Tuesday Matinee: One Man Achieves the Hybrid Hypercar Trifecta
If you were to guess what sort of person would be one of the first (maybe the first) on the planet to own one of each of today’s gas-electric hypercars (the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder), you’d probably be willing to wager a few bucks that it’s some Middle Eastern sheikh whose garage is already home to such outrageousness as a gold-leaf-clad Boeing 747 and a Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 limo with a TRD NASCAR Sprint Cup V8 under the hood, or maybe a reclusive, vaguely-Bond-villain-ish Russian oligarch. Well, if that’s the case, you’d be on the losing end, because the hybrid hypercar collector in this video is a bald, middle-aged and seemingly down-to-earth Englishman named Paul Bailey.
You see, Paul and his wife Selena recently sold their teleconferencing software company for the rough equivalent of $42 million. But instead of parlaying that windfall into, say, buying their own tropical island or starting a nonprofit to arm African elephants with poacher-seeking missiles, they (yes, Selena apparently loves her some eco-conscious road rocket action, too) decided to pull the trigger on the fastest and priciest machines McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche have (or rather had, since all three are sold out) to offer. Go ahead, admit it: You’d probably do the very same.