It´s not every day you come across a factory made one of a kind road legal vehicle, especially one from such a revered organization as Maybach. The Exelero is an outright beastly two-seater based off the legendary Maybachs from the 1930’s. It is powered by a twin turbo V12 which delivers a stunning 700hp, pretty wild considering that the car was presented in 2005.
So how come the Exelero even exists?
Well, apparently the German tire manufacturer, Fulda Tires, used a 1939 Maybach SW 38 to test tires back in the 40’s and in 2005 Fulda tires wanted a new Maybach to test a new generation of tires. They commissioned the Exelero, which turned out to be more than just a show car – In tests on the Nardo high-speed oval, the prototype reached almost 350 km/h despite weighing over 2.66 tones.
The design is a result of a competition amongst students at the Pforzheim Polytechnic Department of Transport Design. A contribution from a 24 year old named Fredrik Burckhardt won and Fredrik got to work closely with Maybach during the development of the car. The Exelero project took shape out of the ashes of a Maybach 57 limousine.
When Fulda no longer required the service of Exelero it was purchased by a diamond industrialist by the name of André Action Diakité Jackson for 5 million euros. Jackson allowed Jay-Z to use it in his Lost One music video before selling it to a “European Entrepreneur” named Arnaud Massartic. In 2011 Arnaud announced that the Exelero was for sale yet again, and Bryan “Birdman” Williams almost immediately notified Arnaud that he was willing to pay a whopping 8 million dollars for it.
A few months later there was quite a few articles suggesting that Birdman had failed to present the money and nothing has been heard about it since. Who knows where it is now?
Author: Olle E. Wistén