12. Venturi 400 GT
It is no surprise if you don’t know about Venturi. They were a small French car company that was active in the 1990s. Using components from other car companies and producing their own bodies and chassis, Venturi presented several beautiful, fast cars. Venturi left its mark in the history of obscure supercars with its magnificent 400 GT model from the mid-1990s. Visually similar to the Ferrari F40, the Venturi 400 GT also had a twin-turbocharged engine.
But in Venturi’s case, it was a 3.0-liter Peugeot V6 they pumped up to produce 400 HP in street trim. In racing trim, it was capable of over 600 HP. With all that firepower, the 400 GT could accelerate to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and go over 180 mph. And that was faster than the Porsches and Ferraris of the day.
The Venturi participated in many races including the Le Mans. It even had its own racing series where wealthy amateurs could compete with their Venturi in match races. Unfortunately, financial reality caught up with Venturi’s big ambitions. They closed the company down, first in 1997, and then again in 2000. Venturi managed to produce less than 100 models of the fantastic 400 GT, which has been lost in the corridors of time.