Can you believe it’s been almost 15 years since the Maybach Exelero debuted? The one-off performance concept was made by Stola in collaboration with Daimler Chrysler and, in our eyes, still looks amazing after all those years. Don’t believe us? Check out this comprehensive video review of the prototype made by Supercar Blondie.
Probably a few of you know that the Exelero was actually commissioned by Fulda, the tyre company part of the Goodyear group. The firm wanted to test its new Carat Exelero tyre family and asked Daimler to build a prototype that can reach speeds in excess of 217 miles per hour. The concept was based on the production Maybach 57 and the final design was prepared by four students from the Transportation Design School of Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences.
Gallery: Maybach Exelero show car handed over to Fulda Reifenwerke
Power was provided by a 5.9-litre twin-turbo V12 engine with three valves per cylinder. The peak output was 690 bhp and 752 pound-feet of torque – enough power to accelerate the 2,660-kilogram two-door concept from a standstill to 62 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. The Exelero had a set of 23-inch Fulda Carat Exelero tyres in size 315/25 ZR 23 for all four corners.
Reports from years ago speculated that Birdman (aka rapper Bryan Williams) bought the car for approximately $8 million (£6.5 million). After its debut in 2005, the Exelero was handed to Fulda, which apparently sold it to Mechatronik to join a private collection in Germany. As Supercar Blondie explains in the video, the one-off still rides on its original tyres and is not capable of reaching high speeds anymore but has actually managed to hit the 217-mph barrier back in 2005. And that’s still very impressive.