His name is Femi Otedola, but am certain you know him as “Otedola with the money”. He is an Oyo state man, with some wavvy swagger. His got some really immense garage which we will call the “Money Garage”. Otedola has got some really saucy taste in cars. You could tell from what is strewn across his lawn, that he likes it looking Bold and Beautiful. And men, he loves them Expensive and that why his called “Otedola with the Money”.
Oil and dollars are what people think of when it comes to Otedola
Its now time to take a tour of the super five automobiles of “Otedola with the Money” and I’m g-o-n-n-a be your esteemed tour guide. So, lets get started already.
Welcome to the Money Garage. First up is a world famous ride, designed and built by two famous automobile manufacturers; Mercedes-Benz and the Mclaren Group, it is “The N250 Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren”, with an estimated price of N250 million.
Otedola's Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren is worth N250 million
This is our No 1 money car in the “money garage”. So, let’s take a close look at this ride. The Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren was a joint project between Mclaren Group and world-famous Mercedes-Benz. This machine was in production from 2003 until 2010, when the SLR series (super light racing) was replaced by the SLS AMG series (super light sport).
Signature features: Side exhaust
The most obvious and very conspicuous feature of this ride is the positioning of the exhaust ports. We are very conversant with seeing exhaust ports placed at the rear of most automobiles. But the Mercedes SLR Mclaren, has it exhaust port placed to the side of the vehicle’s body, thus giving rise to the fish gills like features you see on the side of the car. This feature is down to the fact that, the car is designed for stability and good handling. The exhaust are placed at the side out of necessity, since the rear area has been taken up by the rear air brake flap and spoiler.
The Mercedes SLR Mclaren has it exhaust port placed to the side of the vehicle’s body
- A spoiler is a simple feature on the body of the car incorporated to manage the way air flows around the car. In most racing cars, and like this one owned by Otedola, it is designed to increase the speed of the car by influencing the drag experienced by the car, as well as improve the braking the car at this high speed.
- Rear air break flaps: are those features you find behind the car that looks like wings and are mainly for improving the stability and braking performance of the vehicle at high speed. The help increase the downward weight of the car rear when in motion.
- The Air Brake: is a type of brake in cars which makes use of compressed air to brake a car. The compressed air is used to apply pressure to the brake pad using a pneumatic piston.
Rear view of the Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren
Engine power and positioning
The Mercedes SLR Mclaren comes with a V8 engine or an 8 cylinder engine with a V-configuration. Each cylinder is fitted with a 3-valve system as opposed to the 2-valve per cylinder common in most cars. This valving system increases the final power delivered by the engine. The engine is known to weigh about 232kg and gives out a maximum power of about 617 hp.
The engine is mounted about 1m from the front bumper and sits at about 50 cm behind the front axle. It is positioned far inside the compartment such that the front-rear weight distribution is almost 50/50 in relative proportion. This feature gives the car more stability and the long nose look it sports.
The Mercedes SLR Mclaren comes with a V8 engine or an 8 cylinder engine with a V-configuration
The Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren Specs are too impressive to ignore. The ride virtually flies off from rest. Most cars we drive can barely generate enough acceleration to reach a speed of 60 km/h in 45-60 seconds, but the Mercedes SLR Mclaren starting off from rest i.e 0 km/h, attains a speed of about 97 km/h in 3.4 seconds and can reach 161 km/h in 7.5 seconds from (0 km/h). This ride can attain a top speed of about 334 km/h. This is that need for speed hot pursuit ride. The car is manufactured with carbon fibre reinforced plastic which has lower weight ratio to other materials. It has custom carbon fiber front splitter, and a carbon fiber custom rear diffuser with tuning flow vanes. These were produced and clear coated, to stay with the subtle design hints that comes with the vehicle.
The Mercedes SLR Mclaren starting off from rest i.e 0 km/h, attains a speed of about 97 km/h in 3.4 seconds
This ride comes with the sensotronic brake control system which is an elctro-hydraulic braking system. This braking system incorporates both the brake by wire system with the usual hydraulic/pheumatic brakes. The brake by wire involves the use of electrical circuits to control a vehicles brakes.
Wow that’s how much we can take with our No 1 money car in Otedola’s Money Garage. Now lets go to the No 2 ride in the “money garage”.
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