This is one of the rarest and the most exclusive speed oriented car made in the world. This two door 3-seater coupe
is currently the fastest naturally aspirated car in the world. It was designed by Gordon Murray and manufactured by Mclaren Automotive, a top name in the sports car segment. Back in 1998, Mclaren F1 created a world record for top speed of 386.39 kmph. It still remains one of the fastest cars in the world.
The car is well known for its unique butterfly doors. Butterfly doors have been a favourite of exclusively made high performance cars. Just like the butterflies, from where it gets its name, the car doors open outwards which allow easy entry and exit for its passengers. The doors are hinged on to a top end corner so that they can move up and out.
Only 106 units of Mclaren F1 were ever made for its exclusive owners.
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Mercedes-Benz and its high performance brand AMG together designed a marvelous sports car that later went into limited production for speed enthusiasts. The CLK GTR is a Grand Tourer that is well known as a race car. It participated in several events including the 24 hour Le Mans. The car was manufactured 1996 with a powerful V12 engine that generated 600 bhp of power output. The most amazing part of the car production was that it took just 128 days to go from boardroom to showroom.
The current Mercedes-Benz CLK class carries the same design and overture but is beautified with additional features like the aerodynamic design cues and strange yet beautiful butterfly doors. It is believed that only 25 units of the car were ever produced and the production was later stopped in 1999.
This unique sports car was in made in 1954. Mercedes Benz-designed the two-seater sports car adorned with distinctive gullwing doors. The doors were hinged to the roof and opened upwards like a seagull spreading its wings. Initially it was created as a closed door sports car but was later transformed into a roadster. The gull wing variants were available from 1955 to 1957. It was a highly successful model in the USA and was well known as the 300 SL.Mercedes-Benz
300SL was intently designed for the post war North American market which had a booming demand of such cars and was the biggest automobile market in the world. It was designed by the chief engineer of Daimler-Benz, Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The high strength metal body gained its gull wings as the chassis passed through lower half of the standard door. The upward opening doors created a sensation in the auto world in the 50’s and 60’s. However, it was later criticized for its uncomfortable entry/exit and because of this the car was later equipped with the tilted steering wheel that improved comfort for drivers.
DeLorean DMC 12
Delorean DMC 12 sports car
is now best remembered for its debut in the movie ‘Back to the Future’. It had gull wing doors with fiberglass underbody. Many people have watched the movie several times just to get a glimpse of the car. The Delorean DMC 12 rolled out in January 1981 and was the only model produced by the company. After production of about 9,000 units, the company stopped its production in the year 1982.
Lamborghini cars are known for the scissor type of doors. These are also known as switch blade doors or jack knife doors. These doors rotate vertically at a fixed hinge fitted at the end of the windshield. Designed by a super car designer Marcello Gandini, scissor doors were first founded on Alfa Romeo Carabo concept car. the doors have also beautified the exterior of Lambo cars like Lamborghini Countach, Lamborghini Reventon, and Lamborghini Diabolo. Later, the Murcielago was introduced as a successor to Diabolo.
The Murcielago is a two door, two -seater coupe and is rejoicing its success in the luxury car market from the past 40 years.
The Dutch boutique sports car manufacturer Spyker produced 10 models of the C8, all with the scissor doors. The Spyker C8 has won many races including the 24 hour Le Mans and has participated in FIA GT races. The base model C8 Spyder delivers 400 hp power and can achieve a top speed of 300km/h. The Spyker cars have long wheelbase, huge fuel tanks, and a full metal cage.
Rolls Royce Phantom
This Royal British Saloon car was launched in 2003 and was later introduced as coupe and drophead coupe. The Phantom is designed with a unique chassis, attractive body, and luxurious interior but still maintains its timeless traditional beauty.
The typical suicide doors highlight the beauty of the Phantom. Doors are fixed to the rear edge of the vehicle and were known as suicide doors as the passengers are likely to fall if the doors are suddenly opened while the vehicle is in motion.
Phantom comes with a 6.75-litre 48 valve V12 engine that churns out a massive 453 bhp power. An aluminum space frame forms the base for the elegantly crafted body. It can achieve a top speed of 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds.
Maserati Birdcage 75th
The Maserati Birdcage 75th is a concept car created by designer Jason Castriota at Pininfarina for Maserati, a race car manfacturer. It was created on the 75th anniversary of the Pininfarina. It was unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show.
The car featured the rarely used canopy doors. Such doors can often be seen on concept cars. It is a type of door that sits on top as a roof of the car, and gently lifts up to provide access to passengers. Drivers even get a chance to keep the doors open while driving.
The BMW Z1 is a unique two seater roadster with sliding doors. The ZI was a very unique sports car but sadly the car did not rejoice any kind of success in the market. The body was made from five different types of plastic and the body was structured in a way that it could be completely removed from the chassis. BMW offered different colours of body panels which could be changed in just 40 minutes. The side doors were made of Xenoy Thermoplastic developed by General Electric. These unusual doors retract vertically down into the car’s body, instead of swinging out and ease the process of replacing and removing car body panels.
This high performance car manufacturer from Sweden has some of the most unique products in the world. Koenigsegg CCX is among the few super cars with the best of European safety features. The CCX was unveiled in 2006 at the Geneva Motors Show. The CCX can go from 0- 100 in 3.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 417 km/h. It features the signature “dihedral synchro-helix” doors that rotate forward and move upwards similar to scissor doors.