Jerry Wiegert and the saga of the star-crossed Vector supercar


Weeks before I meet Jerry Wiegert, creator of the spectacular but star-crossed Vector W8 Twin-Turbo, we communicate via emails, snail mail, texts, phone messages, and prolonged phone conversations. So even before we get together, Wiegert has informed me that he invented the modern supercar (along with the personal watercraft, minivan, and four-wheel ATV), was put out of business by Indonesian gangsters who’d bribed members of his board of directors, packaged the deal that wrested Lamborghini away from Chrysler, and inspired the twin-turbo motor in the Ferrari F40 and the roadster version of the Lamborghini Diablo.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/03/14/jerry-wiegert-and-the-vector-supercar

Great write-up. I followed the public arc of Vector through many of the contemporaneous articles mentioned. Nice to hear that the car had more substance than the Dale or the Elio. Guy could have been a Carrol Shelby size success story. Wish Mr. Weigert success with the current project, and hope he’s still married to the C & D cover model.k


I still have the Road&Tracks about the Vectors. They are beautiful cars and very very advanced for their time. I felt bad when I would read on the magazines that the Vector company was not doing well. It was a beautiful American made supercar for that time. Let’s see since then…maybe the C8…


I was out the show in 1993 NY at Javits Center. The car was unbelievable to see in person. It made Ferrari and even the Countach and Viper look tame. It was and still is unlike anything I have ever seen. Even the stuff today doesn’t look as good as stuff twenty plus years ago and I really don’t think the original Vector will ever be outmatched in term of design, exterior, interior, theme, and quality. It is just not a way of thinking anymore. There was also a black one for sale in NJ about 15 years ago. I had a friend at that dealership. They had trouble getting it to run correctly but once they did the manager said the acceleration was beyond belief in the way the boost came on. He said he never felt thrust like that, ever. Try that with a very much overengineered moder super car. And also keep in mind that the Vector on 110 could push out 1200 to 1300 horsepower at the crank and like Weigart said with some tuning could do 150 in the quarter. I find the whole accomplishment simply awe inspiring and an incredibly heroic effort and a truly brilliant masterpiece of machinery.