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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  • bobberz 13 Aug 2013

    To borrow a hackneyed phrase, it is epic! Looks like a prop from Star Wars (Han Solo's personal on-planet transportation?) and I love it for that! Also sounds like a NASCAR engine (at lower RPM)! cloud9

  • Max964T36 13 Aug 2013

    Here some pics I shot the same day of the video in Spa

  • deltashad 08 Aug 2013

    My misses just said the same thing as you.

    ah.... maybe its me.

  • Mr2Mike 07 Aug 2013

    deltashad said:
    Really? I mean, really? this car is an absolutely gorgeous legend and gorgeous too.

    It also looks really gorgeous.
    Yes really 100%. The Erator GT pictured above is absolutely stunning, but the Imperator looks like a wedge shaped tub of lard to me, rotund and slabby. The proportions are so far off I don't understand how anyone could think it's attractive to be honest, but we're all different I guess.

  • deltashad 07 Aug 2013

    Mr2Mike said:
    It looks like it's been styled after a barrel, round and bloated. There are plenty of older supercars that still look fantastic, but this isn't one of them.
    Really? I mean, really? this car is an absolutely gorgeous legend and gorgeous too.

    It also looks really gorgeous.

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