SA Classic - Mercedes Benz 1896 - 1996
1995 Lotec C1000 374kmh
This Mercedes Lotec C1000, was built as a one-off project for a wealthy
United Arab Emirates businessman in 1995 with the aim of building the
world’s fastest street legal car at the cost of $3.5 million. This all carbon-
fiber body 5.6L V8 is equipped car with twin Garrett
turbochargers that generate 1000 horsepower to achieve a top speed of
268 mph (374kmh). Quite amazing considering that today’s Bugatti
Veyron Super Sport is limited to 257 mph.
The C 111 was the star of the 1969 International Car Show in Frankfurt. With
gullwing doors, tipping lights, a new 258hp 3 disk Wankel engine and a
dramatic new shape and colour, it just had to grab the limelight.
However, 260km/h was not fast enough for the Mercedes engineers and within six
months a new version C 111-II with a 350hp 4 disk Wankel engine achieved 300km/h.
While this car did not make it into production, it continued to grab the limelight,
when a more streamlined version achieved a number of World Records in 1976.
Equipped with a 5 cylinder Turbo Diesel and 190hp four drivers in 2.5 hour shifts
achieved an average speed of 252km/h over 60 hours.
The C 111-III was the next version with covered wheels, which achieved a number
of new records. The C 111-IV was the last version with 500hp V8 which achieved a
speed of 404km/h on 5th of May 1979.
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Mercedes Benz Ponton 1953-1962