Not a week goes by without new headlines about Elon Musk (51) or one of his many companies. The South African (along with South African Musk also holds Canadian and American citizenship), gained a lot of attention in the early 2000s when he amassed a fortune of millions by selling his developed online payment system Paypal to eBay.
Soon after, Musk founded the aerospace company SpaceX – today the world’s leading provider of flight services to space, which also counts the American space agency Nasa among its clients. In 2004, Musk invested in Tesla, a company he had founded a year earlier. As CEO, he became the person who defined what is now the largest electric car manufacturer and helped electric mobility achieve its global success, among other things by establishing the Tesla supercharger network.
Elon Musk is holding the world at the moment
for the $44 billion purchase of short messaging service Twitter on going. The richest man in the world – estimated fortune: 209 billion dollars – seems to have neither energy nor motivation for new projects. For Elon Musk, things can’t go fast enough — even on the streets.
First BMW, then Jaguar
But even Elon Musk starts small, as a look at his car profile shows. So it is said that his first car was a BMW 320i from 1978. The purchase price of the 125 hp event: around 1400 dollars. But his dream car was the famous Jaguar E-Type: From the first bonus of $40,000 from the company his web app Zip2, founded in 1995, dealt with a 1967 E-Type. However, he was not entirely satisfied with the purchase of a classic car: “He was like a bad friend – he kept letting me down and causing me a lot of trouble.”
The flying McLaren
When the first million entered his account after the sale of Zip2 in 2000, the sports car enthusiast Musk immediately grabbed a British McLaren F1 sports car, which cost about a million dollars. In a CNN interview, he later said he used the McLaren for his daily commute from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In the first year alone he drove almost 18,000 kilometers in a 627 hp F1.
Until the time they were on their way to the meeting, investor Peter Thiel (55) wanted to know what capacity the car has for the passenger seat. Musk replied, “Look here,” and floored the accelerator. The rear wheels immediately lost traction, and the McLaren spun, crashing into an embankment before taking off and spinning “like a disk,” according to Musk. Completely wasted, he stood up again. “It’s a miracle none of us were injured in the crash,” Peter Thiel, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time, told the New York Times in 2017. As businessmen, Musk and Thiel hitched a ride to the meeting. Musk had built an uninsured F1, raced it until 2007 and then sold it – at a profit.
Audi sucks, Lotus dives
The McLaren wasn’t the only combustion engine sports car Musk bought. Close to one
BMW M5 from the tuner Hamann should also be one since 2012 Porsche 911 belongs to the Car Collection. With the Audi Q7, which he also owned at the same time, Musk was annoyed by the poor access to the third row of seats – where he came up with the idea of a lift. hinged doors came who Tesla later when Model X built.
The Tesla boss should also have two real car rarities. Close to one
Model Ford T – the first car ever built on the assembly line, starting in 1908 – which he received as a gift in 2017, Musk bought at the 2013 auction. original Lotus Esprit S1who gained notoriety for his diving talent in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. In the presentation of the future Cybertruck Musk showed off the Esprit in 2019 and later confirmed that its angular design inspired the Cybertruck’s appearance. While the electric pickup truck is still far from being launched – it was announced at the end of 2021 – Elon Musk caused a stir in December 2019 when he went to the luxury restaurant Nobu in Malibu in the form of a Cybertruck – along with involuntarily. show him cutting the street sign while turning around. Fast, high, road
No one can impress himself like Elon Musk: For the first flight of the new SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in 2017, the standard test weight was not set –
The Tesla Roadster had to be used as a test cargo, which has been orbiting the sun ever since. The Roadster is said to even be Musk’s personal car.
According to his own statements, he prefers to drive the Model S P100D today. The performance variant is an all-electric rocket with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. He uses a Model 3 as a second car, and a larger Model X for family trips – according to various media reports, Musk is said to be the father of nine children. The next headline? It’s only a matter of time.