Meet the World's Fastest Limo Driver
It all started a few years ago and it sounds like the scenario for a very bad B-movie. Businessman David Bruce McMahan, who first became famous a couple of years ago, was riding in a limo which was taking him home from the airport in Indianapolis. He began talking with the driver and pretty soon discovered they both shared a dream. A dream about building a record-breaking street-legal car.
“Building a record-breaking performance car is something I always dreamed of as a kid, ever since I was strapping motors to my Radio Flyer to the time when I was drag racing Studebakers at Paradise Airport,” McMahan told wired.com.
The limo driver's name was Marlon Kirby, and besides driving rich guys from their private jets to their homes he also had his own car tuning company and was a retired competitive wrestler. “So, we exchanged numbers in the limo, and I called Marlon back about two weeks later, agreeing to finance his next project,” McMahan also disclosed. What a soap opera so far, huh?
Well, four years, a lot of money and allegedly a lot of work later, their project is complete and they will even sell it to anyone who can dispose of... wait for it... three million US dollars. A pretty hefty price tag considering the following facts.
The car is actually a British Ultima GTR 720 ex-kit-car which initially had a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds. Kirby scrapped its engine and replaced it with a 434 cubic inch twin-turbocharged Chevrolet V8 that puts out about 2100 hp at the flywheel. He also renamed it Maxximus G-Force.
So, in the end this is just a shed-tuned kit-car whose world record acceleration is attested only by an obscure organization. Is it worth three million bucks? Either the answer, it made Marlon Kirby the fastest limo driver in the world.