Here’s Shmee150’s Entry For Gumball 3000: Video
The Gumball 3000 road rally is scheduled to begin a little later this month, and in anticipation of the off, YouTuber Shmee150 has created a preview video showcasing his personal neon-green 2015 McLaren 650S entry. It’s a brief five-minute piece on the route and car, and should help to stoke the excitement of anyone looking forward to this year’s event.
For those of you out there who have no idea what I’m talking about, the Gumball 3000 is an annual gathering that combines rich and famous VIPs with high-dollar exotica. It’s a celebration of the joys of expensive speed as exhibited through an extended road trip on public roads. Accentuated by flashy parties and a blatant disregard for local speed limits (so I’ve heard), the 3,000-mile journey has been ongoing since 1999, and is notorious for reckless behavior amongst its participants.
The current driver roster for 2015 includes TV-star David Hasselhoff, rapper Bun B, DJ The Alchemist, free-style skier Jon Olsson, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
This year’s Gumball will kick off on May 23rd in Stockholm, where the high-performance caravan will head towards Oslo and Copenhagen before arriving in Amsterdam. The whole rally (including the cars) will then head by plane to Reno, Nevada, followed by a cross over into California towards San Francisco. After SF comes LA, ending with one last party in Las Vegas.
You can check out the official schedule here. If you plan on catching a part of the rally as it passes through your neck of the woods, make sure to bring your camera to capture the hijinks.
First dropping cover at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, McLaren describes the 650S as a brand new model, although it draws heavily MP4-12C platform. One look reveals this fact almost immediately, although there are also several P1 influences to be found in the styling. The body purportedly provides the same level of drag as the 12C, but offers 24 percent more downforce when moving at 150 mph, which should be quite useful when making those lonely blasts between fuel stops.
Shmee has seen fit to deck out his 650S in a playing-card-theme vinyl wrap, with hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs scattered randomly across the body panels. The five-spoke diamond-cut wheels continue the gambling motif with black and red roulette stripes around the perimeter.
Read our full review of the stock car here.