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5 Supercars That Share Parts With ‘Normal’ Cars

16th June 2021

You’d think that all supercars and hypercars are hand made by angels using a blend of titanium, carbon fibre and gold. Unfortunately, even the most exotic manufacturers in the business have budgets and need to meet regulations, so sometimes parts get borrowed from unsuspecting places.

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McLaren F1 - VW Corrado mirrors

The McLaren F1 is one of the most valuable cars in the world at the moment. The F1 already borrows one part from another manufacturer, and that’s the mighty BMW S70 V12. That’s not the part we’re talking about though, that would be the wing mirrors borrowed from a Volkswagen Corrado. It still remains to be the fastest naturally aspirated car in the world, so we’ll let it off for that.



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Jaguar XJ220 - Many different parts

The XJ220 is notorious for being a bit of a parts bin car. At one point it was the fastest production car in the world, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the rear lights are from a Rover 200 and the wing mirrors are from a Citroen CX. The engine was also from a Metro, but we’ll let Jag off as it was a twin turbo version of the V6 you’d find in the back of the 6R4 Group B car. 

Koenigsegg - RX7 reflectors

Koenigsegg are known not only for building bonkers hypercars with power figures and top speeds you can’t fit on a calculator, but also for creating and innovating everything in-house. Even Koenigsegg aren’t free from needing parts from external sources, the original V8 they used was a Ford-based unit, but surprisingly it also borrowed the rear reflectors from an FD RX7 on multiple models.

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Pagani Zonda - Rover climate controls

Pagani is one of the most exotic car makers out there. Both the Zonda and the Huayra (and every version of each) are exquisitely made with painstakingly stunning details. Like a few on this list, the original Zonda borrowed an engine from elsewhere, taking a stonking great V12 from AMG. One of the other parts borrowed was the climate controls from a Rover 45. A great little fact nugget if you own a 45, not as much bragging rights for Zonda owners though.

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Lamborghini Diablo - 300ZX headlights

This is one of the parts sharing facts you hear most often. When the Diablo was given a facelift in 1998 the switch was made from pop-ups to more conventional fixed headlamps. The light units actually used are the same units you’d find in a Nissan 300ZX.

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