1050hp Gullwing Dragster At Essen Show

Following the arrival of the Mercedes AMG SLS everybody's got Gullwing fever it seems, and amongst the varying shades of bonkers displayed at this year's Essen Motor Show is a dragster that looks as if it's driven there straight out of Wacky Races.

Its Swiss builder Stefan Winter spent over 3 years building this fibreglass dragster based on the Mercedes 300SL. Fortunately, no real 300SL's were harmed in the making of this car; the body is made of fibreglass and the engine is a 6.9-litre small block Chevy 350, reportedly putting out an appropriately dragster-like 1,050hp.

Peter Perfect  said to be considering making an offer
Peter Perfect said to be considering making an offer
Other interesting bits include a 9-inch Ford rear axle, an A-1 Pro 3-Speed transmission and whopping 15-inch rear tires. And that body, though a very neat interpretation of the 300SL in shape, actually uses metallic silver paint from Mazda.

Winter claims a quarter-mile time of 8.1 seconds for his pricey long-term project, crossing the line at 166mph.

"Darn you, Dick Dastardly!"
"Darn you, Dick Dastardly!"

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  • WorAl 01 Dec 2009

    8.1/166 Quarter mile? not all that fast really is it?

    this bloke runs an 8.87/164 Impreza which he drives to and from the events and uses it in the handling circuits.

    Edited by WorAl on Tuesday 1st December 13:10

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  • Ray Singh 01 Dec 2009

    Nice car - i want.

    Glad to read that no real SLs were harmed when making that though.
    Makes nice change from the usual drag cars.

  • Cotty 01 Dec 2009

    That looks fantastic, really unusual body choice. Love the fact they have incorporated the gullwing doors

  • vdubbin 01 Dec 2009

    I'm guessing the fibreglass shell is available for kit builds? Looks very detailed for a dragster.

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