The Ciento Once is not an official Mercedes concept, instead
its constructor is an American tuning firm called GWA.
Arturo Alonso, GWA's owner, decided that he wanted to
build a one-off supercar which was inspired by the Mercedes
C111 prototypes from the 60s and 70s.
The original Mercedes C111 prototypes were technological
tour-de-forces which were designed to showcase and test
the company's latest technologies and materials.
However, unlike the first C111 which was powered by a
rotary Wankel engine, the Mercedes Ciento Once (one
hundred eleven in Spanish) will be powered by a Mercedes
6.0 litre, 48 valve, V12 which produces 408 horsepower.
The engine will be put on display in the middle of the
car, visible through a glass window on the rear deck.
The power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed
manual gearbox from Cima.
The Mercedes Ciento Once concept features a slightly shorter
wheelbase than the C111, but the weight will be similar
at 1,400 kgs (3,086 lbs).
In order to build the Ciento Once, GWA Tuning has borrowed
elements from a variety of Mercedes models. The brakes
come from the S55 AMG, while the wheels are GWA designed
units normally designated for the SLS supercar.
Inside, the Mercedes Ciento Once has been designed to
look somewhat like the original C111, but with updated
features. The lightweight carbon fiber seats are trimmed
in retro plaid fabric, while the instumentation is designed
to mimic that of classic Mercedes models.
The Ciento Once's body will be hand formed out of aluminum
and includes the electric-operated rear adjustable wing.
To improve the aerodynamics, a rear diffuser and front
spoiler with a big air intake will guide the air flow
into the radiators and then out through the hood vents.
Similar and related vehicles:
Mercedes-Benz C 111
Mercedes F-Cell Roadster
Mercedes Mojave Runner
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA
Mercedes-Benz F500 Mind
Mercedes Ocean Drive
Mercedes F 700
Mercedes Formula Zero
Mercedes Kleeman GTK