The Gumball 3000 entry list usually consists of wealthy exotic car owners with more money than driving skill, but there are always a few exceptions to the rule. One is our very own Christian Moe, who participated in this year’s Gumball, and to our knowledge, is not a billionaire. Another is two-time and current defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who joined the 2015 Gumball to drive a Koenigsegg Agera S in the final stage.

Friend and software mogul David Heinemeier Hansson invited Hamilton to join him from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The route took the rally through Death Valley, where temperatures hit over 105 degrees, which isn’t so bad when you’re behind the wheel of a Swedish hypercar with a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 producing 1,030 horsepower and 812 pound-feet of torque. It also doesn’t hurt knowing you have an ice-cold adult beverage waiting for you at the finish line in Vegas.

After starting in Stockholm, Sweden, the Gumball stopped at Koenigsegg headquarters in Ängelholm, Sweden, where participants were invited to drive their cars as fast as they dared on Koenigsegg’s test track. The rally then went through Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. It picked up again stateside in Reno, Nevada before heading to Los Angeles via San Francisco.

It’s not the first time Hamilton has taken the legendary trek from L.A. to Sin City. In this video, he tells the story of how he and his friends once loaded into a Rolls Royce for the trip, and after about 45 minutes of car partying, realized they hadn’t even made it out of the typically horrible L.A. traffic.

Hamilton spends some of his spare time in Los Angeles and had a weekend off after the Monaco Grand Prix, where he finished third due to a severe miscommunication with his race engineer that likely cost him the win. He’ll be looking to redeem himself at the next round in Canada.

Koenigsegg Agera S

2013 Koenigsegg Agera S High Resolution Exterior
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