Here at Boldride we consider ourselves automotive philosophers. We believe the automobile is an extension of ourselves. If you drive a classic 911R replica it says that you are knowledgeable about Porsche motorsports history, and therefore nerdier than you let on, but also an inherently awesome dude (or gal). If you drive a chrome Lamborghini Aventador you are either a small boy, or you like to draw the attention of small boys. Which is plain creepy. Thankfully there's no outrunning an Amber Alert in a chrome Lamborghini.
So when we heard that some daredevil named Felix Baumgartner (sounds like German for Paul Bunyan) was going to jump out of a
pressurized capsule attached to a helium balloon at an altitude of 23 miles in pursuit of the sound barrier,we thought: oh that's kind of cool, wonder what kind of car he drives?
A trip to the grocery store for Baumgartner probably involves a parachute and some fixed carbon fiber wings. So here's our list of cars that we think Felix Baumgartner drives in secrecy.
5) Reliable All Season Transport
Felix is Austrian, and Austria is mainly comprised of mountains, pristine blue water and the music of Mozart. So he most likely drives a a 1,200 horsepower Nissan GT-R tuned by the boost junkies at Switzer. It's just the right kind of car to launch yourself off the side of a snowy alpine road and call it a base jump.
4) The Q Ship
This sleeper Chevrolet Nova appeared in last season's Big Muscle. For a guy who jumps out of planes all day in high tech suits Felix doesn't need all the flash of a twin turbo Lamborghini, or a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. He can do with a nicely patina'd 1972 Chevrolet Nova...with 1,200 horsepower!
3) A Formula 1 Car
Rumor has it that Baumgartner will be filling in for Sebastien Loeb as the driver for Red Bull Racing Citroen in the 2013 World Rally Championship. But we think he might pass on that, since he already has keys (starter motor?) to the Red Bull Formula One car. It's just a sweeter ride, and it's also been through a New York City Tunnel at speed.
2)Track Day Assault "Weapon"
So what does a guy like a Felix Baumgartner do for fun when he's not free falling from 23 miles high. Track days obviously. Weapon of choice? The Ariel Atom V8.
There probably isn't a car on the planet that can deliver as much acceleration and sensation of speed. After all the mad men at Ariel removed the Atom of any unnecessary body panels, and made a wind deflector an option. There is no roof, and you sit right in front of two Suzuki Hayabusa motors making internal combustion love on one crank to the tune of 500hp. The good people at Ariel then bolted that sexy bit of engineering to the ladder on wheels chassis and called it a day.
You couldn't pay me to drive one, especially after Popular Mechanics labeled it one of their choices to battle gravity in a race to terminal velocity. Baumgartner definitely has one of these, it's nuts.
Felix Baumgartner is a family man who loves his mommy. And when Felix needs to run to the store to get his mom some fresh pork or veal for some schnitzel he doesn't fuck around. He fires up the Thrust SSC, holder of the land speed record at 1,227.986 km per hour (763 mph) . Just two miles per hour over the speed of sound. How else are you supposed to get to Whole Foods?