Some of us have been to crocodile parks as kids, use wallets, bags, purses and briefcases made using crocodile leather. Wikipedia says the nutrient-filled crocodile meat is served as a dish in parts of Africa and Thailand. We’ve even produced “Crocodile tears” at the headmaster’s office. But here is a bizarre relation between a car and crocodiles – an unusual Eastern European tuner created a BMW M3 covered in crocodile skin!
If someone told you tuners can’t think beyond horsepower and wheels, show them this – a customized 318i by Latvian tuner Vipon made using crocodile skin. The smart tuners haven’t yet acknowledged if it is actual croc skin or imitation material covering the length and breadth of the car, but that’s probably to stop an alarm setting off in your country’ customs office.
Vipon has joined hands with the acclaimed German tuner AC Schnitzer to add finishing touches to the car. LED lights, silver finish on the front spoiler, side skirts and a rear apron are some of the additions. Like most tuning packages, the car sits on special wheels. There is no mention of under-hood modifications, so displacement, power and torque ratings should be untouched.
What Vipon, AC Schnitzer or the car manual doesn’t tell you is that unlike the crocodile, the BMW crocodile edition cannot operate under water. If Steve Irwin was alive and reading this, he would have shut down his computer by now.
A target customer of this crocodile-camouflage BMW is the night-time crocodile rescue operation team along the Nile river bank where vicious crocodiles kill 100’s of people every year. If you thought a car covered with a crocodile, considered as one of the ugliest reptiles known to man, will find no buyers, remember that cigar-chomping, chest-haired men drive Barbie-colored lengthened Hummers in the West.
The Crocodile appeared 240 million years ago on planet earth and coexisted with dinosaurs.
Unless you are a croc-obsessed wardrobe junkie or making the next Lady Gaga video, we ask you to stay away from this.