Thursday, November 26

The Midnight Rider is World’s biggest limousine

Midnight rider is a limousine that made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004 and unbeatable to this day. It’s four times longer than a limo, as tall as two Cadillac Escalades stacked on top of each other, it looks like a truck and sounds like a locomotive.

The Midnight Rider is a 48-foot tractor-trailer that can give you the time of your life on 22 wheels! Weighing 25 tons, the vehicle has actually made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the heaviest limousine ever. It was built by its owners over a seven-year period of time (1997-2004), but all the efforts were completely worth it.

The Midnight Rider is weighs 22,933 kg and 70-foot long. A 435 HP Peterbilt 379 tractor provides the towing power and the rig’s 22 wheels and over-sized brakes are keeping the mammoth mobile disco in check.

The limo’s interior is modeled after Presidential Pullman Cars from the 1870’s—that is, heavy on the mirrored wood and polished brass—and seats 40 spread among three separate lounge areas, each with its own bar, big screen and phones. It costs $1000 per hour to rent but does include a crew of five: two drivers, a hostess, an operations specialist and a bartender.

The Rider is technically a tractor-trailer limousine, one that was 90 percent built in-house, by a team of only five people. Putting it together was done in phases over the course of 7 years, and most of the process was trial and error, as the team submitted the rig to various agencies for clearance. When it was eventually completed in the summer of 2003, the Rider came with a tally of $2.5 million, though the owners estimate it’s double that amount today. In less than four years, it was paying for itself.

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