathe

    Story is a little more than mildly infuriating...
    Car looks absolutely beautiful, and a real shame that the chances at full-time production were dashed by someone who wouldn't listen. This beaut looks stunning! Very well done!

    2 months ago
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    What a sad story...

    2 months ago
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    Very nice. I shall grant you a spotlight on my birthday.

    2 months ago
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    26.2k CRJ900Pilot

    Thanks! @Mattangi2

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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @CRJ900Pilot damn dude congrats on platnum!

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    26.2k CRJ900Pilot

    Cool!

    2 months ago
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    9,491 Vidal99977

    👍

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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @GeneralOliverVonBismarck lol im glad someone is happy

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    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAY

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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @AWESOMENESS360 ahh i see.

    2 months ago
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    @Mattangi2 I know, I'm saying that the F-117 Nighthawk design for the car was unfortunate to be removed.

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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @tylerdeveneuxmusic im sorry you can't download XD

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    @Mattangi2 oof it's a beaut!

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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @AWESOMENESS360 thanks, and they didnt technically strip a functional Nighthawk. They took the parts for one and made it into a car.

    2 months ago
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    @Mattangi2 this looks lovely, it's a shame it had to be completely stripped of the F-117 Nighthawk design, but this still looks absolutely badass.

    2 months ago
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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @RailfanEthan thanks for the spotlight

    2 months ago
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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @Strikefighter04 depressing, aint it

    2 months ago
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    @Mattangi2 nice!

    2 months ago
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    8,143 Mattangi2

    @RailfanEthan i wanna die but i also am laughing

    2 months ago
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