Sports cars are a class of cars designed specifically for high dynamic, speed, power and performance. It is, in fact, a very old branch of car industry, dating back to before the WW1. The first sports car models were what’s called a ‘roadster’ and were largely meant for trek, and not for traveling across big streets or in the countryside. Nowadays, sports cars production is still very popular, its prime never faded.
Founder: Ferruccio Lamborghini
Headquarters: Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy
Owner: Volkswagen Group
Lamborghini is not exactly a purely sports car producer, they have created many cars that aren’t really fit for trek over the years. Still, this list can’t be complete without some Italian brands. Lamborghini itself was launched in 1963, and the brand’s products are counted amongst the fastest and most prestigious cars in the world.
Founded: 13 September 1939
Founder: Enzo Ferrari
Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands (de jure)
Owner: Exor N.V. (22.91%); Piero Ferrari (10.00%); Public (67.09%)
Likewise, Ferrari hasn’t had a clean streak – they have created several non-sports cars. However, they are still a very big name in the sports car industry, and they have been one for about 80 years now. Plus, only a small portion of their overall assortment was not fit for racing trek. All others were.
Founder: Alejandro de Tomaso
Headquarters: Modena, Italy
De Tomaso is one of the lesser known Italian brands. Unlike their counterparts from above, they were designed as an exclusively supercar producers. Their fate collided with many big names in European car industry over the years, because of which they were someone’s subsidiary for a good portion of their life (which began in 1959).
Founder: Ettore Bugatti
Headquarters: Molsheim, Alsace, France
Owner: Volkswagen Group
The modern Bugatti is a reincarnation of an old brand deceased in 1963. The contemporary brand is creating sports cars under Volkswagen. Their dearest product as of late was a Bugatti Veyron, of which they created many versions in 2005-2015. Still, they are just a shade of their former prime now.
Founded: 22 June 1955
Founder: Jean Rédélé
Headquarters: Dieppe, France
Parent: Renault S.A.
Owner: Groupe Renault
Bugatti’s compatriots, Alpine, on another hand, have never died since their birth in 1955. Moreover, they are a pure sports car producer, although they frequently partnered with Renault, which later culminated in them buying the Alpine enterprise. Nowadays, they are a second-most-popular sports car producer after Bugatti.
Founder: Mate Rimac
Headquarters: Sveta Nedelja, Zagreb County, Croatia
Rimac is a new name in the car world. They are a Croatian company that started working in 2009. Their biggest feature is that they create fully-electric cars with the absolutely monstrous engines that go up to 370 km/h.
Founder: Jerod Shelby
Headquarters: Richland, Washington, United States
Owner: Jerod Shelby
SSC is the biggest sports-only producer in the United States. They have created two fully-fledged models since 2004. One is called Ultimate Aero, and it has already made itself quite a name. The other is Tuatara, with the top speed of 460 km/h.
Founder: Domingo Ochoa
Headquarters: Valencia, Spain
Parent: GTA Motor Competición
Spania is one of the few big names from Spain. They are also virtually the only serious sports car producer from this country. They have been active since 2010 and brought just one car to the world, but it has already made quite a reputation in Europe and abroad.