Time Attack SL500 Done Up JDM
Slideshow: Speedhunters.com author Ron Celestine was at a time attack event in Japan when he randomly spotted a track-spec, but road-registered JDM-style Mercedes Benz SL500. Click through to hear about some of the more worthwhile features and updates he picked out from his examination of the vehicle.
What made him even notice the SL 500 at the event?
Celestine notes that he was immediately drawn to the car by its carbon fiber splitter, canards, air scoops and GT wing which, he writes, gives the two-seater a real aggressive look.
But those weren’t even the car’s most noticeable feature
But those weren’t even the car’s most noticeable feature Celestine writes that most noteworthy about the SL500 was the 295×30 Hoosier slicks protruding slightly from the front fender wells.
The owner let him take a closer look
Celestine was fortunate enough that the owner was a good guy who let him get closer and ask questions about the car. He notes that while the interior isn’t full stripped, there is just one seat and a JDM-style arrangement of gauges up the A-pillar and across the dashboard.
What about that giant jug of water sitting in the passenger seat?
This is a pretty cool feature – Celestine writes that according to the car’s owner, the giant water jug with an electrical pump fitted to it is meant to pump water to the front of the car and sprayed across the intercooler core for some extra cooling. Pretty neat if you ask me.
And what about the car’s engine?
To give the car some more power, the SL’s original M273 V8 engine was removed and replaced with its supercharged brethren – the AMG M113. The owner made some minor mods here and there to get it to the point of being able to produce approximately 550 horsepower.
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