Blast from the past MercedesBenz C111

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Mercedes-Benz C111

Blast from the past: C111

Blast from the Mercedes-Benz C111

At the 1969 Motor Show Mercedes a radical new concept to the world the C111, a prototype that go on to become a test-bed for the carmaker’s engine technologies. Styled a big sports coupe, the C111 gullwing doors and a bright paint-scheme internally known as Many had hoped the C111 be a replacement for the iconic 300SL, but that was not to be. The coupe featured new innovations such as the use of light bodywork and the bonding of this to a frame. It also featured a sleek design that it a drag coefficient of 0.35Cd.


The first C111 was by a complex three-rotor fuel-injected engine. This fundamentally Wankel rotary provided a output of 280hp and (209kW) and the car to 100km/h in just five While its capacity was relatively measuring only 600cc per it enabled the C111 to reach a top of roughly 260km/h.

One year later Mercedes a new version of the car, the C111-II, the improvements made over the The new version contained a larger Wankel engine that 350hp (261kW), and combined a lower drag coefficient of the car was able to sprint to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of

Mercedes-Benz C111

Despite solving many of the associated with the rotary Mercedes eventually decided to the design due to its poor fuel and unacceptable emission content. The oil of the 1970s also saw many car look to more economical including Mercedes. A turbocharged of its 3.0L diesel engine was into the C111-II (now helping it achieve a string of The C111-III had been further for speed and boasted a drag of just 0.183Cd. It also 230hp (172kW) from its mill.

In 1976 at the then brand new test track in Italy, drivers drove 60 hours in the new version and gained 16 different records. With an assortment of under its belt, Mercedes had achieved its aim of disproving the diesel that the engines were and only good for trucks. the feat left engineers for more.

In 1978 the C111-III set off on the Nardo once again to try and further the of previous efforts. An incident the right rear tire caused much of the rear on the car to be destroyed. Fortunately, Mercedes had a car on hand and this was used to set a of nine world records and a top of 322km/h.

The C111 eventually went on to even more records, and continued to strengthen the carmaker’s for being able to make out of nothing.

Mercedes-Benz C111
Mercedes-Benz C111
Mercedes-Benz C111
Mercedes-Benz C111
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