Maybach Exelero

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Maybach Exelero
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Overview
Manufacturer DaimlerChrysler
Production 2005
1 unit
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout FR layout
Related Maybach 57
Powertrain
Engine 5.9 L 5,908 cc (361 cu in) Twin-turbocharged V12
Dimensions
Length 229.7 in (5,834.4 mm) [1]
Width 83.5 in (2,120.9 mm) [1]
Height 54.2 in (1,376.7 mm) [1]
Curb weight 2,660 kg (5,864 lb)

The Maybach Exelero is a one-off high-performance sports car made by German manufacturer Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH, a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler. It was unvelied at the Tempodrom in Berlin in 2005.[2]

Development[edit]

The Exelero was commissioned by Fulda, a German subsidiary of Goodyear, to test their new Carat Exelero tire range.[3] The Exelero was the second vehicle to serve as a one-off show car for Fulda's high performance tire range, the first being the Gemballa Extremo in 1996. In collaboration with Maybach, the initial design of the Exelero was to be influenced by the Maybach SW 38 and built on the platform of the Maybach 57.[3] Another important design stipulation from Fulda was that the car should be able to reach speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph) so that the physical limits of the Exelero tires could be tested. The final design of the Exelero was produced by four students from the Transportation Design School of Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences.[4]

Specifications[edit]

Rear of the Exelero.

Powertrain[edit]

The Exelero is powered by a twin turbo V12 engine made by Maybach and mounted at 60º.[5] Each cylinder has 3 valves, and a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The engine produces 700 PS (690 hp; 510 kW) at 5000 rpm and 752 ft⋅lb (1,020 N⋅m) of torque at 2500 rpm.[5]

The Exelero has a top speed of 218 mph (350 km/h) and a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.

Wheels[edit]

The Exelero has alloy wheels with diameters of 23 inches at the front and the rear. The tires are Fulda Carat Exeleros with codes of 315/25 ZR 23 for both the front and rear.[5] The brakes are vented discs at the front and rear, and the car comes equipped with ABS.

Interior[edit]

The main materials used in the construction of the Exelero's interior are dark and red leather, neoprene, glossy black carbon fiber, and aluminum accents.[6] The Exelero has sport seats with red harness-style seatbelts.

In popular culture[edit]

The car is noted for being portrayed in an episode of long-running German show Cobra 11, in which it is used in the ending chase of the episode "Freundschaft".

According to Top Gear, the vehicle was purchased by rapper Birdman in 2011 for US$8 million.[7] In January 2012, Motorvison profiled the car, which was then owned by Mechatronik and located in Germany, and reports previous rumors of sale to be unfounded.[8] [9]

Jay-Z featured the car in the music video for "Lost One".

The car is also shown in the Japanese anime Nisekoi on its first season's 11th episode as a birthday gift to Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of the Beehive Gang boss, by Claude, the guardian of Chitoge. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Maybach Exelero". Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Maybach Exelero Show Car". www.classicdriver.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Project – Mayback Exelero Reviews". www.exelerocar.com. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Maybach Exelero - Road Test & Review - Automobile Magazine". Automobile Magazine. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  5. ^ a b c "2005 Maybach Exelero Concept specifications, carbon dioxide emissions, fuel economy, performance, photos 128436". www.carfolio.com. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Legend – Mayback Exelero Reviews". www.exelerocar.com. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  7. ^ "Rapper pays $8m for one-off Maybach".  Top Gear
  8. ^ "Maybach Exelero".  Motorvision on YouTube
  9. ^ "Mechatronik: Was wird aus dem Maybach Exelero?". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.  Motorvision
  10. ^ https://rabujoi.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/nisekoi-11/