Rich and famous usually also means outlandish and ostentatious when it comes to the vehicles that Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and musicians drive. Cars are the ultimate status symbol, so ordinary simply does not cut it when forced to make and keep up appearances.
Imagination runs wild when money is no object. Here are three examples of melodramatic motoring by celebrities.
West Coast Customs in Corona, California, got the privilege of turning a brand new Cadillac CTS-V into the Canadian pop-sensation’s personal superhero conveyance. The custom black paint job, matte finish, 20-inch wheels and BF Goodrich g-Force Comp-2s, which are popular for this model of Cadillac, only begin to describe this automotive marvel (or is it DC?).
Justin Bieber had “suicide” doors installed, the ones that are hinged at the rear as opposed to the front. The Batmobile logo is on the steering wheel and the front grill of the car. The front seats are made with custom Italian leather, completed with crystalline bling of his initials “JB” near the headrests. All of the stitching is purple, Bieber’s favorite color, and the three woofers in the trunk provide enough thump to wake up everyone in the neighborhood.
The total cost of the vehicle is unknown to the public, but speculators estimate a few hundred thousand dollars.
The former Tonight Show host said he first thought of the idea of a jet-powered car when he attended the World Fair in 1964 and saw one with his own eyes. Jay Leno wrote in Popular Mechanics that he enlisted two engineers from the GM Advance Design Studio to draw sketches of one that might be possible to build. The rest, as they say, is history.
The chassis was built right in Leno’s garage, while Gaffoglios Metalcrafters (who also made custom trucks for the Stray Cats and Aerosmith) built the body. The aerodynamic design doesn’t necessarily scream sportscar, but will certainly turn heads as it passes. The turbine is a Honeywell LTS-101, the same one used in military helicopters. It requires a custom torque converter to curtail its 40,000 maximum rpm at idle speed. The car is capable of reaching 245 mph, and Leno said he beat an airplane in a race to 165 on a runway when the car was finished. The car even sounds like an airplane at takeoff.
The name Ecojet is not just for kicks either. Though the gas mileage is not Prius-comparable, all the seats are made from artificial suede as opposed to animal hides.
Mayweather’s Armored SUV
Floyd Mayweather is not shy about flashing his money. He earned $72 million for his last two fights and posted photocopies of the checks on Twitter. But everybody wants a piece of “Money,” particularly rapper 50 Cent. The two have been in an ongoing feud since Fiddy joked about Mayweather struggling to read an advertisement on the radio. Maybe that is why Floyd, on the defensive, shows up at strip clubs in his extended armored SUV.
The “Money Truck” features a bathroom, kitchen, and of course, bullet-proof glass. The truck is built to withstand a missile truck if Floyd ever finds himself in a warzone. It has been reported that a chef rides with Floyd whenever he takes the vehicle out, in case he gets hungry for fresh filet mignon.
No expense was spared building the truck. The price tag was more than $2 million.