• Mar 31, 2010
Even when McLaren makes mistakes, it makes money. Lewis Hamilton was busted putting a little a lotta extra temperature into the tires of a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG loaned to him during his stay in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix. The car was impounded by the Victorian State Police, Lewis paid a fine to remedy his deed and McLaren paid to get the car out.

Turns out there are so many buyers interested in owning said car that Mercedes dealers are bidding to win the car so they can re-sell it. Tips suggest the dealers will have to pay a healthy slice more than the $AUD 148,900 ($136,198 USD) MSRP, and Mercedes will donate any amount above market value to charity. The eventual retail, however, will add another premium above what the dealer paid, and it's a good guess that the dealer won't be donating that money to charity. For that extra dough, the retail buyer will get a surprise "special item" to help tell the story... and maybe justify a markup likely to be on the far side of absurd. Great tip, Andrew!

[Source: Brisbane Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they can intro it with a parody of a bad song:

      Who lit the tires up?
      Hoon, hoon, hoon, hoon, hoon
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a great story. It takes a stupid law and from it made the vehicle into something that will help charity. Props to MB!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did you read the source article? It states that anything over market value will be going to charity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as it comes with new tires...lol....and the hoon'd ones removed for posterity!
      • 4 Years Ago
      'surprise' item is probably the ticket.