What's motivating him is this: He's 36 years old and is intent on becoming only the second driver, after Briton Graham Hill, to win motorsport's Triple Crown. That entails winning the Formula One title (or just the Monaco Grand Prix according to one interpretation) as well as Indianapolis and Le Mans.
Inside, the Vegas is 6 feet, 10 inches high with sleeping for four adults and two kids. Among the six floorplans available for the mighty Thor Vegas, mine had a single rear slide-out, which created a bedroom at the very aft end for a queen-size bed. The center couch slides out to sleep two more people, provided they can stand each other, and a bed above the driver and front passenger seats lowers down to sleep two kids. You could ride out the apocalypse in one of these.
However, after years of passing between owners, restoration and spending time on both the circuit and carpet, 1451 GT is once again for sale. Will it be bought for historical racing, road use, or as an investment? Who knows, but what we do know is it is one incredibly good-looking car.
With plenty of low-down grunt, it’s all too easy to overwhelm the rear wheels, especially if you have the traction control switched off. At first, this can feel a little disconcerting, but with time you learn to trust the big Jag – its long wheelbase ensuring that slides happen slowly and controllably. Before you know it, you’ll be playing with the throttle through long corners, the rear happily carving an angle wider than the front. It’s addictive, childish, raw fun.
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I would be getting a Thor Vegas, technically a Class A but with “many of the advantages of the smaller Class C.” It's shaped like an A on the outside but rides on a Ford E450 van chassis with a 6.8-liter Ford Triton V10 making 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It's 26 feet, 6 inches long, 11 feet, 3 inches high (not counting the air conditioner and TV antenna) and 7 feet, 10 inches wide, not counting the mirrors.
But it don’t come cheap. The window sticker on my ride was $110,250. Yikes! But you could easily pay five times that for a really big Class A home. I later attended the California RV Show -- celebrating its 65th year with thousands of RVs -- at the fabulous Fairplex in Pomona. There I saw a show special Thor Vegas for just 79 grand. So go to a show and get a deal. Or buy a 10-year-old rig for a fraction of the price. The industry is huge for new RVs but even huger for used. Shop around. But if you do decide to go new, you will not be disappointed with a Thor Vegas, baby.
It uses a retuned version of the F-Type SVR’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine, which produces a whopping 567bhp and 516lb ft – around 25bhp more than the outgoing XJR. A 0-62mph time of 4.4sec and a top speed of 186mph are some way off the class best (the BMW 760Li xDrive reaches 62mph nearly a whole second faster), but the XJR 575 makes do without the help of launch control or four-wheel drive.