|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door coupé|
|Engine||5.9 L 5,908 cc (361 cu in) Twin-turbocharged V12|
|Length||229.7 in (5,834.4 mm)|
|Width||83.5 in (2,120.9 mm)|
|Height||54.2 in (1,376.7 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,660 kg (5,864 lb)|
The Exelero was commissioned by Fulda, a German subsidiary of Goodyear, to test their new Carat Exelero tire range. 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. 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.
The Exelero is powered by a twin turbo V12 engine made by the defunct Maybach (now a part of the Mercedes-Benz division of Daimler AG), and mounted at 60º. Each cylinder has 3 valves, and a compression ratio of 9.2:1. The engine produces 700 PS (690 hp; 515 kW) at 5000 rpm and 752 ft⋅lb (1,020 N⋅m) of torque at 2500 rpm.
The Exelero has a top speed of 351 km/h (218 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.
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. The brakes are vented discs at the front and rear, and the car comes equipped with ABS.
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. The Exelero has sport seats with red harness-style seatbelts.
In popular cultureEdit
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. 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.
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.
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