This is Cars You Didn't Know About, where I'll be discussing those rare and unusual cars that never quite made it into the limelight. Tonight's entry is perhaps cheating a bit as it never entered production, but it came sooooo close that I think it deserves a mention.
Meet the Jiotto Caspita. Built by Dome, who brought us the fantastically sci-fi Zero, it was billed as an F1 car for the road. We've heard that before, haven't we? The first car was made in 1988, boasting a detuned F1 flat-12 mounted to a 6-speed Weismann gearbox. In 1990 it was stripped out and rebuilt, and was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show sporting a Judd V-10 unit. This V-10 had 577 horsepower and 283 ft-lbs of torque. Weighing only 1240kg, the Caspita could go from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 199mph.
Unfortunately the car was killed before it could enter production. In 1993 the auto industry was hit by a global recession. Demand for supercars plummeted and the project was cancelled, going down in the history books as yet another failed concept car.
To elaborate on the first paragraph, I'm trying to limit this feature to production vehicles. It'd be too easy to show you guys obscure concept cars, because there are literally hundreds of forgotten ones out there. The Caspita, however, came so close to production that I decided to feature it anyway.