As we said in the intro, the association between Buick and McLaren does not happen that often. The exposed engine was upgraded to develop horsepower kilowatts at 7, rpm and pound-feet newton-meters of torque at 5, rpm. The engine was mounted in the middle, just behind the seats, and sent output to both axles with help from a four-speed automatic transmission which had a manual shifting option. The curvaceous body was made from composite carbon fiber which enabled the concept to have an impressive low weight of 2, pounds 1, kilograms. Performances were not as great as you would expect given the hardware, with the mph kph sprint taking 8.
Cars of the s often stand out as some of the most exaggerated and unapologetic when it comes to their styling. Most of you probably know about cars like the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach , which was actually conceived in the s. Although these are some of the poster cars from that era, there were many other interesting designs that never made it to production. In , Buick decided to show us what their interpretation of a mid-engine supercar would look like. This endeavor spawned the Buick Wildcat Concept, which was undeservingly forgotten, like many others. Buick was mostly known for making land yachts, but the Wildcat a more performance-oriented car. To be more specific, we are talking McLaren Racing from Livonia, Michigan, and not the British supercar manufacturer — a common misconception made by many.
The second Wildcat Concept the Wildcat II waws a rakish sports convertible with a fiberglass body and powered by a horsepower V-8 engine. Buick described it as 'a revolutionary front-end design with flying-wing fenders that flare straight out from the body, exposing the entire front wheel and part of the front-end suspension. Its proportions and platform was similar to the production Corvette with a inch wheelbase and measuring just This styling cue was similar to the later Ferrari Testa Rossas of the late s and early s.
The Buick Wildcat was a full-sized automobile that was produced by Buick from to It took its name from a fiberglass -bodied concept car. In the Wildcat was a Buick Invicta subseries, mating the Invicta's longer full-size two-door hardtop Buick body known as the "sport coupe", body production code with a high-performance hp kW version of the cu in 6.