Elon Musk And Gordon Murray Nearly Collaborated On A Car Together

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Plus, how the CEO of Rimac feels about combustion and how Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Hennessey are approaching top speed records.

Christian von Koenigsegg, Gordon Murray, Mate Rimac, and John Hennessey walk into a bar... That's not the start of a cringeworthy automotive joke but rather the setting for possibly the greatest automotive video of 2023. That's because Top Gear Magazine UK managed to get four of the world's greatest automotive minds into the same room to discuss all things automotive.

In the nearly hour-long video, the brilliant minds draw numbers correlating to various discussion topics in the automotive realm, leading to one of the most insightful videos on electric cars, combustion, 300-mph top speed records, and Elon Musk. Yes, one of the questions asked was what each of these gentlemen thought of old Elon, with one answer, in particular, being highly interesting. That's because, as Gordon Murray reveals, he once had talks with Elon Musk about potentially working together on a car.

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Naturally, we assume these plans have now fallen through; otherwise, we'd have either seen the byproduct or Murray wouldn't have divulged this little tidbit of information. But imagine what could've been if the two South African-born geniuses had collaborated. Plaid motors augmenting a naturally aspirated V12 in a sub-2,000-pound supercar? Who knows. Unfortunately, we don't get much detail on the potential partnership, but the fact that the discussion was held is exciting enough.

We don't want to spoil the entire video for you, as it's well worth an hour to sit back and enjoy it, but there were a few interesting bits of info buried in there.

For example, the 34-year-old CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, Mate Rimac, spoke of how the Bugatti Chiron successor in the works will not be fully electric but will retain a unique combustion engine.


Speaking of said successor, he confirmed development of the car has been ongoing for three years and that if all goes to plan, it will be revealed another three from now, confirming previous rumors of a 2026 launch.

But perhaps one of the best bits of the video is how all four of these geniuses believe that combustion will not die. The discussion mentions the loopholes in European legislation that will allow combustion to exist so long as the fuel is clean - by using hydrogen or synthetic fuel - but also outlines a place for combustion among enthusiasts. While EVs will become the mainstream option, combustion-powered cars will become focused fun-mobiles for the weekend, opening doors for sports cars to retain combustion as a means of propulsion.

This is good news for us gearheads, and if these are the sorts of people speaking up at various seminars with government officials, then the future may not be all doomy and gloomy after all.

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Aside from all the technical and industry talk, Jack Rix, the video host, asked each of the four guests a pretty interesting two-pronged question. If they had one last tank of fuel (or battery recharge) on earth and could choose one car to go for one last drive, what would they drive, and where would they take it? Surprisingly, none of the men mentioned the cars they produce. Instead, Christian von Koenigsegg said he'd drive his first-gen Mazda Miata, while Gordon Murray waxed lyrical about his classic Lotus Elan. Mate Rimac chose his E30 BMW M3, while Hennessey chose his 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Convertible that his wife gifted him for his 60th birthday.

That's right, the makers of the finest and fastest automobiles in the world would rather spend their final drive in classics than the latest, greatest 300 mph speedsters.

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