At one point in 2007, Porsche owned 4 of the 10 fastest lap times around Germany’s Nurburgring. The other owners? Well, a couple belonged to specialty-car makers Donkervoort and Radical. Pagani had the 7th spot with the Zonda F Clubsport, and the remaining position was held by the McLaren F1. Things have become a bit more diverse in the past 10 years, but with 20 of the top 100 lap times belonging to Porsche, it’s safe to say the engineers in Stuttgart are still the world’s best when it comes to building a ‘Ring king. Continue reading >>>
Fire ripped through the camping trailer in the early morning hours. The orange glow of the flames reflected off a wood fence across the street, soon joined by the red flashing lights of emergency trucks.
The trailer burned to its metal frame, leaving the rest as nothing more than black soot.
Parked not 2 feet from that trailer was my brand-new 2004 Honda Pilot, which, when daylight came, looked surprisingly good. Well, from the passenger side, anyway. I soon found out the driver’s side had almost completely melted away. Shattered glass burned holes in the new leather. The paint bubbled and peeled. Rubber trim was simply gone. While the Pilot didn’t catch fire, the intense heat destroyed the vehicle, which I thought would be totaled out. I took solace in knowing I’d get another new car.
The damage came to about $14,000, while the insurance company said the vehicle was still worth around $30,000. I always thought $14K was a lot to put into a vehicle that would never really be the same. But then I read about Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1, and I have a new appreciation for expensive car repairs.
Building the world’s fastest convertible is one thing. Building it to accommodate four brave passengers is something else.
The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet has a top speed of 231 mph, making it the world’s fastest convertible. That speed would also be good enough to easily land it a spot in the top 10 fastest production cars in the world, between the McLaren F1 and Gumbert Apollo. (The Bugatti Veyron proudly sits atop the list, for now.)
A Mercedes-Benz vehicle, by itself, wouldn’t make the list, but when the speed freaks at Brabus get a hold of one, all hell breaks loose. Even by Brabus standards, this convertible is one crazy ride for four crazy people.