Ciento Once by GWA - Mercedes-Benz C111 experimental vehicle revival

GWA Ciento Once rendering 04.01.2011
GWA Ciento Once rendering 04.01.2011

Texas-tuner creates a one-off gullwing prototype based on the C111

GWA Tuning has drafted a one-off prototype based on the Mercedes-Benz C111 called the Ciento Once.

The San Antonio, Texas-based tuner, owned by designer Arturo Alonso, decided to revive the 1970 C111 to create another gullwing Merc. The C111 was an experimental vehicle by Mercedes-Benz that featured a four-rotor Wankel engine. It never made it to production although Mercedes did follow with successor concepts.

The Ciento Once proposal includes a tubular space frame chassis with a Mercedes M120 V12 engine producing 408 hp (304 kW / 414 PS) and is coupled to a 6-speed Cima H type trans-axle.

Wheelbase is slightly shorter than the original at 103 inches (2616 mm) and weight is similar at 1,400 kg (3086 lbs). Brakes are the same as on the S55 Mercedes-Benz.

Ride comfort comes care of 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 include an electronically adjustable rear wing as well as a rear diffuser and front spoiler with a large air intake.

The interior will also come with a retro look, with the instrument panel similar to the W120R, but feature modern attire such as carbon-fiber seats, brushed aluminum pedals and illuminated door sills.

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cars17 cars17
hmm...this is looks like Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell Concept
Jan 14th, 2011 5:24pm
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xLumino xLumino
simply love it!!!! The original was the best conceptcar ever!!
Jan 6th, 2011 9:36pm
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ithyandel ithyandel
@ Nightvipertotally agree, it looks like a germanized Forg GT.
Jan 6th, 2011 1:11am
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BMWfan4Ever BMWfan4Ever
a Ford GT from the front. Not bad Merc.....Not bad at all..
Jan 5th, 2011 10:35pm
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Driftzwerg Driftzwerg
Don't forget about the Isdera Imperator 108i. It had the same idea and made it into production. loved that car.
Jan 5th, 2011 11:22am
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James2911 James2911
They also made a diesel version of the C111 which ran for twenty four hours straight. Demonstrates that a performance diesel isn't an entirely new concept.
Jan 5th, 2011 9:58am
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autoficianado autoficianado
I think I know where John Delorean got his idea for his famous car.
Jan 5th, 2011 3:59am
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benzboy benzboy
About the Delorean comment LOL have to agree with you , but not to date/ourselves what about the Bricklin?
Jan 5th, 2011 7:35am
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Well the Bricklin SV-1 came first and yes I would have to agree, it seems to share a great deal in common with the Bricklin (sadly that Canadian marvel never sold).
Jan 6th, 2011 10:45pm
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zeiar zeiar
Cool! Tuning firms should do more cars like this. Pic some nice looking car from the past and do a modern refit of it.
Jan 5th, 2011 3:55am
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charlemagne charlemagne
@ Garais87 : not a Lancia Stratos, but a Maserati Merak ;)
Jan 5th, 2011 1:34am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Amazing considering it predates both and the Bora.
Jan 5th, 2011 7:29am
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Garais87 Garais87
looks like lancia stratos or some thing :D
Jan 5th, 2011 1:26am
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Jan 5th, 2011 1:07am
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