Interview: Maximillion Cooper

Most owners treat their supercars in an unbefitting manner, mothballing them in air-conditioned garages and bringing them out on sunny days to display like museum pieces. Gumballers, however, put their supercars to good use—Gumballers actually drive them!

These are my top ten favorite supercars that we’ve had on the grid over the years, but it is by no means a definitive list.

1. 2007 Bugatti Veyron

2007 Bugatti Veyron

Price: $1.7 million

Top Speed: 252 MPH

2007 was undoubtedly the year of the Veyron. Six were initially entered, but following the factory’s inability to deliver in time, only three made it onto the starting grid. Watching this $1.7 million supercar tackle dirt-track roads like a “rally car” in pouring rain through Albania was something we never expect to see again.

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is the most recent version of a mid-engined full-sized Grand Tourer, developed by Volkswagen and produced by the VW brand Bugatti at their headquarters in France. It’s named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1939. It was named “Car of the Decade” by the BBC television program Top Gear.

2. 1993 Jaguar XJ220S

1993 Jaguar XJ220S

Price: $650,000

Top Speed: 217 MPH

The Jaguar XJ220 is a mid-engined sports car produced in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and Jaguar Sport between 1992 and 1994. It held the record for the highest top speed of a production car (350 KMH, 217 MPH) until the arrival of the McLaren F1 in 1994.

This “tooled up” XJ220S is one of only six road-going TWR “Specials” and belongs to Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper. The first XJ220s were delivered to Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei at a cost of $650,000.

3. 2003 Koenigsegg CC8

2003 Koenigsegg CC8

Price: $800,000

Top Speed: 242 MPH

In 2003, nothing compared to this Swedish supercar. Entered into the Gumball by a young and incredibly successful entrepreneur, he had three of them shipped to the San Francisco starting line, as he couldn’t decide beforehand which color to use. Finally opting for fighter-plane flat gray, this rocket actually clocked 242 MPH on a Texas freeway, only to be pulled over by the local sheriff to record the highest Texas speeding fine ever! After paying the fine, he got straight back in the saddle and did it all over again.

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT is an American-built mid-engine supercar from Shelby Super Cars, and is officially the fastest production car in the world, with a recorded speed of 256 MPH (411.99 KMH). This speed was achieved during tests on September 13, 2007 in West Richland, Washington and verified by Guinness World Records.

4. 2005 Maserati MC12

2005 Maserati MC12

Price: $1,700,000

Top Speed: 205 MPH

The MC12 was developed to signal Maserati’s return to racing after 37 years, and it sure looked the part on the Gumball!

5. 2003 Ferrari Enzo

2005 Maserati MC12

Price: $800,000

Top Speed: 221 MPH

After being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2003, the same Enzo used in the show was flown from Italy to California to be driven by Demi Moore in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. It’s been on the Gumball entry grid every year since!

6. 2007 SSC Aero TT

Gumball 3000 Rally. 2009 © Dustin Ross

Price: $654,400

Top Speed: 256 MPH

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT is an American-built mid-engine supercar from Shelby Super Cars, and is officially the fastest production car in the world, with a recorded speed of 256 MPH (411.99 KMH). This speed was achieved during tests on September 13, 2007 in West Richland, Washington and verified by Guinness World Records.

7. 2005 MB Roadcars MBR V8 “EOS”

2005 MB Roadcars MBR V8 “EOS”

Price: $600,000

Top Speed: 198 MPH

Unveiled in 2004 as the “Exigence of Speed” concept car, the MBR V8 is a three-seater lightweight supercar with advanced aerodynamics.

8. 2008 Gumpert Apollo GT

2008 Gumpert Apollo GT

Price: $420,000

Top Speed: 223.9 MPH

On July 27, 2008 an Apollo Sport was featured on the UK show Top Gear. The Stig drove it around the test track with a lap time of 1:17.1, making it the fastest on the “Power Lap Board” as of February 2010. It did the Gumball for the first time in 2008.

9. 1985 Ferrari F40

1985 Ferrari F40

Price: $400,000

Top Speed: 189 MPH

Another Gumball regular, between 1987 to 1989 it held the title as the world’s fastest street-legal production car, and during its years of production, was Ferrari’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car.

10. 2002 Farboud GT

2002 Farboud GT

Price: $1,800,000

Top Speed: 200+ MPH

With looks akin to the Batmobile, when it drove down Pall Mall in 2005 the crowd went crazy!