Sometimes, inspiration comes from the weirdest places. Let me give you, for example, the hitherto-hidden back story behind our latest video, in which we compare a BMW i8 to a 1954 Messerschmitt three-wheeler to see which turns more heads.
About 18 months ago, I met a lovely young woman who, besides apparently being an up-and-coming talent in her field and total bad-ass, was very much into modern sports cars and supercars.
Lucky for her, this was roughly around the same time last year that I was offered the chance to drive a McLaren 650S for a day. Guess who got to ride shotgun?
We spent that day pushing our kilometre-cap to the limit, mostly via a long drive to the city limits where we entered a car show. The idea was to meet a friend with a Citroen 2CV there (actually my former editor’s former car) and see between the two which got more attention.
I’d met more than a handful of microcar enthusiasts and owners over the past years, and almost all of them liked to boast about how their quirky, cheap cars turned more heads than a Ferrarborghini Fastarossa or whatever. So I decided to put that claim to the test.
It didn’t really work. We were in a far-off corner of a way-too-big show, and our lovely McLaren supplier surprised us with a car with a can’t-miss-it racing-style wrap. (The 2CV, on the other hand, was grey and blue, making it a totally unfair fight.)
I wrote my story, but decided I’d have to revisit the concept another time.
This friend of mine loves – loves – Mercedes-Benzes, particularly the G-Wagen and AMG GT. So I’ll admit it, I was kind of thinking of excuses to get my hands on an AMG. That’s when it struck me: microcar-vs-supercar, round two!
The final piece of the puzzle? A former co-worker was re-entering the freelance video scene and was itching to try something with us, so now I could pull this off on film. And, hey, why not make it a three-part series, with three different super- and microcars facing off at separate events?
We couldn’t get a lock on an AMG GT, but this i8 was just as much a blast. My friend missed out on that ride, but did get to enjoy the car in the second vid in our series, a brand-new 580-hp V10 [REDACTED].
And now I’ve a wicked new video series to share with y’all centred on a still-unanswered question: between a supercar and a microcar, which would turn more heads?
Check out the video and let me know below.