The X-Games competitor loves supercars as much as snowy mountains.
If you’ve not heard of Jon Olsson before, he’s a former pro-skier who was one of the best freestyle skiers in the world with a bag of X-Games medals to prove it. Despite not competing anymore, he still has a huge effect on the winter sports scene, owns a company called "Douchebags” that designs and sells equipment to carry action-sports gear around, and has an immense social media following that keeps him relevant. Oh, and he’s a huge car enthusiast with the money to do whatever he pleases with whatever cars he buys.
By car enthusiast, we don't just mean rich a guy that likes four-wheeled toys. One of his first cars was a 1971 Camaro with a race engine and NOS that made 700 horsepower. He’s also owned a Subaru WRX STI that he modified extensively, an E30 race car for track days, then he truly earned his enthusiast card with a BMW M3 CSl that he also tracked. He moved on with the money into a Porsche 966 Turbo that he quickly traded for a Gallardo. Then things started getting out of hand.
Whatever he does tends to end up with a full wrap, a ski box on the roof made by his company, and then driven in the snow. His list of cars is long, but these are the craziest of Jon Olsson’s modified monsters.
Olsson’s first "ski box supercar” was a Gallardo he bought while waiting for an Aventador to be delivered. Which must be nice. Olsson didn't have much patience, so he bought a Lamborghini Gallardo LP540 and worked with the German tuner DMC to get it where he wanted. And that was a reconfigured front end with a GT3 lip, new LED lights, a new bumper, rear deck lid, rear diffuser, and an SV wing. Plus, of course, a ski box.
Olsson may be rich and like his playthings, but he’s not messing around. He used the hell out of his Gallardo and put 40,000 km on the odometer over a single winter.
For this awe-inspiring project, Olsson had former chief engineer at Koenigsegg, Leif Tufvesson, boost his DTM homage to a ridiculous 1,000 horsepower. The list of modifications is madness, including "100 meters of special 4X4 carbon fiber from the same factory that delivers the carbon to Pagani,” and "an STM Stage 3+ kit including super custom 18 karat gold anodized TTE9XX turbochargers from The Turbo Engineers that should be good for 950 hp on pump gas, so with a little race gas we could push the 1000 mark.”
Even the custom ski box on top is made from carbon-fiber. Or rather, it was. The car was stolen at gunpoint from its next owner and, ultimately, ended up burned to a crisp.
Built by Caresto for the Gumball rally, Olsson’s R2K is a brutal and in your face all-wheel drive, Lamborghini powered, LMP2 style, 600 horsepower monster. It’s based on the Ultima GTR, weighs less than 1000 kg and a curious choice for the road rather than the track. He put 29,000 km on the R2K but it now lives with a car collector in Hong Kong. Before he sold the R2K though, Olsson actually did the Gumball rally with it.
He did it with his first Gallardo, an LP640, and an LP670-4 SuperVeloce with straight pipes, then he went all out and supercharged a 5.2-liter V10 2016 Lamborghini Huracán, put it on K&W suspension and gave it a winter-themed camouflage body wrap.
Because Olsson actually uses his cars to get around, he swapped the carbon-ceramic brakes that need to warm up to work properly for steel discs and explained, "when you drive cars like this all winter long and you have a lot of gravel on the road and cold temperature steel discs are just a way better option.” When he came to sell it, he said it had cost $374,500 to build and covered 2,361 miles, but he needed a four-seater.
According to Olsson’s website, the original plan for his R8 was "a nice little spoiler on it and do a nice little ‘quick’ pimp." However, once PPI Automotive got its hands on the car, it gained a full carbon fiber body kit that weighs only 600 grams and, of course, a ski box. It also got an engine modification and a Stasis supercharger that took it all the way to 800 horsepower and, like many of his cars, he took it on the Gumball rally.
Olsson’s two-tone camo wrapped RS6 follows on from where he left off with the Audi RS6 Avant. The split camo is wrapped around bodywork that includes ABT’s carbon fiber front lip, front skirt, rear skirts, side skirts, rear spoiler, wheel arches, and mirror covers. The prototype wheels where specifically designed for Olsson’s car, which is a singular version of 50 modified RS6 Avant Performance cars ABT has tuned to 705 horsepower.
One of the oddest choices for a lunatic vehicle is Olsson's twin-turbo V12 Wraith tuned by Absolute Motors to a tire-smoking 810 horsepower and 840 lb-ft of torque. It rides on 24-inch Forgiato matte black wheels fitted with Pirelli PZero Nero, has a bunch of LED lights, a QuickSilver Sports exhaust, and a carbon-fiber magnetic roof rack to hold his Jetsurf board. The rally-style Roller was last seen up for sale for $319,488.
Anytime you start to think Olsson couldn’t get any nuttier with his cars, that's an indicator he’s probably about to get nuttier with his cars. In this case, he bought a Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared and had it's horsepower doubled to 800 horsepower by Dutch tuner Absolute Motors before realizing it’s too big to fit in the parking garages of Monaco. So, being a practical man, Olsson cut the roof off and created the world’s first convertible Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared. Why did he name the G500 "Lord Hans? It's named after his brother "who loves exploring the wilderness.”