Are DC setting themselves up for a fall with their claims for the ME412?
DaimlerChrysler has had some rough times of late and really needed some good news to divert the media's attention back to their cars and away from more mundane matters.
What better way to do that than to launch a car that is capable of 400km/h (248mph!). Well, that's what their computer simulations reckon anyway.
to achieve that the bods at DC talked to the experts at AMG and requested a six litre, quad turbo V12 pumping out 850bhp. AMG delivered with their normal Germanic efficiency and it was left to some blokes in a shed to knock up a supercar body around it.
The result was unveiled in Detroit yesterday. The ME Four-Twelve (Mid Engined, Four turbos, Twelve cylinders) is DaimlerChrysler's first supercar. Despite these days of ever tightening regulations and restrictions, it's good to see a car company build a balls out racer for the road.
DC reckon that the 4-12 will be a bit of a record breaker for them. Aside from the top speed claims, their supercomputers reckon that the 4-12 will be the first supercar to be able to reach 60mph in less than 3 seconds (2.9 to be precise).
So... have they set themselves up for a fall like Bugatti did with the Veyron or can they pull it off? Time will tell...