Monday, October 18, 2010

Maybach Exelero

When most development companies need some testing machinery they usually build a large piece of purpose built equipment and aesthetics are the last think in mind. For automotive companies its mules, older cars that don’t stand out in the crowd with new engineering grafted on so they can be tested without prying eyes. I guarantee at this very moment there’s a number running around the Nurburgring.

So when Fulda decided to build some testing rig for its high performance tyres, which would also be used to promote them, it didn’t go the convectional way of a machine in a warehouse. Instead it commissioned a design competition for student designers, the winner was 24-year-old Fredrik Burchhardt and his work was co-ordinated with that of the Maybach design centre in Sindelfingen. They then took a Maybach 57 and radically redesigned it. Boring out the standard V12 engine to 5.9ltrs and tweaking it up to 700bhp. This has pushed this 2.66 tonne car up to 218mph around the Nardo high-speed oval. The cost a reported £7,000,000!!!!!!

I think the word your looking for it stunning, simply stunning

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