Maybach Exelero: A Look Back At the Sport Coupé Concept

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Long before Jay-Z and Kanye West shot the music video for “Otis”, Bryan “Birdman” Williams had placed his order for his very own Maybach Exelero. The price tag: a whopping $8 million. Pocket change for a guy worth over $100 million with a Veyron and a Landaulet in the garage. But now he seems to be running into some trouble.

The Maybach Exelero is a very special concept car in that it was created in cooperation with tire producer Fulda. For the testing of high-performance tires, the company needed a car that was capable of exceeding the 350 km/h (217 mph) mark. A Maybach model had been built to serve as a test car for Fulda as early as the late 1930s – and this connection was revived a couple of years ago.

The final result was more than convincing: on May 1, 2005, racing driver Klaus Ludwig drove the Maybach Exelero fitted with Fulda tires in Nardo/Italy and attained a speed of 351.45 km/h – setting a new world speed record for limousines on series-production tires.

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