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Find out why James May is selling the Toyota Mirai



It’s no surprise that few things go better together than the Toyota Mirai and James May. While peanut butter and jelly can come close, Mirai May provides everything he wants from the driving experience. Therefore, it may surprise you that he sells his. So why?

First, a critical issue for UK-based Mirai owners is the limited number of petrol stations – there are currently only 11. For those unfamiliar with the Japanese car, it uses a hydrogen fuel cell placed under a hood. Energy then flows from the central power unit to a 1.24 kilowatt-hour floor-mounted lithium-ion battery that drives an electric motor attached to the rear wheels.

Much to our surprise is that the main reason why Captain Slow sells his Mirai because it is not exciting enough for him – yes that’s right, it does not give him fizz. With only 152 horsepower (113.3 kilowatts) on pressure, May described the driving experience as comfortable. Despite his objections to the vehicle, the Japanese carmaker will be happy to know that he compared the driving experience with the Bentley Continental GT.

We would be happy not to mention that unlike his nickname, it makes sense to go for a more exciting car. During his time as a car survey, May has owned many exciting cars such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale and Ferrari 308 GTB – although he has since sold the classic Italian vehicle. Therefore, the candidate to replace Mirai remains a mystery.

All we know right now is that there will be a future DriveTribe video showing the process of getting the keys to his new hot rod. On that note, please let us know in the comments below which vehicle you think will replace Mr. May’s valued Toyota Mirai.


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