This hidden BMW M5 Touring has a McLaren F1 engine
This once-secret test car has been hidden away for decades, and the best part? It has the 618-horsepower V12 from a McLaren F1!
Do you know what I always thought was kinda stupid?
This whole trend of dressing up any fancy new pre-production car in camouflage to protect it from stinky-lensed photographers. Manufacturers have to do this because to make sure that the latest Golf GTI will function in the real world, they have to take it to, well, the real world!
But it wasn't always like this; back in the 1980s and 90s, the world's top car manufacturers had other ways of testing their latest batch of sports-cars.
For example, instead of using some cardboard to cover up a prototype of the new XJ220, Jaguar just decided to stick that engine into a van! And who cares?!? It still works.
But, when it came time to test the McLaren F1's fabled V12 on the road, BMW had another idea.
See, just putting a big, 618-horsepower V12 into a Ford Transit just seemed juvenile. So what did they do?
They grabbed their M5 Touring family-hauler and threw the engine into that!
Unfortunately, this car never made it to production, and I can't figure out why not. And while very little is known about this car's whereabouts. To the best of our knowledge, it's still stashed away in BMW's vault of secret test-cars.
But if you were on a mission to find the greatest super-wagon ever made, you can stop right here, because ain't nobody topping that.