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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: What it Took for One Man to Attain His Dream Cars


PostHeaderIcon Only in Russia: Drunk Man Crashes Stolen Tank into Store; Proceeds to Steal a Bottle of Wine

Stealing cars is a pretty common occurrence all over the world. But stealing a tank? That rarely happens, that is unless you live in Russia where bizarre crimes happen more often than you think. That was the case in Russia where a man stole an armored personnel carrier and rammed it into a grocery store, all because he wanted to steal a bottle of wine.

The crazy caper was caught on video by witnesses to the crime, a lot of whom, according to Reuters, described the criminal as being inebriated when he crates the combat vehicle into the unsuspecting store. Apparently, the man got his hands on the APC while it was parked in a “motorsport training ground.” From there, he drove the military vehicle through a forest and into the town before setting his sights on the convenience store. Along the way, he crushed and damaged a few cars, including a Daewoo that was completely flattened.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported from the man’s reckless behavior. The building itself received relatively little damage considering that a tank drove into it. Videos taken during the act also show onlookers not looking particularly concerned that a military vehicle was laying waste to its town. Some people walked nonchalantly by, sometimes getting within arm’s reach of the vehicle without even acting surprised about what they’re seeing. The man ended up getting arrested while he was still holding on to his stolen wine, putting a cork to this bizarre episode.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Watch Hennessey Turn a Stock 2018 Chevy Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist!

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Exorcist came into our lives in April 2017. It packed ungodly amounts of power under its hood, allowing it to hit speeds that the devil himself would be proud of. The sinful beast comes to us by way of Hennessey. To give us an idea of how it came to life, the American tuner has released a time-lapse video chronicling the creation of the Exorcist from its not-so-humble Camaro ZL1 roots.

To be clear, the Camaro ZL1 is potent in it of itself. It comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that pumps out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a tick over three seconds before hitting a top speed of 186 mph. Impressive, right?

Apparently, Hennessey shrugged its shoulders at the Camaro ZL1’s capabilities. Knowing it had something better to offer, the tuner decided to swap in a bigger supercharger compared to the stock unit. On top of that, Hennessey also installed a new camshaft, added long-tube headers, freed up the flow of air through the engine, and recalibrate the engine with some fancy computer work. The result is a car that saw its output increase to a demented 1,000 horsepower.

Turning a Camaro ZL1 into the Exorcist obviously takes time. That doesn’t appear to be the case in the time-lapse video, but judging by how many people came in and out of the shot and how many times the car was lifted, brought back to the ground, lifted again, and brought back down again, it’s safe to assume that the engineers over at Hennessey had their work cut out for them.

It all ends well, though, because the Camaro ZL1 Exorcist is madness personified.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Porsche 911 Magazine Shows Some Incredible Stories Behind Porsche’s History

The Porsche 911 video magazine really is something else. It’s essentially an episodic web series that talks about Porsche. Each episode runs nine minutes and 11 seconds long because, well, that shows up as 9:11 on the time bar. Beyond the cute allusion to the 911 name, the episodes are rich in stories about the German automaker and everything about it.

Volume 5, or episode 5, of the 911 Magazine is no exception. The episode carries the theme, “Dreams,” and is divided into five different sub-episodes, beginning with Patrick Dempsey taking a trip to the island of Sylt in northern Germany with a 911 Carrera. The episode mostly features Dempsey taking in the scenery of the island and enjoying the picturesque sights with one of the finest Porsche 911 models ever built. From there, the episode dives into the racing success of the Porsche 956, the creation of the most improbable Porsche in history, a Porsche drifting in the snow, and an inside look at the TraumWerk, Hans-Peter Porsche’s incredible toy museum.

The third and fifth sub-episodes are the best ones of Volume 5. The former talks about the story of two twins — Knut and Falk Reimann — who lived in the communist-run GDR and, against all odds, managed to build their own homemade Porsche with some assistance from no less than Ferry Porsche himself. The latter is a treat to watch itself as it features Hans-Peter Porsche showcasing one of the most expansive and incredible toy collections in the world. Take the time to watch this episode of the 911 Magazine. You’re not going to regret it.


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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Jeremy Clarkson Tries His Hand at Gymkhana: Video

Jeremy Clarkson is good at many things. He’s good at talking about cars. He’s good at driving some of them. And he’s good at pissing a lot of people of. He also claims to be good at drifting, something he showed in the last episode of The Grand Tour when he decided to have a go at recreating Ken Block’s famous Gymkhana stunt videos.

Of course, this is Jeremy Clarkson we’re talking about. A lot of his bombastic claims should be taken with a grain of salt. His stunt video, called “Farmkhana: Ultimate_Country_Playground,” is a perfect example of that. Watch it on a surface level, and you might even be convinced that Clarkson’s run across the playground is legitimate. He even makes faces while performing those intense burnouts. But take the time to study the video. Look at it closer, and you’ll start noticing how carefully edited it is. The shots from inside the Subaru STI show him mostly stationary — the face-making served as good distraction — while the shots of his feet slamming the pedals are far from conclusive since we don’t know if it’s actually doing it.

I will admit that Clarkson does know how to do a proper drift. He’s done it in front of a camera many times. But he’s nowhere near Block’s level when it comes to this kind of horse-playing. The latter is on another level. Fortunately, Clarkson and the show are in on the joke too when they released a short “Behind-The-Scenes” video of the stunt. It turns out; there was a lot of editing and failed stunts involved in the making of Farmkhana, including one scene where Clarkson failed to drift into a sheep pen, hitting and destroying its wooden enclosures every time.




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PostHeaderIcon Tesla Model X Pulls Stuck Volvo Semi Out Of The Snow: Video

In case you hadn’t noticed yet, the weather outside ain’t just frightful – it’s downright abysmal. Tons of frozen water is flying down from the sky, covering that tacky black stuff we all like to drive on, making us all nostalgic for better, warmer, traction-filled times. Some folks are handling it better than others, but sometimes, the inevitable happens, and without warningbam – you’re stuck. And that’s exactly what happened to the driver of this Volvo semi in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stranded on the side of the road, a passing SUV decided to give the struggle truck a hand, which normally would be an empty gesture – unless, of course, the SUV in question happened to have enough torque to shift the Earth’s orbit and the AWD grip to put it all down. As it happens, that’s exactly what you get in the Tesla Model X, and as such, this tale of the good all-electric Samaritan has a happy ending.

Recently posted on Facebook, the clip is just a minute in length, but heartwarming all the same. With the stuck semi hooked up to the Model X’s rear end, the driver of the Tesla puts the pedal down, spinning all four tires in a mad grab for traction. Eventually, it starts to hook up, and slowly but surely, the semi is freed from its wintry trap. Now we just want to see a Model X pull out one of those new Tesla Semis from a snow drift…

5,000 lb towing limit, lol. Ben #ModelX #Tesla #TeslaSemi #Snow #DualMotor

Posted by Kyle Conner on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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PostHeaderIcon Video: How About Some Venomous Snake with your V-6?

Michael Garbutt found the surprise of his life when he found a note on the windshield of his Mazda that read, “Hi, this afternoon a red Belly slithered up into your front left tire. Please be careful.” Sure enough, when he opened the hood of his car, one of Australia’s most dangerous and venomous snakes had taken up residence in the corner of the engine bay.


“Hi, this afternoon a red Belly slithered up into your front left tire. Please be careful.”

It takes a lot to scare the living daylights out of me, but a venomous one will definitely do the trick. I give props to Michael Garbutt for doing the right thing and calling a local snake wrangler to get the red-bellied black snake out of his career. As he explains it, he went to Google to look up a snake wrangler and found Andrew Melrose from Shire Snake Catchers.

Once Melrose arrived, the snake had already moved down into the engine, making it trickier for him to corral it. It took about an hour, and a number of other slithers from the reptile, but ultimately, Melrose was able to coax it out of the car by gently touching its body. As soon as the snake was out of the car, Melrose grabbed it with his hands and immediately dropped it in a snake bag.

It’s definitely a terrifying ordeal to be involved in, especially if the snake ends up in places you least expect it. According to Melrose, it’s actually common to find snakes in cars because it’s one of the “first places” it finds that looks safe to hide when they get startled. “The place I found it was very bare,” he added. “There was no place for the snake to escape. People would have startled it, and the only place for it to hide was the car. The driver could have driven off unaware and parked, and the snake would have left the car when it felt safe.”

Whether that’s the case or not, I’m not the type to enjoy seeing unwanted guests in my car, let alone a snake with lethal venomous bite.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Design Details of the Mercedes-AMG Project One

When you’re building a car as unique as the Mercedes-AMG Project One, it’s not enough for you to go through the usual design and engineering process behind building a traditional car. The hypercar is specialized in ways that go beyond the standards of typical auto engineering. It ventures into the territory of Formula One where every piece of the car is developed with the goal of enhancing its aerodynamics and performance capabilities. That’s the kind of work Mercedes-AMG put into developing the Project One. We see that on full display in this video presented by the automaker where some of the project’s most influential voices described the intricacies that went behind creating one of the most technologically advanced cars in the world today.


“The Mercedes-AMG Project One owes its roots to the German automaker’s desire to bring Formula One technology outside of the race track and into the streets”

The Mercedes-AMG Project One owes its roots to the German automaker’s desire to bring Formula One technology outside of the race track and into the streets. One look at the hypercar and you can tell that Mercedes-AMG took that goal seriously. Every little piece of it has ties to F1 tech, right down to how the panels were shaped to fully optimize its aerodynamic credentials.

Daimler Chief Design Director, Gorden Wagener, said as much in the video, explaining that the company’s goal was to make the most aerodynamic car in the world. As you can see, the lengths by which Mercedes-AMG went to achieving that goal was evident in how Formula One tech played a huge part in the development of the Project One. From the air ducts on the roof to the shark fins at the back, these components didn’t make it in the car by accident; they were added because of the aero enhancements they provide.


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“All the materials in the interior of the Project One were sourced from the sport”

It’s the same story in the interior. Mercedes-AMG Interior Design Director, Hartmut Sinkwitz, admitted that all the materials in the interior of the Project One were sourced from the sport, be it the generous use of carbon fiber or the inclusion of microfibre fabrics.

The result is a car that speaks for itself. Say what you will about its design, but you can’t deny that the Project One is dripping in F1-derived technology, right down to the hybrid Formula 1-inspired powertrain that’s capable of producing 1,000 horsepower. That power figure helps the hypercar sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 217 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Previews New A-Class With Winter Testing: Video

As those of us in the Mid West and on the East Coast gear up for yet another major winter storm, it’s important to know that your ride can take the freezing temperatures and won’t leave you out in the cold. As such, all of the major automakers out there undergo extensive testing when it comes to cold weather proofing their models, and Mercedes-Benz is no different, bringing their products to Sweden before they hit the dealership floor. The above-featured 35-second clip is a quick glimpse at what goes into prep for oodles of the white stuff, including a little sideways drift action on a giant snowy skid pad, grip on an iced-over road, and extreme temperature tests that pelt the car with winds as frigid as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a quick little video, but in addition to the winter testing stuff, it also affords us an opportunity to check out the new A-Class. The car in question is decked out in swirly camo, which means it’s a little tricky to pick out all the details, but more eagle-eyed readers can use it as an opportunity to preview the latest model year. It’s also worth noting that the car in the vid is the five-door hatchback body style, which won’t arrive on these shores (we’ll get the four-door sedan instead).

Are you excited for the new A-Class? Are you prepared for the impending storms? Let us know in the comments, and check out our recent “Getting Ready For Winter With FWD” article.


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PostHeaderIcon The Hoonigan Crew Lists Their Favorite Burnouts From 2017: Video

As we count down the few remaining hours of 2017, it’s always a fun time to look back at the good stuff of the past year. As such, we listed our favorite and least favorite cars of the year, recapped the debuts that either made a big splash or a big flop, and generally argued about which opinions were right and which were obviously wrong. Looks like our friends over at The Hoonigans YouTube channel are feeling the same New Years nostalgia, and as such, they put together the above-featured video listing their favorite burnouts from 2017.

Of course, The Hoonigans aren’t exactly newbies when it comes to smoking the meats. Under the tutelage of the Hoon Master General himself, Mr. Ken Block, these folks know exactly what it takes to execute a proper burnout. And we’re not talking about just revving it up and dumping the clutch – any high schooler with a busted old V-8 and a learner’s permit can do that. No, we’re talking about the art of a burnout, with something unique to lay it all down, engine note screaming in ear-pleasing internal combustion, a fine fog of vaporized tire streaming forth into the atmosphere. The Hoonigans certainly know their stuff when it comes to the art of the burnout, and this thirteen-and-a-half minute video is a lovely display of that time-honored tradition that is the gross display of power over grip.

Picking a best of the bunch isn’t easy given the quality of tire killing on display here, so we’ll leave it up to you to post in the comments your personal favorite.


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PostHeaderIcon Top Gear Drops New Trailer For Season 25: Video

Are you ready for the new season of Top Gear? Well, you better be, because it’s charging up your rear-view mirror in a cloud of tire smoke, mechanical abuse, and slapstick comedy. This will be the 25th season for the British motoring program, and as evidenced by this 30-second clip, it looks to offer viewers plenty of sliding, lots of airborne antics, and a generous heaping of gratuitous displays of speed. The clip looks as though it’s set in an abandoned industrial center, which is set up in perfect Gymkhana-style with dirt, jumps, and several heavy things to run into. Making their appearance is the trio of new hosts, Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid, and Chris Harris, who are piloting a Shelby Mustang GT350, Jaguar F-Type SVR and McLaren 570S, respectively. Making a cameo is long-time friend of the show, Ken Block, who’s looking to take a little time off from nearly sliding off mountains to issue some high-performance justice to the TG crew as some kind of deputized speed sheriff behind the wheel of a custom off-roader. Of course, the boys aren’t taking it sitting down, and you can guess what happens as a result…

The BBC should release Episode 1 of the new season of Top Gear sometime early next year. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for updates as we get them.


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Lincoln Navigator Ad Has a Silent Matthew McConaughey and a Hidden Message

So, with all of the past Lincoln\McConaughey commercials and all of the weirdness that ensues, it’s pretty easy to feel disappointed here.
McConaughey is silent and does nothing more than drum on the steering wheel of his new Navigator as he waits for a train to pass. Once the train passes, he presses the button for “D” or drive, casts his typical smile, and drives off; not a word said. Now, everyone seems to be ragging on Lincoln and McConaughey for such a boring commercial. But, what everyone has seemed to miss is that the cabin of that Navigator is so quiet that you can hear McConaughey drumming on his steering wheel.

There’s nothing more to it really, and nothing less – either. Just a guy enjoying his day, drumming on his steering while as he waits for a train to pass. The point is that the cabin is quiet, so check out the advertisement for yourself and let us know what you think!


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PostHeaderIcon Remember the Crazy Chevy SSR? Doug Does

Chevrolet has made some interesting things over its 100 years, but none compete with the 2003-2006 SSR. This contraption defied classification and spawned during a troubled time during “Old GM’s” heyday and right before its collapse in 2009. The SSR is a hardtop convertible pickup with a semi-permanent tonneau cover over its composite bed, powered by a small-block V-8 and wrapped in retro styling that harks back to the late 1940s Advance design pickups. Oh, and it shares its hydro-formed ladder frame and suspension system with the Chevy Trailblazer.

On the inside, the SSR was a hodgepodge of mid-2000s GM infamy. Green digital readouts, a chunky steering wheel, a hundred-button stereo face, and odd proportion everywhere. But for all its weirdness, the SSR’s interior had some redeeming qualities. The center console and door panels featured body-colored paint; there were aluminum bits to brighten things up, and heated seats.

The small-block V-8 was the third-generation 5.3-liter making 300 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic was the only choice. Then for its final year in 2006, Chevy dropped in the 390-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 with 405 pound-feet of torque. The extra power really woke up the SSR, but the best improvement was the available six-speed manual transmission. Power was only sent to the rear wheels.

Despite its quirks, the SSR’s greatest downfall was its price. In 2003 it started at $41,995 and could be optioned up to $47,000. By 2006, the base price had grown to $43,180 and its topped out around $50,000. That was rather expensive for the time, especially considering the competition that shared that price bracket.

Still, the Chevy SSR was a unicorn that will forever lurk in the halls of GM oddities. Give it 40 years, and these things will command big money on the auction block. For now, you’ll just catch glares and stares as you drive the SSR down the road.


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PostHeaderIcon Watch Hennessey Do 174 MPH in a Hellcat Hauling A Christmas Tree!

Adding to its long list of wild stunts, Hennessey Performance decided to strap a Christmas tree to the roof of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody to see just how fast the car could run. Needless to say, the Hellcat comes perfectly equipped for speed. Its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 makes an astounding 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As a refresher, the Widebody version of the Challenger Hellcat has a wider track than the standard car, which allows for fatter tires. Naturally, wider tires offer better traction – something that’s desperately needed with the Hellcat’s power levels.

John Hennessey, CEO of his tuning and performance company, took the Challenger Hellcat Widebody to Continental Tire’s test track for some top speed trails, tree and all. The baseline run without the tree but with the suction cup-mounted roof rack posted a top speed of 177 mph. That means the Hellcat Wideboy only lost three mph off its top speed with a live tree strapped to its hood. That’s impressive.

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PostHeaderIcon A Timeless Christmas Commercial From Mercedes-AMG

Car-related Christmas commercials are generally good fun, especially when it’s not a hard sell, in-your-face ad about year-end closeout deals or other pitch. One of my favorite light-hearted commercials came from Mercedes-Benz in 2012. It features the SLS AMG GT3 racecar and its development team. The commercial begins with engineers and pit crewmembers tirelessly working under the SLS’ hood. It appears the AMG team is making corrections to the big 6.2-liter V-8, perhaps tweaking it to hit that sweet 600-horsepower mark. The SLS then burns rubber out of the pits and onto the rack where the pit crew seems oddly obsessed with making the car hit 180 degrees Celsius. Strong German accents bark orders at the driver not to hit the curbs, presumably to save the SLS’ forged aluminum control arms.

The mystery comes to a close when the car pulls back into the pits, and the hood is opened. There, sitting perfectly inside the SLS’ long engine bay, is a tray of Christmas cookies decorated with Mercedes emblems, AMG logos, Reindeer, and shooting stars. A taste reveals the cookies were perfectly baked by the all-aluminum V-8, confirming the $456,000 non-streetable SLS AMG is the most exciting oven ever devised.

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PostHeaderIcon This 1960 Chevrolet Commercial Is the Greatest Christmas Ad Ever!

Video commercials have been around for more than 60 years, and they’re still a good way to promote products, despite social media now offering several other alternatives. This is true for automakers as well, with all the major companies pumping out tens of commercials throughout the year. There’s no bad time to launch an ad, no matter the month, but December is a particularly good one. It’s the season to be jolly, the month when people become more emotional and spend more time with family and friends. It’s also the month when we spend a lot of money on gifts, and this is exactly why carmakers launch some of their best commercials around Christmas time.

I’ve seen plenty of good Christmas car commercials in recent years. Good as in smart on the marketing side, HD footage, and action-packed scenarios. But most of them lacked the memorable message a convincing commercial should have. And like most ads nowadays, they were very short. So while I know I’ve seen a few good ones, I can’t put my finger on them right away. This is why I’m digging up a commercial from 1960s for this Christmas.

Yeah, it may be almost 60 years old, from the era of black-and-white television, and shot in awful quality for modern standards, but it has many feats you can’t find in today’s ads. It’s a full two minutes, it introduces several products, and it has good humor. It makes fun of friends you might not want to be around for long, the sister-in-law’s annoying kids, and even your boss. Sure, some of these jokes might not be considered appropriate nowadays, but people weren’t so touchy back then. And the guy introducing all those cars knows how to get your attention. Christmas car commercials were definitely funnier in 1960.

PostHeaderIcon ‘Tis The Season For Symmetrical AWD: Video

We just got a good amount of the white stuff up here in Northern California, which is well timed with the impending holiday season. But, as we all know, with the extra fluffy frozen water comes grip issues on the road, and that can be a problem if you’re on a deadline to deliver tons of toys to good little girls and boys all around the world. Luckily, it looks like Santa has the right stuff to make it there on time, as evidenced in the above commercial.

Rather than floating through the sky pulled by a herd of reindeer, we see Santa is actually powered by a Subaru Crosstrek, dashing through the snow thanks to high ground clearance and 152 horsepower laid down by a 2.0-liter flat four-cylinder engine. And just in case that magical sack Santa uses to haul around all the goodies gets a little too full, the Crosstrek’s sizable rear cargo room should have the right stuff to bring the rest of it. All it needs now is a bright and shiny red grille on the nose…

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PostHeaderIcon BMW’s Holiday Video Features Rarely Seen M3 E30 Pickup

With Christmas literally being a few days away, automakers have started rolling out their holiday greetings for the masses. BMW’s M Division is the latest to do so with a holiday-themed ad that features a vehicle that was never sold to the public. We’ve seen it a handful of times over the years, but this is probably the first time Bimmer is using the pickup version of the BMW M3 E30 for any of its promotional videos. Consider it a treat then that BMW is doing it for the holidays. Merry Christmas, indeed!

“If you’re not familiar with the BMW M3 E30 pickup, it’s because the German automaker never put it up in the market”

If you’re not familiar with the BMW M3 E30 pickup, it’s because the German automaker never put it up in the market. History points to this particular vehicle as a skunkworks project created by BMW M all the way back in 1986 to serve a variety of purposes, including transporting parts and other work equipment. Unbelievably, BMW M continue to use the M3 pickup until 2012 before retiring it for good.

Five years later, the performance brand dusted off the M3-based model to serve as the start of this Christmas-themed commercial. The ad itself is pretty straight-forward. It starts with a mother and a daughter making final preparations for their Christmas decorations. The father is noticeably absent because he’s bringing home the Christmas three, all wrapped up in the M3 pickup’s bed. It turns out; dear ‘ol daddy had far too much fun power sliding the M3 pickup that he forgot about the tree at the back. Once he gets home, beaming with pride over his road exploits, he turns to see what was left of the Christmas tree. It wasn’t a pretty sight, and his daughter’s face has “disappointed” written all over it.

“For better or worse, the ad does a good job touting the performance abilities of the M3 pickup.”

For better or worse, the ad does a good job touting the performance abilities of the M3 pickup. The vehicle started its life using a 2.0-liter engine sourced from the 320iS before being replaced by the 2.3-liter unit powering the M3 E30. The latter was capable of producing 200 horsepower, so it’s understandable for the dad to go a little crazy with it in the snow. If only he remembered there was a Christmas tree in the back…

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It’s Also a Christmas Tree Transporter

The McLaren F1 GTR is one of the most eye-catching supercars of all time. It’s a magnet for attention, and it’s capable of unfiltered viciousness on the race track. Apparently, it also makes for a handy car during the holiday season, as the owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, showed us in a recent video.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a performance car double as a Christmas tree transport vehicle. We saw a Ferrari 458 and an Audi R8 do it last year. But a McLaren F1 GTR? That’s never going to happen, right? Guess again.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to use an F1 GTR for this purpose. But I don’t own one, so my opinion doesn’t matter. Andy74b on Instagram does own one, and we see it in all its glory in this video prepared by the man himself. He gets inside the car, drives to the tree farm, and buys one for his home. Since the F1 GTR lacks in enough space to fit a Christmas tree, Andy74b decides to simply strap it onto the roof of his F1 GTR, before going on his merry way.

It’s one thing to see a Ferrari 458 or an Audi R8 serve the role of a Christmas tree transport vehicle. That’s old news. Whats beyond comprehension is seeing someone use an eight-figure supercar for the same reason. Then again, such issues are problems for the affluent, something we can clearly see in this example. Here’s to hoping that the F1 GTR survived in bringing that Christmas to its destination.

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