What you are looking at is a heavily modified C107 Mercedes 450 SL . The original car is known to be a perfect luxury cruiser, a two door S-class with slightly sportier handling abilities. Well, thanks to Raeder Motorsport and a well funded private customer, the SL became a proper ring tool.

Optically, the huge overfenders that neatly transform into a front skirt are the biggest modification. The top has been lowered by 8cm to reduce drag, and at the rear a proper GT wing balances the car's aero out.

See the sidepipes? Of course, the engine of the 70s Benz couldn't stay in such a ambitious project. Raeder was involved in developing a V8 Superstar Mercedes - similar to the Australian V8 Supercar series - so installing a 5.7l NA V8 was a quick and "logical" decision. Power figures? Well in the 500hp range and 700NM of torque. Enough to pull a train.

There isn't much info on the car's chassis and suspension, but I heard that the rear axle is a modified Lamborghini piece. Mind you, the guys of Raeder Motorsport know a thing or two about suspension, as they were the first ones to create a TT-RS race car - a car that dominated its class and even took the first FWD overall win in VLN.

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And boy does the car work. When it surprisingly showed up in the Nürburgring Paddock for the 2010 VLN test days, nobody knew what to make of it. After a few laps it did lap the Ring as quick as a BMW Z4 GT3 - one of the quickest cars in the business.

Yes dear Oppo, I know what you are thinking. You can't wait to see it in action during the Nürburgring 24h, fighting with the works SLS, Z4s and 911s. A boxy 70s shape in clean silver built for a gearhead taking on the big boys, holding up the flag for creativity and passion instead of pure marketing and performance.

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Sadly the car isn't eligible to race. It was a fun project and therefore designed with no specific set of rules in mind. It doesn't fit any class and that what makes it so great. A class-less but classy outlaw. Think of the Ferrari FXX program, but with V8s and a tad of irony.

Picture credit: Frank Lehnert, Ring1.de, robert kah