GWA Tuning drafts Ciento Once based on Mercedes-Benz C111 prototype

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2011

The ‘Ciento Once’ from GWA Tuning is a one-off prototype based on the 1970 Mercedes-Benz C111 Concept. The tuner, which is based in San Antonio, Tex., and owned by designer Arturo Alonso, will be reviving the 1970 C111 to create another gullwing model. It can be recalled that Mercedes-Benz made the C111 as an experimental vehicle.

It was powered by a four-rotor Wankel engine. It never entered production but Mercedes did come up with successor concepts.

In the Ciento Once proposal, the vehicle will have a tubular space frame chassis and it will be powered by a Mercedes M120 V12 engine, which delivers 408 hp (304 kW / 414 PS) and is mated to a 6-speed Cima H type trans-axle. Compared to the original, its wheelbase is slightly shorter at 103 inches (2616 mm) and its weight is similar at 1,400 kg (3086 lbs).

It shares the same brakes as on the S55 Mercedes-Benz. For a comfortable ride, the vehicle features an adjustable coil-over suspension and GWA Type A wheels, 9 x 19 rims in 265/35/19 tires at the front and 11 x 20s with 295/30/20 tires at the back.

The aluminum body will be hand made and will have an electronically adjustable rear wing and a rear diffuser and front spoiler with a large air intake. The interior will have a retro look, with the instrument panel similar to the W120R; however, its carbon-fiber seats, brushed aluminum pedals and illuminated door sills will be modern. [via 0-60]

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