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What if cars were flag-bearers in the Olympic opening ceremony

By Cameron Kirby, 08 Aug 2016 Car Style

HSV Maloo GTS

If cars were flag-bearers in the Olympic opening ceremony, which ones would represent each country?

The Olympic Games are on, and what would an Olympics be without one of the most entertaining and talked-about spectacles of the event, the opening ceremony.

Amongst all the interpretive dance, swelling anthems and head-scratching sculptures, the opening ceremony is where every athlete gets to walk into the stadium alongside their countrymen and women. It is an inspiring moment, one athletes from around the world dedicate four years of their lives for.

But leading each team is a flag-bearer, someone who exemplifies the sporting spirit of their country. This got us thinking: If each country was forced to use a car as their official flag-bearer, what car would best represent them?

AUSTRALIA: HSV MALOO GTS

Could it really be anything other than a tyre-frying supercharged V8 ute? Nothing screams Australian automotive culture like this big, brash brawler. 

HSV Maloo GTS

GERMANY: BRABUS UNIMOG BLACK EDITION

This high-riding off-roader is so unapologetically crazy, it just has to represent Germany. Without an ounce of irony, Mercedes-Benz’s tuning arm Brabus decided to turn up the power on an already ridiculous vehicle. This is the automotive equivalent of a champion weightlifter. 

Brabus Unimog Black Edition

USA: FORD GT

A star in marathons, with a reputation for shaming its Italian rivals, the Ford GT shouts ’Murica louder than a Stars & Stripes tracksuit. With multiple generations of the car having competed and claimed gold medals, it is only right it carries the American flag with pride.

Ford GT

JAPAN: NISSAN R35 GT-R

With more technology than you can poke a Nintendo at, and a renowned sprinter, the latest in the Nissan GT-R family is the only proper car to carry Japan’s flag. Besides, Usain Bolt is a fan!

Nissan GT-R

FRANCE: CITROËN C4 CACTUS

Look, it may not be up to scratch compared with its historic ancestors, but this French representative is a battler, and has a rugged, never-say-die attitude. Its special armoured bodywork should make it a contender in the wrestling events.

Citroen C4 Cactus

SWEDEN: VOLVO XC90 T8

Perhaps Sweden forgot this is the summer games, as the Volvo XC90 T8 is a winter weapon. Still, this AWD, turbocharged, supercharged hybrid SUV is ready to take on anything you throw at it.

Volvo XC90

BRITAIN: RANGE ROVER HOLLAND & HOLLAND

It comes in the most fantastic shade of British Racing Green, and comes ready-equipped for the shooting events thanks to a pair of shotguns in the back. So resoundingly British it would bring a regal tear to Her Majesty’s eye.

Range Rover Holland and Holland

ITALY: LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR

Nothing compares to the Lamborghini Aventador for putting on a show, making it the obvious choice to carry the Italian flag. The epitome of Italian engineering, it offers a great spectacle without being the lightest, fastest or most powerful. But does that matter when you look this good?

Lamborghini Aventador

RUSSIA: LADA NIVA

Unfortunately, this Russian representative has been excluded from the opening ceremony after authorities found an LS9 under its bonnet. All Russian competitors are now under investigation.

Lada Niva

BRAZIL: TROLLER PANTANAL

The host country will be led by this home-grown pick-up truck. Designed for agricultural duties, and with a thirst for ethanol, it exemplifies the automotive culture of Brazil.

Troller Pantanal