May 4th, 2010

Top 5 Gumball 3000 cars of 2010

This year’s Gumball 3000 kicked off on Saturday, with the 2010 route being one of the most complicated ever. It involves 120 cars driving 3,000 miles between London and New York, taking in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Boston, Quebec City, and Toronto on the way. The cars will be flown from Europe to Boston and the rally will finish in New York’s Times Square on Friday.

If you are not aware of the Gumball, it is a weeklong dash from one luxurious destination to another as quickly as possible. But this is not for the average petrol-head as you need deep pockets, and I mean seriously deep. It costs £30,000 for two people in one car to enter and you need a car which is a unique to the race to be selected for the trip. However you also need to take suitcase of cash with you to pay for repairs, bribes and police fines.

The Gumball is the epitome of exotica and debauchery. Fast cars, rich guys and hot girls, it is a trip which everyone wants to get on. This year’s grid has a sprinkling of every kind of super/hypercar you can think of. Below are our top five Gumball cars of 2010. Our criteria was simple, we just wanted to follow the Gumball philosophy of balls out arrogance and extravagance. These cars may not be the best Gumball cars as they are too flash or not practical enough, but they are cars which you will only find on a trip like this. We could have included the variety of Enzo’s, SLR’s and Porsche’s but they are all a bit boring when it comes to Gumball. The Gumball 3000 is special and long may it continue.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV

What you see here is a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV … with a roof rack. Who said that supercars can’t be practical? Finished in this year’s much loved matte black, this could be the ultimate exotic Gumball car.

Hamann Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Having a normal Ferrari 599 is not good enough for the Gumball, they are just too boring. To make a difference on the Gumball grid you need to head to aftermarket tuners, and in the case of this 599 you need to turn to Hamann. Hamann tweaks an extra 53 horsepower out of the Fiorano’s Enzo-derived engine, bringing peak power up to 673 hp, by fitting its own custom header. And in case the wail of the Fiorano’s V12 just wasn’t cutting it, Hamann also fitted its own exhaust just so the crowds can hear you coming. This 599 also wins the prize for having the best vinyl wrap, the fade metallic red from gold orange to blood red is gorgeous – but for the Gumball only. Don’t try this on your Nova SRI because you will look like a knob.

Snakeskin Bentley Continental GT

The Gumball is the only place where a snakeskin Bentley Continental GT can look right. In any other circumstance I would destroy the owner for personalizing a luxury car marquee in this way, but at the Gumball ostentation is key. The Bentley Continental GT is favoured by a lot of Gumballs as it is quick, yet comfortable and doesn’t gobble fuel as much as the supercars.

Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 Italia is the car of the moment. Ferrari’s next generation road car crammed full of F1 technology and high performance aerodynamic aids wrapped up in a beautiful body shell. With a large fuel tank, the 458 will be a good Gumball GT car and who can get bored of that 9,000 RPM redline? The Gumball 458 is finished in a chrome wrap; just in case you miss it first time in the crowd of exotica.

PPI R8 Razor GTR

Thought the standard Audi R8 was tame? Yeah, me too. That is why PPI are on hand to crank up your Audi to 580hp. With a 0-60 clocking in at 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200MPH+ there is more than enough performance to outrun some of the best Gumballers. The PPI R8 Razor GTR taking part in this year’s Gumball also has more spy technology than James Bond’s Christmas list. Equipped with police scanners, jammers, fake lights and both CB and two way radios, these Gumballer’s know what they are doing.