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About Vector

Vector Motors Corporation is an automobile manufacturer originally based in Wilmington, California. Its history can be traced to Vehicle Design Force which was founded in 1971 by Gerald Wiegert. Vehicle production began in 1989 and ceased in the 1990s. The company was recently revived (as Vector Motors Corporation), and is currently developing a new supercar. Vector is credited as America's first attempt to compete with European performance car manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus.

Origin

In 1971, Gerald Wiegert, fresh from college, founded a design house called Vehicle Design Force, and teamed up with Lee Brown to create a new car called The Vector. The Vector was said to have various powerplants including a DOHC Porsche engine and it would only cost US$10,000. None of these plans came to fruition though, and while Wiegert planned production, it never happened. All that came of The Vector was an empty shell that was displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Lee Brown left the design team shortly thereafter, and after The Vector was featured on the cover of Motor Trend magazine in 1972. Wiegert renamed Vehicle Design Force to Vector Aeromotive after work began on a new project, the Vector W2.

The Vector W2

In 1978, Wiegert created another car, called the W2. Like the first car, it was immobile at the time of its show debut, but in 1979, he got the car running. During its lifespan, it got over 100,000 miles (160,000 km) on its odometer, the most of any concept yet.

The W2 was well loved by many magazines, and it was extensively tested by Motor Trend magazine and the British automotive television program Top Gear. However, Top Gear was ordered to not perform a top speed test on it, even though Vector claimed it was capable of 230 mph.

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2-door
2-seat
V8 16v 6.0L OHV M-5
              
   

Vector W2 (1990)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5980 cm3 / 364.9 cu in / 364.9 cu in, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
V8 16v 6.0L OHV A-3
480.0 kW / 643.7 hp / 643.7 hp  854.3 N·m / 630.1 lb·ft / 630.1 lb·ft
   

Vector Wiegert Vector W8 Twin Turbo (1991)

2-seater convertible (cabriolet), 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 5973 cm3 / 364.5 cu in / 364.5 cu in, 480.0 kW / 643.7 hp / 643.7 hp, 854.3 N·m / 630.1 lb·ft / 630.1 lb·ft, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 352 km/h / 219 mph / 219 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
V12 48v 5.7L DOHC M-5
365.4 kW / 490.0 hp / 490.0 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M12 (1996)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 365.4 kW / 490.0 hp / 490.0 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 306 km/h / 190 mph / 190 mph top speed

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (1996)

2-seater convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (1997)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (1998)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
362.0 kW / 485.4 hp / 485.4 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (1999)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 362.0 kW / 485.4 hp / 485.4 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S4 16v 1.8L DOHC M-5
135.0 kW / 181.0 hp / 181.0 hp  174.9 N·m / 129.0 lb·ft / 129.0 lb·ft
   

Vector RD 180 (2000)

2-seater, 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1797 cm3 / 109.7 cu in / 109.7 cu in, 135.0 kW / 181.0 hp / 181.0 hp, 174.9 N·m / 129.0 lb·ft / 129.0 lb·ft, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (2000)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (2001)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (2002)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (2003)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5706 cm3 / 348.2 cu in / 348.2 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
362.0 kW / 485.4 hp / 485.4 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (2004)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 362.0 kW / 485.4 hp / 485.4 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S12 48v 5.7L         
361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp  576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft
   

Vector M 12 (2005)

2-seater, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve straight (inline) engine, 5707 cm3 / 348.3 cu in / 348.3 cu in, 361.0 kW / 484.1 hp / 484.1 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 576.0 N·m / 424.8 lb·ft / 424.8 lb·ft @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, rear wheel drive

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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