Downey knows this is going to upset a lot of people.
Robert Downey Jr. is converting his precious classics into EVs, and he's doing it for all the world to see on a new TV show.
The man in the thumbnail needs no introduction. According to his Twitter profile, you know who he is, but you may not know that he's a bona fide gearhead. He owns a restomodded 1974 BMW 3.0 CS, for example. And as you can see in the trailer below, he owns much more than that. He also appears to own a Rimac Nevera or is on the verge of buying one. After the records it set earlier this month, we'd happily pay $2.4 million for the privilege, but you need to be Tony Stark or RDJ rich.
It seems the entire Marvel universe is into cars because this is the second member of the Avengers to launch an automotive-adjacent show. Jeremy Renner's Rennervations was tremendous fun to watch, and whatever RDJ does is bound to be entertaining, so without further adieu, we give you the trailer for his brand-new TV show, Downey's Dream Cars.
According to the trailer, RDJ has a special place in his heart for cars from the '60s and '70s. It starts off well, with RDJ stating that he's a red-blooded American boy who wanted a taste of old-school motoring nirvana. And 40 years after realizing his passion for cars, he made a large enough fortune to amass an extensive collection of vehicles.
But here's the catch, and it's going to upset a lot of people. RDJ looked at his collection and decided to modify it to have less of an impact on the environment.
So that's why he's going to electrify his first-generation Corvette, which many of you will see as sacrilegious. Even the build team in the trailer isn't quite sure about the project, but we'll let it slide because it's RDJ. He's also going to convert one of the cars to run on biodiesel. And his Buick Riviera GS will be transformed into a hybrid.
Yeah, some eyebrows will certainly be raised, and RDJ knows it.
"We are what we drive, and having amassed a formidable collection of classic cars over the years, I was a petrol-spewing mess," RDJ stated in a press release. "And a hypocrite, as I'd founded the Footprint Coalition in 2019 to scale technologies that mitigate climate change. Fortunately, I'm a bit of a dreamer. The last three years have been an experiment in hope, as I engaged the best and brightest minds to evaluate, educate, elevate, and decarbonize these vehicles in a way that demonstrates the limitless potential of creative problem-solving."
So why is RDJ doing this? He certainly doesn't need the money or the attention, but we think it's for the same reason Jeremy Renner's show exists. Instead of just standing on a soapbox proclaiming screaming, "combustion is bad," RDJ is putting his money where his mouth is. And whether you agree with him or not, can you say the same?
The series premiers on HBO Max on 22 June.
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