The world is filled with cool cars and the debate about which cars that are cool and which ones that aren’t will probably go on forever. A lot of the famous supercars, such as Bugatti Veyron, Koenigsegg CCR, and Lamborghini Murcielago, are naturally considered cool cars, but a car doesn’t have to be super fast, super fancy or super expensive to be a really cool car. A car can for instance be perceived as cool because of its cool and unique styling, or because it’s strong connections to a certain era. Individual cars can also turn into really cool cars if they are used for exceptional tasks or by exceptional people.
One example of a car that is considered a really cool little car by many car enthusiasts is the charming Mini from the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors. This car was in production from 1959 to 2000 and is considered an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. (The traditional Mini has now been replaced by the New MINI, a car launched by BMW in 2001.) The Mini is not only a cool car; it also became a fashion statement during its heydays. A lot of European celebrities drove specially customized Mini cars, including John Lennon, George Harrison, Britt Ekland, Marianne Faithfull, Enzo Ferrari, and Niki Lauda. Since the Mini is such a cool car it naturally also made its way into a lot of movies and it is perhaps most famous for its role in the cult film “The Italian Job” from 1969. You can also see it in the Peter Sellers movie “A Shot in the Dark” and a psychedelic Mini appears in the Beatles movie “Magical Mystery Tour”. The fact that the traditional Mini is no longer in production has not hindered this cool car from showing up in 21st century movies as well, and it is for instance featured in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” from 2001 and “The Bourne Identity” from 2002.
A car can also be deemed cool because it dares to do something new and unexpected. The Koenigsegg CCXR does not run on traditional fossil fuel; it utilizes a type of bio fuel known as E85. Unlike fossil fuels, E 85 is produced from renewable resources that do not bring up carbon dioxide from deep within the earths crust. Bio fuel has traditionally been used to power small and mid-sized cars intended for the environmentally conscious consumer, but Koenigsegg dared to use it in a rare supercar. This makes the Koenigsegg CCXR a marvellously cool car. It should also be noted that the Koenigsegg CCXR offers even more spectacular performance than the Koenigsegg CCR. E 85 is ethanol based and ethanol cools the combustion chambers, while simultaneously providing a higher octane value. The power of this tremendously cool car is therefore 1018 hp at 7200 rpm and the torque reaches an astonishing 1060 nm at 6100 rpm. Fortunately, it is not very difficult to convert a Koenigsegg CCR into accepting E 85, i.e. converting an already very cool car into a super duper cool car.