It goes without saying that car companies usually keep their trade secrets and engineering to themselves, for the most part, and that makes sense! But, from time to time, car manufacturers swallow their pride and collaborate on a new automotive project. Usually, but not always, the cars that come out of this are incredible!
Here are 7 of the worlds greatest automotive collaborations ever:
- Mercedes Benz / McLaren SLR: The McLaren SLR will go down in history as one of the first supercars that was actually comfortable to drive for more than an hour at a time, and was by far the most practical.
- Lotus Carlton: The Carlton was a little runabout from Vauxhall, and that was pretty much it. But, in order to make the car more exciting and appeal to a far larger market, Vauxhall approached Lotus to make a more sportier version – which they did!
- Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato: Zagato is one of the last automotive coachbuilders around, and their version of the Vanquish is delectable. As a footnote, back in the day one could purchase a car without a body – quite literally just a chassis, engine and wheels – and then you could take it to a coachbuilder and have them build you the rest of the pretty bits to suit your taste).
- BMW M1: BMW wanted to enter a race class with a car that was specifically designed for race performance, so they had a mid-engined car with a low centre of gravity in mind. The only problem is that one of the rules for the race class was that the car must have been produced over 400 times, and BMW didn't meet those requirements. So they partnered with Lamborghini to develop the M1.
- Audi RS2: Audi's RS2 had failed to attract the interest of car enthusiasts. So, Audi turned to Porsche who, at the time was close to bankruptcy, to help Audi spice up the RS2.
- Lexus LFA: Toyota took things to another level with this collaboration, although this time not with BMW, but rather Yamaha, who developed the LFA engine entirely.
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: A few years ago, Alfa Romeo shocked the performance car world with the unveiling of the Giulia Quadrifoglio that had its engine developed by no other than Ferrari.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, TopCars TV, on the Top 7 Greatest Automotive Collaborations.
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