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Is this the strangest car on the planet?

Published: 21 Aug 2014

At last November's LA Auto Show, we caught a glimpse of the mighty Youabian Puma: a 500bhp, V8-powered behemoth of a convertible, longer than a LWB S-Class and wider than an Audi Q7.

It's fair to say we were transfixed. Agog. Speechless. Rarely, since that heady November day, have we stopped thinking of the Youabian Puma and its inimitable lines.

If you, like us, were hypnotised by that first glimpse of Puma, today is your lucky today. For today, Dr Youabian - a Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, and owner of the company - has released a promotional video for his extraordinary creation, and it is everything we dared hope.

Whatever you had planned for the next 150 seconds of your life, cancel it. Even if it was, say, opening an emergency parachute. Or eating lunch. Stop it all, and turn your gaze upon this vision of bold splendour, cruising the American west coast in all its voluptuous glory.

So what, exactly, is the Youabian Puma? We fear even a Harvard professor with a PhD in Massive Carology might struggle to succinctly answer that. But we'll do our best.

The Puma sees a fibreglass body wrapped around a steel and aluminium chassis, with a 505bhp Corvette V8 sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed auto transmission.

We're told it'll get from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds, and return 22 miles to the gallon. Want some idea of the scale of this thing? Those alloys might look modest, but they're 20 inchers - albeit wrapped in 44-inch tyres.

"The Youabian Puma," we're told, "was created with just one goal in mind: to stand out and be unique."

Mission achieved, we'd say.

What do you think? And if it's anything other than MOST INCREDIBLE CREATION IN THE HISTORY OF EVER, we reserve the right to confiscate your internets.

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