Jay Leno's 5 weirdest, craziest and most expensive cars - Dexerto
Cars

Jay Leno’s 5 weirdest, craziest and most expensive cars

Published: 10/Sep/2020 12:09

by Kieran Bicknell

Share


Often referred to as “the hardest working man in showbiz” presenter and certified gearhead Jay Leno has one of the most diverse car collections on the planet. TheRichest takes a look at the highlights of his whacky collection.

Ranging from ultra-expensive super and hyper-cars to “hysterical” and unusual concepts and prototypes; Jay Leno’s Garage plays host to one of the most varied car collections ever seen.

Regularly bringing his cars out for viewers to enjoy on his YouTube channel, there are a number of stand-out highlights from the collection, as shown by YouTubers TheRichest in their September 8 video.

Jay Leno with McLaren F1
YouTube: Jay Leno's Garage
The McLaren F1 is the most expensive car in Leno’s collection.

The most expensive – McLaren F1

Still holding the crown for the fastest naturally-aspirated production car ever made, the McLaren F1 is an ultra-limited hypercar from the 1990s.

Given that only 106 McLaren F1s were built, it is a rare beast indeed. Jay was able to get the first example imported into the USA which was valued at around $12m at the time. Since then values have only gone up, making this the most expensive car in Jay Leno’s collection.

Jay Leno with Koenigsegg CCXR
YouTube: TheRichest
Capable of 254mph, the CCXR is the fastest out of Jay’s incredible collection.

The fastest – Koenigsegg Trevita CCXR

While the McLaren F1 is able to break the 200mph barrier, the incredible Trevita CCXR would leave the McLaren in its wake.

Worth $4.8m and capable of a whopping 254mph top speed making it the fastest car that Jay owns, the CCXR is the brainchild of hypercar genius Christian Von Koenigsegg.

One of only 3 made, the CCXR is also one of the rarest cars in Leno’s collection, and was actually hand-delivered by CVK himself!

Jay Leno with Blastolene Special
Youtube: TheRichest
The Blastolene Special uses a turbocharged Patton tank engine, pushed to over 1600hp.

The Weirdest – Blastolene Special

Created by engineer Randy Grubb, the Blastolene Special utilizes the engine from a Patton tank, mated to a custom-build chassis and bodyshell.

With its outrageous proportions, totally over-the-top powerplant, and retro styling, The ‘special’ wouldn’t look out of place in a sci-fi ‘steampunk’ style movie.

Rather than simply park it and stare at it, Leno actually drives the ‘special’ around LA to local hot rod meets, having made a few minor tweaks to improve the driving experience.

Not only has he improved the driving characteristics, but Leno also boosted the power to 1600hp thanks to turbocharging the engine.

Jay Leno with 1906 Stanley Steamer
YouTube: Jay Leno's Garage
The oldest car in his collection, the 1906 Stanley Steamer hails from before gasoline was the go-to fuel for automobiles.

The Oldest – Stanley Steamer

Built for the ill-fated Vanderbilt Cup race during the turn of the century, the Stanley Steamer hails from 1906.

During the early 1900s, engineers experimented with using steam power for automobiles, and this along with an identical twin car were ordered from Stanley for racing purposes.

Sadly the race never went ahead, and the Steamer has since found its way into Leno’s collection. To ensure the car is safe and road-legal, Leno has performed a number of upgrades such as installing Jaguar drum brakes and battery-powered lights, meaning he can drive the Stanley at night.

Jay Leno with Tesla Model S
YouTube: Jay Leno's Garage
Jay says that cars such as the Tesla Model S make gasoline-powered cars “obsolete.”

The Greenest – Tesla Model S

Perhaps the most surprising addition to Leno’s fleet is the Telsa Model S. Powered by electricity, many would expect Leno to be anti-Tesla as they are often seen by petrolheads as ‘boring’.

Leno is in fact a big fan of his Tesla, saying that it makes “gas-powered cars obsolete” with its range, instant torque, and staggering performance.


With such a whacky, weird, and crazy collection, be sure to check out the full video from TheRichest below to explore more of Jay Leno’s personal collection, as well as a few guest car highlights from his show.

While Jay often says he has no favorites, he has said the McLaren F1 is “just about perfect” so we suspect that if he had to choose, that would be ‘the’ car for him.

Cars

SSC accused of faking 331mph speed record revealed on Top Gear

Published: 27/Oct/2020 11:53

by Kieran Bicknell

Share


With the automotive world rocked by the SSC Tuatara’s record-breaking run during October 2020, YouTuber Shmee 150 has raised a number of doubts about the credibility of their record.

Land speed records are nothing new – ever since the dawn of the motor car, drivers have been competing to go faster and faster in an all-out race to beat each other’s top speeds.

With competitors Bugatti having set the previous production car speed record of 304.77mph in a Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, SSC has now obliterated their record… or have they?

SSC tuatara speed run
SSC
The SSC Tuatara is the record holder for the world’s fastest production car, but many have pointed out there are issues with the footage.

Top Gear announces SSC Tuatara speed record

When BBC’s Top Gear announced the breaking news that the SSC Tuatara had broken the production car speed records, the automotive world went into pandemonium. To break any speed record is an incredible achievement, but to do so by such a massive margin is almost unheard of.

The record attempt itself was also unusual in that it was carried out on a stretch of public road. A closed-off section of dead-straight road near Las Vegas provided the setting, totaling seven miles long.

Unfortunately for SSC and potentially for Top Gear, a number of popular online personalities and journalists have now called out SSC, claiming that the record is “fake.”

SSC World Record run controversy

YouTuber Shmee150 has been one such journalist, and put out a very convincing video debunking the record attempt on October 26.

The first major issue that he identified is that the tires on the Tuatara were allegedly ‘stock’ tires. Since they were not made specifically for the record attempt (to the best of his knowledge) they would’ve been rated for a significantly lower speed than 300+ mph.

Shmee then goes further to discuss the timings between set points on the route. By calculating the distance covered and the time it took for the Tuatara to cover that distance, he was able to work out a rough average speed.

SSC Footage slowed down?

Unfortunately, the speed between the first and second point that he highlighted is significantly different to that shown by the on-board footage that Top Gear released. According to his calculations, either the onboard footage was slowed down “by around 30%” for some reason, or the figures shown are totally wrong.

He also points out that the dashboard was obscured in the first-person view footage, despite the fact the reading should’ve mirrored that of the telemetry. As Shmee points out, the car is always going faster than the calculated average speed, which is a “mathematical impossibility.. you can’t dispute [it].”

By Shmee’s calculations, the Tuatara only reached a peak speed of “around 280 miles an hour”. Given that the original video was a Top Gear exclusive, it will be interesting to see how this situation develops.