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ProducerMichael absolutely slams the McLaren 720s during test drive

Published: 25/Aug/2020 12:41 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:48

by Kieran Bicknell

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It’s not often that many people would be handed the keys to a McLaren 720s and proceed to complain about it the whole time, but that’s exactly what YouTuber ProducerMichael has done in his August 25 video.

Being given the keys to a McLaren 720s as a courtesy car is a dream situation for most drivers. For Michael though, it’s a nightmare; Being a Ferrari man through-and-through, he certainly didn’t hold back on his thoughts about the 720s.

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Immediately it’s obvious that he loves the look of the 720s, being smitten with it before even sitting in the driver’s seat. This example also has a set of custom CEC wheels on it that are worlds apart from the look of the standard McLaren wheels.

McLaren 720s Parked on the side of the road
YouTube: ProducerMichael
The unusual headlights and scissor doors on the McLaren 720s give it an almost spaceship-like appearance

“You shouldn’t need a degree!”

Taking the car through Los Angeles and up into the Malibu canyons, Michael is quick to comment on how ‘fun’ and ‘fast’ the car is, but unfortunately, that’s about the extent of his praise for the 720s.

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Falling at the first hurdle, Michael was unable to even move his seat or steering wheel into the correct position, find the nav, or turn on the radio. Talking to his cameraman Adam, he sums it up well saying “You shouldn’t need a degree in computer engineering to turn the radio on!”

Driving the car wasn’t a particularly enjoyable experience either it seems. Beyond the car being “fun” there’s little that attracts Michael. He complains that the paddle shifters move with the steering wheel, saying its the “silliest thing [he’s] ever seen in his life” while the ride is apparently back-breaking.

This is no ordinary McLaren 720s…

It is important to note that this isn’t a totally stock 720s. Along with the new wheels, it has also had suspension modifications (which may be the cause of the poor ride) while the exhaust has also been swapped out for a Quicksilver offering.

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Michael did actually praise the modification to the exhaust system by saying how fantastic it sounded. Unfortunately, this was quickly followed by slating McLaren’s stock system, saying most of their cars “usually sound like lawnmowers!”

At the end of the drive, Michael simply sums it up by saying “I would never want to own one” – McLaren was on the back foot from the start of this review, and it seems his love for everything Ferrari was just too strong to let him enjoy the McLaren.

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Supercar Blondie mindblown by “insane” amphibious truck

Published: 9/Oct/2020 11:33

by Kieran Bicknell

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As one of YouTube’s leading car content creators, Supercar Blondie gets to experience some of the craziest vehicles on the planet. Sometimes, a vehicle is just too much for her, though; as was the case with this incredible Russian Amphibious 8×8 truck.

With everything going on in the world at the moment, doomsday preppers are in full-on panic mode. Thankfully, YouTuber Supercar Blondie has found them the perfect go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle.

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Dubbed the Avtoros ‘Shaman’ this gigantic truck is completely amphibious, so you can drive it on land or in water, and is custom-built by a team of Russian engineers. All eight wheels are driven, and can be controlled via the incredibly complex instrument panel in the cabin.

The Shaman has the capacity to carry up to eight people, and features a central driving position akin to that of the McLaren F1. Performance doesn’t quite match the aforementioned supercar though, being powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine.

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Shaman 8x8 truck Supercar Blondie
YouTube: Supercar Blondie
The Shaman is fully amphibious, and can float thanks to its oversized tires.

Supercar Blondie drives the Avtoros Shaman 8×8

Blondie is quick to use her trademark “that’s crazy” statement, but in this case, it was definitely worthy of the phrase. The Shaman is unlike anything ever seen before on her channel, and she is clearly smitten with it.

Despite its exaggerated appearance making it look like it came straight from a Fast & Furious movie, she said the Shaman was “very normal” to drive.

One of the unique abilities of the Shaman is its ability to ‘crab’ steer, and traverse surfaces sideways. SB tried out this feature first with her whole team in the truck, and it seemed to go down a storm. With plenty of laughter, the team all agreed that it was truly “crazy.”

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Despite prices starting at $200,000 for a basic Shaman, given its incredible abilities, its “money well spent” according to Blondie. The team clearly enjoyed their time in the truck, with Supercar Kate (Blondie’s sister) asking “shall we combine all our salaries and get one?”

On the water, the Shaman floats thanks to its giant tires acting as a buoyancy aid. They can then propel the truck by ‘driving’ in the water. Alternatively, it can be fitted with an outboard propeller unit, as demonstrated in the video.

Blondie clearly enjoyed her time behind the wheel of this behemoth. However, with only a handful in existence, it’s unlikely we’ll see a Shaman 8×8 join the channel any time soon.

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