This is the largest convoy of hearses ever seen.
Porsche is becoming synonymous with various records set at racetracks - everything from Nurburgring production records to the 919 Evo conquering tracks all around the world. But last week, at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit in the dead center of Midrand, South Africa, Porsche fans may have spotted a Porsche Panamera involved in a record of a different kind. In a strange and unique turn of events, a funeral car buying and selling platform, funeralcars.co.za, attempted to set a new world record for the largest convoy of hearses in the world.
The previous record was set in the Netherlands in 2012 when 107 hearses formed a continuous line and went on a parade. So to ensure that there was enough space for the attempt to happen, the South African company took over the former Formula 1 circuit with 111 hearses in an attempt to leave the Dutch record for dead.
To bury the previous record, more than 107 hearses would need to cover a distance of more than two miles in convoy, but fortunately, the convoy didn't need to be actively carrying the dead while attempting the record. A total of 111 hearses gathered for the event and set off around the circuit early in the morning, with the procession including a few to-die-for luxury cars turned into hearses.
In addition to more utilitarian options like the converted Kia Sedona, a number of other strange vehicles took part. There was a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan, hearsified and towing a trailer, and even a C-Class stretched out to limousine proportions. The already sinister-looking Chrysler 300 became even more thuggish in hearse form, while a Jaguar XF converted to house a coffin looks surprisingly good, although we personally wouldn't be caught dead in one.
But the hearse that arguably stole the show and had many show-goers dying for a ride was a modified Porsche Panamera. The former luxury sports sedan was butchered, lengthened in limo fashion, and given a set of glass gull-wing doors that opened up to the central cabin in which a coffin could be stored. There weren't any attempts at a hot lap, but it's safe to say the Panamera would've left the others for dead. Maybe we'll soon see a battle between the Porsche and the latest Tesla hearse.
The attempt came off successfully, and while verification is still pending from Guinness, it seems there may be a new world record for one of the strangest automotive convoys we've ever seen.