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Vector W8

28.0k Mattangi2  2.2 years 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.

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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Spotlights

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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    "a fighter plane on wheels"
    happy Lamborghini Egoista noises

    9 months ago
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    F

    10 months ago
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    F in the chat for the vector

    10 months ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

    @Gundamboy lol yeah rly sucks

    10 months ago
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    Ight F you Agassi you ruined a Beautiful thing

    10 months ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

    @jamesPLANESii ye, i cried when i saw he made a review on it, its my favorite car

    +1 1.5 years ago
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    166k AN2Felllla

    I didn’t know this was a real car lol

    1.5 years ago
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    30.0k Hyattorama

    Well it certainly shows/paid off :) @Mattangi2

    2.2 years ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

    @Hyattorama thanksi spent a lot of time on it!

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    30.0k Hyattorama

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

    2.2 years ago
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    34.6k AdlerSteiner

    neaty nice

    2.2 years ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

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

    2.2 years ago
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    enjoy :)

    2.2 years ago
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    7,819 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!

    2.2 years ago
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    What a sad story...

    2.2 years ago
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    Very nice. I shall grant you a spotlight on my birthday.

    2.2 years ago
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    32.0k CRJ900Pilot

    Thanks! @Mattangi2

    2.2 years ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

    @CRJ900Pilot damn dude congrats on platnum!

    2.2 years ago
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    32.0k CRJ900Pilot

    Cool!

    2.2 years ago
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    14.7k V1per6

    👍

    2.2 years ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

    @GeneralOliverVonBismarck lol im glad someone is happy

    2.2 years ago
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    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAY

    2.2 years ago
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    28.0k Mattangi2

    @AWESOMENESS360 ahh i see.

    2.2 years 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.

    2.2 years ago
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