Driving on a rally stage can be one of the most exhilarating experiences, and for some first-timers, it would probably be an unforgettable experience. This person though decided to take things to the next level driving on a country rally stage.
TaxTheRich100 is a social media channel, which features videos of the rarest, most expensive cars being driven off-road. No, not rock crawling or any other crazy off-roading, but hey, a Ferrari F40 being driven, flat-out on a field is enough to draw the attention of a petrolhead.
Over the past weekend, the channel put up a post of a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster on instagram, and since he is known for driving these cars off the beaten path, one would think that the same would happen here too, and it did.
On 10 July, supercar spotter 'TheTFJJ' posted a video that would have shocked most car enthusiasts and car collectors, but thrilled most rally fans. In a first such known instance, a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster was driven off the beaten path, and in the woods, presumably by the TaxTheRich100 guy and filmed by TheFTJJ.
The TaxTheRich100 YouTube channel only has 16 videos but features cars like the Ferrari F40, F50, 288 GTO, Enzo, Jaguar XJ220, etc. being driven on some rough farm roads, drifting and sliding around in the muck. However, to think that he would do the same with a CLK GTR Roadster was beyond most.
The CLK GTR was a race car raced by the AMG-Mercedes and Team Persson Motorsport teams in the 19987 and 1998 FIA GT Championship series, and the CLK GTR won the team championship as well as drivers championship in both the years. In order to qualify for the FIA GT Championship, the race cars had to be homologated for road use as well.
Hence, Mercedes-Benz built 26 road-going versions of the CLK GTR, and only 6 of them were Roadsters. Add to this, the fact that the car is basically a race car underneath, and you would start seeing why even we are surprised that this car was driven like that.
However, you can rest assured that the number 03 of the 06 CLK GTR Roadster will not be driven like that every day. Powered by a race-tuned 6.9-litre V12 engine, putting out 604bhp and 775Nm, it is capable of accelerating from 0-100 in 3.8 seconds and going on to a top speed of 344 km/h.
The video was shot at the Heveningham Hall Concours, held in the UK over the last weekend, hence one can find some of the rarest cars in the video. Heveningham's Instagram posts show a La Ferrari and a Bugatti EB110 too going off-road at the event.
Though at first, one might cringe at the very thought of such a rare piece of art being driven off-road, there is a strange satisfactory feeling one gets after watching the whole video, listening to the race gearbox whining in sync with the 6.9-litre V12 engine, all through the video.