Why is Alex Roy’s E39 M5 so special? It’s not even producing an unheard amount of power, instead it is quite stock aside from some bolt on mods (list of mods: http://teampolizeihq.com/the-m5-interceptor/).
It’s even ratty to a certain extent but what his car lacks in terms of performance and show car qualities, it makes up for in what it has accomplished.
See, Alex Roy holds the unofficial transcontinental run in this M5. New York City to Santa Monica Pier in California – a total of 2,795 miles across 13 states — arriving after 31 hours, 4 minutes on the road. That’s an average of roughly 90 miles per hour for 31 hours!
Alex’s recently released book “Driven” details the countless hundreds of hours spent detailing the route, fitting the M5 with all the latest electronic gadgets from jammers to radars to scanners so that his run was perfect, and even down to the best time to leave NYC to make the run in record time. It’s quite the read and I recommend it for anyone considering such an attempt at the record.
But most impressive is that of all the racers that have attempted the record run in Bentleys to Ferraris, the one that still holds the record is the almighty E39 M5. Goes to show you that you don’t need the fastest car in the world, you just need a bit of planning, electronics, but most of all a reliable super sedan like the M5.