Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz

March 17, 2014
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Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz

1995 Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz

Make no inference from the name, for this is not ‘low-tech’, unless you count low-tech as being a 1,000bhp, lightweight aero-efficient carbon-fibre supercar capable of 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds from a twin-turbo Benz V8.

This week’s classified pick is a bit of a special one, not least because there’s only one available…in the world. Meet the Lotec Mercedes-Benz C1000: a one-off supercar built in the mid-90s with the aim of becoming the fastest production car on planet earth.

Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz

It was commissioned by a very wealthy businessman who hails from the United Arab Emirates, with the simple brief of wanting a privately-owned, unique piece of automobilia capable of embarrassing the next generation’s hypercars. He contacted Mercedes-Benz with the question; Mercedes turned to sportscar manufacturer and Merc tuner Lotec for the answer. And following a $3.5 million investment from said Wealthy Man – equivalent to around £2.2m in today’s money – the 1995 C1000 is the answer.

To order your new Lotec C1000 rival with a brand new BMW V12 engine for only US$38,000.

Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz rear view

The ‘C’ stands for carbon fibre, used extensively for the lightweight body, while underneath sat not an engine, but a miniaturized large hadron collider. It sported a Mercedes-Benz 5.6-litre V8, strapped with two Garrett turbochargers to produce a whopping 1,000bhp. That’s 1,000bhp a full ten years before Bugatti rocked up and claimed it with the Veyron.

Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz

It’s hooked up to a Hewland six-speed transmission driving the rear wheels, while inside – accessed via doors that open upwards – it’s a bit… naff, actually. Sure, there are three-point harness and racing buckets and Jetsons-spec indulgences like an adjustable steering column, but it all looks a bit ropey. Plus, the driver and passenger are sat very close together. Drive with those familiar with your showering regime.

Lotec C1000 Mercedes-Benz

Still, the Lotec C1000 wasn’t built for luxury, but bludgeoning, hairy speed. As such, and with a kerb weight of just 1080kg (less than a 1.5-litre Ford Fiesta), it could do 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, and a claimed top speed of 268mph. It’s being offered by RKMCCA’s October 31 auction over in Charlotte, North Carolina, with an estimated sale price of over $1,300,000.

Oh, and you might want to have a closer look at this auction, because it’s actually magnificent. There’s James Hunt’s 1977 McLaren F1 racer up for grabs, along with Mario Andretti’s 1974 Indy car, a Mercedes Benz CLK GTR, a Local Motors Rally Fighter, and a fabulous 1978 Porsche 935. Plus a whole boat load of cool Americana too. Check it out.

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