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.