Isdera Imperator 108i: Time for Tea?


Today's Time for Tea? is a little earlier than usual but, frankly, the prospect of sharing an Isdera Imperator 108i video was too tempting to postpone.

But first, a small Isdera history lesson. Back in the late 1970s, a Mercedes engineer named Eberhard Schulz Isdera worked with Stuttgart to produce the CW311 concept. It was a dramatic, mid-engined wedge of unadulterated supercar, with lots of glass and gullwing doors. But Mercedes had no interest in producing the CW311, and so Isdera took on the project and created the Imperator 108i.

Here's bravery in a screen grab!
Here's bravery in a screen grab!
Its nearest equivalent today is probably the Pagani Zonda as they both house an AMG engine in a wild body. For the early Isderas, it was a 5.6-litre V8 with 300hp and 335lb ft, later upgraded to a 6.0-litre version.

That just 30 Imperators were produced makes the driving on show in this video all the more astounding. It's been filmed at Spa (great circuit choice), from the Bus Stop chicane, and is essentially a minute or so of a 108i leaving the corner very, very sideways.

Amongst modern cars, it looks like a spaceship with an internal combustion engine. It would be a very cool car to see stationary, but to have it on video being driven hard is a real treat. Kudos to the owner for doing so (or allowing someone else to!) as well.


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  • CraigyMc 06 Aug 2013

    TFA said:
    Today's Time for Tea? is a little earlier than usyal but, frankly, the prospect of sharing an Isdera Imperator 108i video was too tempting to postpone.
    usyal?

    Are we allowed to make up words now?

    Run it thought a speelchicker.

  • 4a4 06 Aug 2013

    SO MUCH WANT

  • 80quattro 06 Aug 2013

    I had a toy one of those when I was a nipper. Always thought it was a Mercedes racing car of some sort. Might scuttle off into the loft after work.

  • T.K 06 Aug 2013

    Splendid car. Supercool, if dotty, owner.

  • PowerfullyBuilt 06 Aug 2013

    Splendid indeed. Can anyone else see a lot of McLaren F1 in the close-ups of those headlights?

    ETA: Rear-view PERISCOPE??? Loopy rofl

    Edited by PowerfullyBuilt on Tuesday 6th August 15:23

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