Autocar had a couple of cars and some $20 bills at their disposal. So they decided to find out if Carroll Shelby was a liar or not.
A long, long time ago, someone by the name of Carroll Shelby, said that the Cobra 427 built by his firm is so quick on launch from a standstill that it’s impossible to grab a $100 bill taped to the car’s dash. Well, Autocar decided to see if there is some truth in that claim.
So the car magazine got together a bunch of cars and a took them all to a track for a couple of hours of fun. And they did manage to bring in a remarkable range of machines for the party game.
A Renault Zoe, a Ford Fiesta ST, Bentley Bentayga Diesel, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Aston Martin DB11 arrived at the Silverstone race track with Autocar’s Matt Prior and Dan Prosser jumping in to play the game.
Matt had the less interesting part of play as he was the one who had to grab the bill from the dash, while Dan got away with all the fun as he got to drive these cars.
The rules of the game were simple and closely adhered to Carroll Shelby’s iconic statement. If you can take the money off the dash under full acceleration, you get to keep the cash. Which means that if the car is brutally quick, then it’s going to be one strenuous job to lean forward and grab the cash. Dan split it up into $20 bills and spread the exercise across five cars.
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Is it just me or has Bentley Bentayga started looking good all of a sudden? It certainly looks magnificent in the Autocar video.
While the Renault Zoe, Ford Fiesta ST and the Bentley Bentayga runs turned out to be uneventful and devoid of any new insights, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio sprint threw up a fact. The Alfa is a faster and quicker than the 427 Cobra. So if the passenger took the cash off the dash in this car, then that makes Carroll Shelby a terrible liar. And perhaps that’s the verdict as Matt was able to grab the bill here. However, the hosts did accept that on a hotter day with super-sticky tires, the Giulia Quadrifoglio would have made it a lot more difficult to win the game.
Then came the Aston Martin DB11 and this one looked all set to beat the players in the game. That’s exactly what it did. The 600 hp British sports car, roared and growled as it launched off the mark, leaving Matt struggling to reach out for the dollar bill. Eventually, the speedometer needle went past the 60 mph barrier and the $20 bill was still there on the dash. We’ve a winner.