It’s official: I have driven the world’s most ostentatious car. Not only is it a big-winged, $1 million supercar, but it’s wrapped in the world’s most popular YouTuber’s branding. It’s the Mr. Beast ‘Feastables’ Ford GT, and it is the most ostentatious attention-magnet in the history of cars.
I’m talking about this machine, featured on the YouTube channel of MrBeast, who has 213 million subscribers.
“Hey David, you should drive that Feastables Ford GT while we have it,” Autopian cofounder Beau texted me one day. “Hold on; you’re asking me to drive a $1 million car? Uh, I think I can find time for that.”
So I walked over to Galpin Ford, a sales manager handed me the rather typical-looking Ford key, and I walked outside to see it:
Just wow. Look at that tall wing. Look at that baby blue wrap. Look at those strange shapes strewn throughout. Look at that huge “feastables” logo on each door. It’s ridiculous, and that became even clearer when I took the vehicle on the road.
I pushed the little paddle in the bodywork and swung up and open the wacky doors, at which point I gazed briefly at a key that looks like the same one used for a $25,000 Ford Maverick:
I then struggled to figure out how to adjust the seat. Answer: You don’t — you adjust the pedals. And doing so involves pulling a strap on the left side of the vehicle’s central “backbone.” (i.e. on the right side of the driver’s footwell). Pulling it yields a “pop” noise that is a bit alarming if you’re not ready for it:
Anyway, I hit that red button you see in the image above, and the 660 horsepower twin-turbo V6 fired up. I spun the also-rather-generic dial-shifter on the backbone into “drive,” and headed out onto the streets of Van Nuys.
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It was both epic and weird.
At one point, a woman pulled up next to me and asked me to roll down my window. The first thing she said was: “My son is going to be just like you.” She told me his name, and talked about how proud of him she was, and how she knows he’s going to be successful enough to own such a car. I told her the car wasn’t mine, but she just kept talking about her son and how he’s going to make it big someday.
I thought that was awesome. What a great mom.
She later helped me get out of a bit of a traffic jam, and waved goodbye as she sped off.
It wasn’t clear in her case if the MrBeast wrap — technically a Feastables wrap meant to advertise his chocolate company — is what got her attention or if it was just the over-the-top supercar, but I can tell you that multiple other folks stopped me to say how much their kids would love this car. They took photos in front of it to show their children later; “My son is going to LOVE this!” they shouted with excitement.
That’s the thing about this GT — it has absurd appeal. Older car-folks love it because it’s a Ford GT, which has a rich racing history. Young car folks love it because, well, just look at it. And non-car-youngsters love it because they’re huge MrBeast fans. With this GT, you cannot escape. There is no anonymity. I’m fairly sure I was picking my nose at one point while driving this thing, and I know for a fact that there’s probably a picture out there of me extracting a rich, golden nugget.
As for how it drove: It was sublime. It’s surprisingly drivable even on rough roads, especially when you consider that it was developed with racing in mind. The ride honestly isn’t bad, the steering is direct but not too direct, and the brakes are grabby but not sticky.
Getting over bumps and inclines can be a challenge (but the suspension ride height can be adjusted via a switch, so it’s not too bad), and it took me a while to figure out where the turn signals are (they’re on the wheel), plus visibility isn’t amazing out the rear, but honestly, overall the GT could totally be daily-driven, which is not something I’d ever say. And to be sure, to actually daily this $1 million machine would be insane.
The twin-turbo V6 does offer a bit of lag, but the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission bangs out shifts with vigor, rocketing this vehicle down the streets of Van Nuys in a way that turned everything in my periphery into a blur.
Perhaps most important to the driving experience was the sound. I’m usually not a big fan of the way V6s sound, but the Ford GT’s twin-turbo, 660 horsepower sledgehammer behind my seat sang a violent tune, roaring with each application of that rightmost pedal, goading me to go further and further. The 405 wasn’t the road for this vehicle, and neither were the surface streets of Van Nuys.
Sadly, I spent much of my time driving the Feastables Ford GT in traffic, and while you might think that this wasn’t the most fun way to drive this sporty machine, if you consider how much joy all the folks in the cars around me felt looking at this absurdity, maybe it was.