FINALLY: Homer Simpson-Designed Car ‘The Homer’ Comes to Life

It's powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball. Oh, and it has a "Bort" license plate.

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Season 2, Episode 15 of The Simpsons was a true classic. We learned that Homer had a half-brother named Herb Powell (voiced by Danny DeVito), who ran a car company in Detroit called Powell Motors.

Well, Herb needed some ideas for a new car and he turned to Homer to help him build a car that would appeal to the masses. Homer came up with “The Homer,” a wonderful mess of an automobile with the tagline “The Car Built for Homer.”

Here are the car’s features, according to the Simpsons Wiki:

  • The Homer has two bubble domes; one in the front, while the one in the back is for quarreling kids, and comes with optional restraints and muzzles.
  • According to Homer, the engine sound causes people to think “the world’s coming to an end.”
  • There are three horns, as Homer claims that “you can never find a horn when you’re mad.” The three horns play the song “La Cucaracha.”
  • The car also features gigantic cupholders, which actually became a feature on many cars in the 1990s onward.
  • The car has various outdated features such as bubble domes, shag carpeting, and tailfins. It also has a metal bowler as a hood ornament.

The Homer was marketed as, “powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball” and “designed for the average man.”

How much did such incredible automotive refinement cost? The Homer’s sticker price was $82,000. Unsurprisingly, Herb’s company quickly went out of business. But that doesn’t mean The Homer isn’t an appealing automobile to the right person.

As you can see in the above video, the team at Porcubimmer Motors has taken the bold, bold steps of making The Homer a reality. What’s more, it’s a race car. The team will be racing The Homer at the 24 Hours of LeMons race on June 29 in Buttonwillow, California.

Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball sounds like the ultimate combination for a race car. Looks like this race will be over before it even starts.

The Homer – a 24 Hours of LeMons race car [HomerCar.com via @SpeedSportLife via  @Tim_Stevens]

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