Lewis Hamilton Drives Koenigsegg at Gumball 3000, Runs Out of Fuel in the Desert

When we first heard that the two-times, Formula One World Champion is considering driving the U.S. leg of this year’s Gumball 3000 we thought it’s just another lousy rumor of some cheap tabloid. But it was later confirmed, so the only thing we’ve been betting on was whether or not Lewis Hamilton will be driving the McLaren P1 he recently bought or his other amazing hypercar, the Pagani Zonda. It turns out it was none of them.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton Drove Koenigsegg Agera HH at Gumball 3000 1 photo
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In case you missed our earlier reports, we’ll tell you that autoevolution has covered this year’s edition of Gumball 3000, and it was a blast. We want to tell you that there’s a lot more to the 3,000-mile rally than the average rich-people-drive-expensive type of thing. The amount of supercars, sportscars and hypercars you meet on the road every a couple of miles or so is just amazing. The parties have their fair share of fun, of course, but the drive itself is worth attending at least once.

Since our time on the road was limited, we only participated in the European leg. It means we never got the chance to meet Lewis Hamilton in person and see his ride of choice for the event.

As we said, it turns out none of us, here at autoevolution, was right. Hamilton finally decided to drive a car that wasn’t even his., a Koenigsegg Agera HH. The beautiful 940 horsepower beast, you can stare at in the video below, belongs to a friend of the professional driver, David Heinemeyer. As more or less of a coincidence, the Euro leg of the Rally saw participants visiting the Koenigsegg factory.

Known as the creator of the open source web application framework Ruby On Rails, the IT brainiac is also a racing enthusiast having even won his class at the 24 Hours of LeMans after five years of contesting the race.

Apparently, the F1 ace was driving with proper speeds in the desert when the hypercar ran out of gas, finding himself stranded. According to Contact Music, the British Formula One Champion was left in the dust as he took part in the final leg of the eccentric rally on Friday, in the middle of Nevada’s Death Valley. Naturally, one of the participants was kind enough to share some of his spare gas allowing Hamilton to head for a scheduled pit stop.

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