Five supercars that share parts with ‘normal’ cars

16th June 2021

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You’d think that all supercars and hypercars, like those in the PaddlUp showroom, are sculpted by artisans using a blend of titanium, carbon fibre and gold. Unfortunately, even the most exotic marques in the business have budgets and need to meet regulations, so sometimes parts get borrowed from unsuspecting places.

 

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 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. 

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Koenigsegg - RX7 reflectors

 

Koenigsegg is 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 immune from needing parts from external sources though, the original V8 they used was a Ford-based unit, but surprisingly it also borrowed the rear reflectors from an FD RX-7 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 iteration 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 fun fact 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 Lamborghini 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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