Stylish, sexy, sleek, sleek, vibrant and speed are the words used to describe a sports car. A sports car is a two-door car designed for high speed, great power and stunning good looks. The manufacture of modern sports cars only began after 1945, when the economy began to boom, technology developed dramatically and better roads were being built. They come in various forms such as convertible, roadster, coupe, grand tourer and sedan. Sports car lovers are loyal to timeless classic cars, or become trendsetters looking for the latest types of exotic cars.
From powerful snoring beauties like the Mercedes Benz SLK 350 to jarring thrillers like the Ford Mustang V-8, you can choose a sports car that fits your personality. In fact, the sports car is as important for personality as performance – a smooth aerodynamic body made of carbon fiber, chrome pipes and fittings, rich leather upholstery, wide wheels, glossy wood panels and a snazzy paint job.
Different brands of sports cars adopt different design principles. Some cars may be light to achieve greater acceleration, others may boast very powerful engines for better handling and car performance, while others may emphasize safety and comfort over style. The majority of contemporary sports cars have front-wheel drive as opposed to rear-wheel drive, which was more common in the early generations of sports cars. Many cars also have the engine in the middle, driving the rear wheels, which is unique to sports cars. In these cars, the engine is placed behind the driver, in the center of the chassis. Porsche is the only sports car whose engine is rear mounted, driving the rear wheels. This aspect is an important part of the design of the car, as it affects the maneuverability or handling of the car, which is especially important at high speeds.
The most famous brands today are Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Triumph. Companies that manufacture other cars also make several sports models; notable among them are Ford, Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Nissan. Today, the design and manufacture of sports cars is becoming more specialized and competitive, with newer, more attractive designs and higher levels of technical sophistication being used.