The Vector M12 sports car was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive under its parent company Megatech. Megatech took possession of Vector Aeromotive from its founder, Jerry Wiegert, in a hostile takeover for reasons unknown to me at this time. The M12 model was the first car produced after the legal battle for possession of the company concluded and the production run went from 1995 to 1999. During mid year 1999 production was abruptly halted due to slow sales of the cars and poor management of the company.
While the history of this car is very brief, one major point of interest was that the car was based upon the Lamborghini Diablo. The decision was made to utilize most of the Diablo’s mechanical components as well as its V12 engine (Oh no, dire che non è così! – Italian for Oh no, say it isn’t so!). Another thing to keep in mind is that Megatech actually owned Lamborghini when the Vector M12 came to be so it made sense to take such steps to produce the car in higher volumes for a lower cost (although the Italians might not have liked that notion). The engine for the M12 was centrally mounted in front of the gearbox rather than behind it as in the Lamborghini. The styling of this car somewhat resembled the Vector AWX-3 which never was produced from Vector due to the Megatech takeover and also due to the patented design being owned by former founder Jerry Weigert.
Megatech later hired a new designer to to create an updated recreation of the AWX-3. The drivetrain was a 348 cubic Inch (5.7 liter) Lamborghini V12 motor that produced 492 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 425 foot pounds of torque at 4,900 rpm. This differed from the twin-turbocharged Rodeck V8 engine in the W8 and the AWX-3, as they were considered to be too costly for series production of the new model. The W8 and AWX-3’s engines were transversely mounted, unlike the M12’s V12 which had a mid-mounted position. The engineering changes placed the cockpit slightly forward than in the AWX-3, with a shorter nose and longer tail. The M12 was able to accelerate from 0–60 mph in 4.8 seconds and had a top speed of 189 miles per hour.
Megatech initially intended the M12 to be a more finalized and road-friendly version of the AWX-3, which could only get 13 miles per gallon. There were only 17 of these cars produced in total. Of that total, there were three or four pre-production models and 14 production models. One of the M12 pre-production cars was later converted to motor sport specification by the factory, but did not perform successfully due to several mechanical problems. This car would again be converted, this time into the SRV8 that was intended to be the successor to the M12.
The M12 production run ultimately came to an end in 1999 when Vector could not pay Lamborghini for the engines they were using (yes, even though both Vector and Lamborghini were owned by Megatech, both companies operated individually). I guess that Peter was unable to pay Paul.
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