The McLaren F1 is most famous for holding the production-car top-speed record for over a decade, but it also made a name for itself by being one of the only production cars with a central driving position, a feature that's extremely rare. But in the world of custom cars, anything can happen. We're not sure if Dubai-based shop King of Customs was inspired by McLaren or is poking fun at backseat drivers (perhaps the builder or the commissioner just has quite the imagination), but its custom fifth-generation Nissan Patrol (the foundation of the Infiniti QX80 in the US) sports utility vehicle takes the term "central-driving position" to the next level. In the Patrol's case, "central" means that the driver's seat and controls are located in the second-row seating area.

It's a pretty clean conversion – if pointless – and we have to wonder how safe it is to drive such a vehicle. The front seats are now passenger seats, and the front airbags have been taken out and replaced with screens, according to King of Customs' Facebook page. So if the driver's view outside is impaired and the SUV is involved in a crash, you'd better hope nobody is up front. The screens on the backs of the front-seat headrests at least provide views from the side-view mirrors via cameras, the shop claims.

Watch the video below, marvel at the extreme impracticality of it all and see the thing drive.


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      joeboarder108
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the stuff of nightmares. I mean, seriously, doesn't anybody else dream about having to drive from the back seat?
        mmmoose
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joeboarder108
        I've actually had the same dream! Where I was stuck alone sitting in the back seat with the car barreling through traffic at fast speeds... barely being able to reach the steering wheel and not having any access to the pedals. And for some strange reason I never think to put the car into neutral or use the handbrake in this recurring dream.
        Marcob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joeboarder108
        Get out of my head!!!! Same as mmoose's dream exactly.
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joeboarder108
        I have this dream too! But I usually can somehow access the pedals, because my dreams never make any sense. Also, usually within 30 seconds of this dream, either the car vanishes and I'm running in the middle of a highway, or I enter some insane on-ramp that feels like a roller coaster.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joeboarder108
        Wait...... are you guys prius owners? lol
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      More wrecks less fatalities? lol
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's be honest, this is an impressively detailed undertaking. It would be interesting to drive that car, but not in traffic where you'd have to know where your front corners are. I suppose if you're used to driving a boat, however, in crowded marinas, it wouldn't be too difficult.
      Simon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually I could see this being useful in a guided tour setting. the driver sits in the back and the two tourists up front get an unobstructed view of whatever.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        Raz, thanks for the lulz. Seriously. Hilarious.
        jesustheanalinvader
        • 1 Year Ago
        Tell me more about your life as a retard.
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jesustheanalinvader
          No, he meant you're a retard because you're bringing up a discussion on pipelines in an area where it clearly does not belong. If you want to discuss pipelines/politics there are plenty of other venues where you can share your views.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jesustheanalinvader
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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only Arabs would do this
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would you like to sit in the front while that guy drives you from the back?
      81951a726ddcf29f69a49128f4c3a267@openid.user
      even the camera man doesnt think this is safe enough to ride in LOL
      Omologato
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember a similar mod on the E38 BMW used in Tomorrow Never Dies back in the 90s.
      Brian Rautio
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...but why?
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because oil money.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be like driving a boat for me, which is not something I'd want while in heavy traffic, or trying to maneuver around in a parking lot. Pulling into a typical parking space between two cars would be would be a real beast with this setup. It makes sense if you're a cop hauling someone off to jail though, as they can always keep an eye the guys they're taking to jail.
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