Why it ruled: Anyone who played arcade games in the ‘90s remembers the Lister Storm. With a 7-liter V12 derived from one of Jaguar's Le Mans prototypes and a top speed over 200 mph, it was the fastest four-seater from the mid-90s through the mid-2000s. Lister raced it for a few years, even with Top Gear's Sultan of Slide Tiff Needel behind the wheel. They were bonkers expensive, and the company only built four road cars. Other than a few failed LMP cars, we haven't heard anything since.
Why it ruled: Cizeta was kind of like the mid-90s version of Pagani and it only had two things you need to know about: a transverse-mounted V16 and double pop-up headlights. It doesn't get more excessive than that.
Why it ruled: If you're getting the idea that the ‘90s was full of supercar startups, you're right. In '92 France's Aixam-Mega even thought it could make money building the Mega Track, a four-wheel drive supercar with a 394-horsepower Mercedes V12 and 8-13 inches of ride height. The most badass crossover of all time didn't exactly pan out and now Aixam is back buildingplastic microcars. Lame.
Why it ruled: Way before the NSX was pronounced Japan's first supercar, there was the Dome Zero. Dome got started building race cars (Dome is the company that helped Toyota get started at Le Mans back in the ‘80s), and they tried their hand at making a supercar in '78 and ‘79. The Dome Zero (and then P2) looked cooler than a Countach, but only had a 150-horsepower Datsun straight-six. The company couldn't get the car approved for road use, but licensing Dome Zero toys gave them money to go racing. Why it ruled: Lotec was pretty much the king at building supercar vaporware in the ‘90s. They came from Germany, were made out of carbon fiber, and had twin-turbo Mercedes engines. Production numbers couldn't have exceeded the single digits, but they claimed 800 to 1,000 horsepower and top speeds of 268 miles an hour. Not that any of this has been verified, but damn did the Sirius and the Lotec C1000 look