Today, February 8, is the birthday of Jules Verne, one of the first science fiction authors, born in 1828. One of his most famous works is Around the World in Eighty Days, in which a Londoner takes a bet of £20,000 that he can circumnavigate the world in under 11 and a half weeks. Keep in mind, the book was published in 1872, so air travel was not yet possible.
So, let’s say for the purposes of this exercise, that as was the case with Phineas Fogg, air travel is also off limits. You have to start and end with the same vehicle, and you will have to traverse every continent except Antarctica and over varied terrain. A truck with plenty of parts support in remote regions might be the obvious choice, but Fogg was quite well off. That wager would be worth $3.2 million today, so you might want to travel in luxury and stay in nice hotels, or with speed accompanied by an army of support vehicles.
What JNC would you take for a race around the world?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What should Toyota do with the Celica name?”
To the question of what Toyota should do with the Celica name, we received many excellent answers, none of which will happen. Still, it might be fun to think about the what-ifs. For tugging at enthusiasts’ heartstrings, Dillon and dankan came up with a Celica All-Trac with GR Yaris drivetrain. Meanwhile, CycoPablo and Rod Panhard proved we’re not anti-change by suggesting a sporty EV coupe. The most practical recommendation was Lee L‘s idea of an FF coupe on the Corolla platform with a parts bin M20A-FKS engine.
Naturally, putting the name on the second-gen Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ was a popular choice, but even then we got several different solutions. Steve got right to the point by offering a BRZ with proper Toyota engine. Sammy B had a brilliant idea of renaming the 86, but keeping the GT86 name as an upper-spec trim designation. Ultimately, the winner this week was james, who came up with a realistic scenario that we could all still live with: