If there was ever one extremely rare supercar, here it is: the 1998 Ascari Ecosse. Ecosse, of course, is ‘Scotland’ in French, and Ascari, is … welll, Ascari! The very first multiple Formula One world champion back in the days when racing actually meant risking your life at every race, and when you knew that the odds were good that you wouldn’t finish the season in one piece! Anyways, the Ascari Ecosse was dreamed up by Dutch racing enthusiast Klaas Zwart, who originally designed is using a trusted Chevrolet V8 engine to power his car. Sleek, low-slong, agile and supremely fast, the Ascari Ecosse had everything it needed to be a world-challenging supercar, except perhaps the distribution network!
Orignally powered by a throaty and reliable Chevrolet V8, however for production it was decided to go with a BMW V8, which ranged in displacement from 4.4 liters to 4.7 liters (400 horsepower), while the latest 3 were fitted with a 5.0-liter Hartge-tuned V8, with about 420 horsepower. Performance was there, too. With a top speed of over 200 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, the Ecosse was a machine to be reckoned with.
It didn’t prove to be as popular as you would have thought; designed by Lee Noble, perhaps it was priced out of the market. Only 17 of the Ascari Ecosse were produced, and only 9 remain, the others having met unfortunate ends. Nevertheless, and no matter how rare, the Ecosse has and deserves its place of honor in supercar history!