• May 30, 2008
Lewis Hamilton caught a plane headed west after dominating in Monaco, and when you're a rising F1 star in Los Angeles, you're certainly not going to hit up Avis to rent a Ford Focus – you want your vents to be functional. So Claus Ettensberger, owner of the So. Cal. tuning shop CEC, was kind enough to provide Hamilton with a fully-kitted Techart Porsche 997 911 during his stay in L.A. Granted, anything is kind of a demotion from his McLaren Formula One car, but we could think of worse ways for Hamilton to get around while mixing it up with L.A's elite.

Thanks for the tip Steve.

[Source: Autofiends]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "You want your vents to be functional"

      Haha, well done.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only thing that wouldn't be a step down from his McLaren whip would be a Ferrari F1 car.

      Zing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice ride, but he really wanted to cruise around in something with a large, functional back seat :O
      • 6 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHA @ the Ferrari F1 comment... so true.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm very surprised Mercedes didn't put the kibosh on this. I think they were even reluctant to have him appear on Top Gear driving something other than a Merc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oops no Mercedes car for him?
        • 6 Years Ago
        we were thinking the same.. no Black Series AMG??? We think it great and other could eat this news up!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think he also gets a CL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those are Cayman/Boxster headlights. Did Autoblog make a mistake or are the different headlights part of the TechArt kit?
        • 6 Years Ago
        it definitely looks to be a cayman, probably the techart GT street
        • 6 Years Ago
        It seems to be the Widebody kit. The wheels are different from GTsport ones.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pulled from the site. I presume it has something to do with Lewis's relationship with McLaren and McLaren's relationship with Mercedes...

      If I had a $140M deal I wouldn't mind being told what to do once in a while...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a Cayman not a 997. Geez, and you call yourself auto bloggers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How long do you think the rear tires will last?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hasn't CEC got some Novitec tuned F430's? I would pay to see Hamilton in a Ferrari (and love every moment of the drive)
      • 6 Years Ago
      In real life he drives a G-Class on 22s. No style.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol i remember that top gear episode. he came off looking really amateurish with that comment. jezza looked appalled!

        i guess when youre young and one of the nouveau riche, you can get away w/ tackiness. really though, whats it to anyone else if he prefers perpetuating stereotypes? long live spinners.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hell... all the soccer moms around here (So. Cal) have Land Rovers on 26" chrome.
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