BMW designs car for 4yr old kid

A great use of Social Media here

Last week, a Jalopnik reader posed a challenge to the automobile-enthusiast site, as he wanted someone to design a custom car per his four-year old nephew Eli’s instructions.


His uncle wrote:

Last night my 4-year-old … nephew Eli and I had a serious conversation about the car he wants to build. I know there are a lot of talented artists out there in the Jalopnik [community], and I would like to ask them all if they would consider drawing up their “Artist’s Concept []” of the car according to the carefully considered specifications he came up with.  

I would just love to give him a tangible expression of what his awesome imagination came up with. If anyone is particularly ambitious, I have access to a 3D printer so if someone puts together a solid … I could even print it for him (and a copy for whoever puts it together).

So here are the specs he came up with, with surprisingly little input from myself:

  •  It’s a BMW
  •  42 wheels, and of course 42-wheel drive
  •  It is powered by 19 Porsche engines, each producing 459 horsepower. I think they will need to be water-cooled turbocharged boxer 6s. This was entirely his own idea, but I commended his choice of using boxer engines for a multi-engine setup since they will stack so well.
  •  The engines are all linked to a single transmission. He didn’t specify, but I think viscous couplings for the inputs would probably be a good idea.
  •  Power output is subdivided to all those wheels via a series of limited-slip differentials
  •  There are seats and three steering wheels, and all three can drive the car at the same time.
  •  The trunk is full of toys and you can play in it

The model name that I came up with is “4219ELi” – 42 wheels, 19 engines, an Extra Long wheelbase, and fuel injection.

Out of the blue, BMW Responded:



Looks great, although it may be a bit tricky to turn around.

Eli’s going to grow up just a fine young man.  Obviously no concerns about global warming and peak oil in his family.


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  • Orange

    Hope this car turns up in the latest version of Thunderbirds

  • cows4me

    Eli’s forgotten all the weapon systems but then again he’ll probably want to take it to school and anything that even looks like going bang will result with a trip to the shrink.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Sort of like the Roller that Parker drove in ‘Thunderbirds’

  • Mr_V4

    42 wheels is going to need some serious energy to run. Might need to borrow the Mr Fusion Home Energy Reactor off Faafoi’s DeLorean.

  • RockyFist

    If I was BMW I would have been a bit pissed off that he wanted Porsche engines and not say the S65.