Celebrity Cars: Will.i.am (Mclaren MP4-12C)

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Net Worth: $75 Million
Famous For: Musician
Car MSRP: $125,000
Top Speed: 205 Miles Per Hour
Miles to The Gallon: 15 City/22 Highway



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William James Adams is professionally known as Will.i.am. The California-born musician rose to fame as a member of the pop-hip-hop group, The Black Eyed Peas. Since then, William has gone on to pursue his own solo career as both an artist and a producer. William has worked with famous names like Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, U2, Britney Spears, and more.  With a net worth north of $75 million, it is easy to see why he felt comfortable buying the following jaw-dropping vehicles.

Get Cozy in the McLaren MP4-12C

Will.i.am is one of the most successful musicians of his era. Between his work as a musician and as a producer, Will.i.am has sold or helped to sell millions of records around the world. For Will.i.am, all of these record sales look like they are just going to be used to fund his burgeoning exotic car collection. We’ll explore some of Will.i.am’s favorite rides later, but first, we want to highlight the star of his collection.

For Will.i.am, hitting the road in style is all about climbing behind the wheel of the stunning McLaren MP4-12C. The former Blacked Eye Peas member purchased his McLaren in 2012 for a cool $125,000. If you are already in the triple-comma-club, a price tag of $125k is basically nothing, right? In any event, McLaren has always been one of the top names in the world of supercar manufacturing and it makes sense that their MP4-12C would be so well-received. 

Under the hood of the MP4-12C, Will.i.am will find the heart of his entire vehicle, the 3.8L twin-turbo V8 engine. Capable of producing 592bhp with 442lb-feet of torque, the MP4-12C is ready to hum as soon as you hit the gas pedal.  Despite the raw power underneath the hood, the MP4-12C doesn’t quite roar like the Ferrari 458, a comparable vehicle.  Still, critics praised the engine while calling it a capable implementation by the team of engineers at McLaren. The McLaren MP4-12C also features a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox which is tied to the brake-steering system and the traction control.

What makes Will.i.am’s car so unique is the innovative suspension technology that McLaren installed in the vehicle. Andy Sheriff was the head of product development for McLaren when the MP4-12C was crafted. Sheriff said of the suspension system, “It’s a kind of proactive suspension. On a car like this, it’s never been seen before.” Sheriff went on to detail how the suspension gave drivers like WIll.i.am absolute control via the center console.

Once we step away from the internal components of the MP4-12C, we’ll be able to appreciate the groundbreaking aesthetic of the luxury supercar. The MP4-12C features a slimmed-down look that was designed by Frank Stephenson. Stephenson had previously worked for BMW as well as the Fiat Group. The body of the car mirrors the minimalist approach that McLaren has so often embraced and that, personally, is an appealing aesthetic.

Custom Car Collection of a Hip Hop Guru

There’s something of a joke going around that Will.i.am is trying to include himself in as many different industries as possible. Already working in the music field, Will.i.am has also extended himself toward the development of his own line of automobiles. While nothing much has been said about IAMAUTO, his auto development team, we have plenty of information about some of the finest cars in his personal collection.

As a creative, Will.i.am seems to ascribe to the idea that your internal thought process should be mirrored by your external attachments. For that reason, Will.i.am has collected some of the most unique and colorful cars that we’ve seen in a celebrity garage. Starting at the top of his lot, you’ll find yourself looking down at a pristine 1958 Chevy Corvette that has been fully restored. The Corvette was fixed up by the team at West Coasts Customs. The interior of the cherry-red corvette features a few modern updates including a touch screen, a custom three-spoke wheel, and red-and-black leather upholstery. While the external of the Corvette screams ‘classic’, the inside of the car shouts modern luxury.

Next to his 1958 Chevy Corvette, Will.i.am is proud to drive around Los Angeles in his Tesla Model S. While Tesla has become one of the most popular car manufacturers in Los Angeles, the Tesla Model S still somehow manages to impress upon every view. The Tesla Model S features a slimmed-down design with a white body and black vents. With 518hp and a range of 370 miles with a full battery charge, we have a feeling that Will.i.am doesn’t always miss the consumption of a regular gasoline-fueled car.

Rounding out Will.i.am’s collection of amazing automobiles is the 1958 Beetle. This gorgeous car doesn’t feature the traditional RX-7 LS3 engine that is typically seen on top of the vehicle, though the famous musician made up for that with many other iterations and custom design ideas. The baby-blue matte finish of the Beetle makes it easy for Will.i.am to stand out while hitting the road. It apparently cost the music producer close to one million dollars to completely renovate and custom-modify his vehicle. Unfortunately, it is impossible to say what is going on beneath the hood due to a lack of information. Still, we wouldn’t mind driving one!



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