The Evolution Of The Exotic Car

The Evolution Of The Exotic Car

Supercars also thought of as exotics are cutting edge in automotive technology. We often think of them as ultimate luxury or speed machines. Still, with competing ideas in technology where only a team’s best ideas make the cut, only a few are produced or manufactured as a supercar. Manufacturers like Lamborghini and Ferrari produce high-end supercars now, so we’re proud to offer them as part of our exotic car rental fleet at Dream Exotics of Las Vegas.

Some of the most popular exotic car brands include:

  • Bentley
  • Bugatti
  • Ferrari
  • Lamborghini
  • Jaguar

The 1910 Model 60 Buick Bug

Back in the day, there was The Bug—the 1910 Model 60 Buick. After horses and buggies came Buick’s factory-built race car with a 622-cubic-inch motor, only four cylinders, and 57 horsepower. That thing weighed in at approximately 2600 lbs., and back then, when this country’s speed limit was all of 20 mph, that Bug could do over 100mph. It was a dominant force on race tracks.

Setting The Tone For Future Builds—Huge Engines, Light Frames

In a way, Buick’s Bug would forecast the makeup of future supercars for tens of years to come. Massive engines would become a thing without much thought to where drivers would sit. The power of engines compared to a car’s weight would be a consistent theme moving forward. Then, the notion of loading the maximum capacity possible onto a very light frame began.

Setting The Tone For Future Builds—Lightweight Materials

Buick’s Model 60 began a trend of using aluminum in their build. They weren’t thinking about aerodynamics; that would come later. Nowadays, composite materials, including titanium, are used in most bodies of supercars. However, aluminum is still the dominant lightweight material used today for supercars.

Supercars Enter The Market

After WWI, niche manufacturers in Europe and America started making luxury cars for city streets with expensive, top-of-the-line luxury cars that promised high power and performance. Next, the British car company Ensign began using the term “supercar” to refer to one of its models. Then, Bentley stepped into that market, but those cars were still somewhat big. By 1929, Italian racer Ettore Bugatti had taken note.

Luxury Vs. Quick Agility

By the 1930s, supercars had settled into two camps led by Bentley and Bugatti. Bentley leaned toward big, luxury machines while Bugatti went for sleeker, great-handling, high-powered cars. And the latter style is what we now associate with supercars and exotic cars. So Bugatti set standards for things to come with Lamborghini and Ferrari, both models we offer as part of our Las Vegas Dream Exotics rental fleet.

Mid-Engine Ferraris Change The Game

In the Mid 40s to 50, race cars were back on city streets with regular drivers in the form of roadsters made by Ferrari, Healy, and Jaguar, with lots of great front-engine cars produced by Ferrari in the 1950s. Performance automobiles could be one of three types: affordable sports cars, supercars, or luxury touring. Then in 1960, Ferrari came up with a mid-engine supercar in that category, spurring the competition even more.

Enter Lamborghini’s Mid-Engine

Lamborghini built a competing mid-engine, Miura, which was well-known, and However, Lambo’s evolution continued. Supercars eventually got faster, employing superior engines and materials and becoming even more refined through the 1990s with Volkswagen’s acquisition of Lamborghini. As a result, modern Lamborghinis began to be built as mostly regular street cars that had the potential to morph into supercars when needed and are now available today for you to enjoy.

Experience A Supercar Today

Dream Exotics in Las Vegas is the place to find the car of your dreams for your next visit to Sin City. Choose an exotic car rental like the Lambo and the Ferrari, which are in a class of their own. They have their storied history in the supercar genre. So get in touch with us to book your car rental for a luxury experience.