It's the automotive analogue of an angry pit bull straining at its leash.The brakes are released and the Vector catapults away with a touch of wheelspin, a wisp of smoke from the fat Michelins and a slight side step.After a few loping familiarization runs down the strip, Kim wheeled the Vector around to the staging line and reset the test computer. The throb of 6.0 liters of all-aluminum V-8 intensifies and the whistling teakettle sounds of the Garrett turbos sing harmony with the whine of the Gilmer-type accessory belt drives.The rear brakes are fighting a losing battle with the V-8's torque and the car inches forward, sliding locked front ties over the pavement.
It's a big motor that isn't working that hard."Six liters of all aluminum 90-degree pushrod V-8, the block made by Rodeck, the 2-valve cylinder heads by Air Flow Research.Bucking incredible odds and ignoring the wailing ghosts of failed Tucker, De Lorean and Bricklin ventures. in Wilmington, California is, at long last, staged for producing one car per week.Naysayers need only visit the final assembly area, where the two cars we photographed were being prepped for shipment to their new owners in Switzerland (the first production Vector W8 Twin-Turbo was sold to a Saudi Arabian prince, an addition to his 25-car collection, which also contains a Porsche 959 and a Bentley Turbo R).A weak economy and damaging criticism from the automotive press dashed efforts to secure financial backing, he says, and his dream of producing a ground-bound fighter plane for the street seemed destined to remain just a dream.Wiegert deserves some sort of medal for perseverance, some award for sheer tenacity.