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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Mansory Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero?

Bugatti Veyron Vincero

Mansory doesn’t do subtle, so you know that when they get their hands on a Bugatti Veyron, the end result is going to be something special. In this case, the end result of their “individualization project” is the Linea Vincero, a car that simply defies belief.

Bugatti Veyron Vincero Details

Starting with an aerodynamic kit that’s completely formed out of unpainted carbon fiber, LED elements serve to emphasize the new lines, and a stylized V in the grill pays homage to the name Vincero. Other changes include new, fully forged turbine wheels, a shortened ‘bonnet’, a new front splitter, new side skirts, bigger air outtakes, and a new diffuser that are all designed to help the fastest go even faster.

Plus, Mansory was not satisfied with a mere 1,000 horsepower, so they have upped it to 1109 with an optimized air intake and a modified exhaust. (Considering the amount of R&D that Bugatti put into getting 1,000 horsepower out of the quad-turbo W16, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they also used a little magic powder to get to that number as well.)

Bugatti Veyron Vincero Interior

Inside, an ambience illumination system shines from the door to cover the newly embossed leather seats, contrast colored accents on the roof, and every other luxury material you decide to slather inside of the Vincero with, since I’m imagining there is nothing too rare to find its way inside of this Veyron. Even the steering wheel gets new gear shift paddles to remind you that nothing you can touch can be found inside of a standard, commoner’s Bugatti Veyron.

[Mansory – Vincero]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer GLK?

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer

Every year, SEMA serves as the debut for some of the most outrageous cars and stunning concepts from tuners around the world, and this year, Mercedes-Benz decided to get in on the action with the debut of their new GLK.

One of those GLKs that stormed the SEMA show is this Pikes Peak Rally Racer from RENNtech, and with its inspiration coming from the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, it’s no surprise that the styling needed to be kicked up a few notches.

However, beneath the menacing exterior lies a powertrain that might surprise a few people: a hybrid, designed to make the GLK a formidable performer while at work and at play.

By combining an electric motor in parallel with the 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, RENNtech has been able to capture the impressive torque that characterizes electric motor drives, adding 54 Nm to enhance the GLK’s performance off-the-line and out of corners.

In addition, internal combustion engines can start to wheeze as the ambient air thins at the higher altitudes that a hill climb takes place in, but with a hybrid drive, thrust is maintained at any altitude with help from the electric motor, allowing the GLK to remain strong during every part of the race.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes stock in the GLK received a special intake manifold, cams and cylinder heads directly from MB, and then RENNtech added their own long-tube headers, composite air intake, and RENNtech ECU software to make the engine put out approximately 350 horsepower on gas power alone.

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer Detail

To help with speed, RENNtech cut weight by removing most of the sound insulation and replacing the Mercedes-Benz seats with lightweight carbon-fiber buckets. With the addition of a full roll cage and the movement of several components towards the rear of the GLK, weight distribution almost reached the perfect 50/50, which helps handling on tight, demanding rally stages.

Custom coil-over suspension was created by KW for RENNtech, allowing for adjustments in height, rake, damping rate, camber and toe-in, and 412mm, 2-piece rotors with 8-piston callipers from RENNtech handle stopping power in the front, while 4-pot callipers grab 356mm discs in the rear.

Not so subtle exterior modifications include a front splitter, rear diffuser, and lower side skirts all designed to help direct airflow underneath the GLK to reduce drag and produce added downforce, while improving high speed stability at the rear. The rear wing elements also serve an important aerodynamic purpose, and flared wheel arches and other bodyshell modifications “create a powerful side line that highlights the dynamic thrust of the Rally Racer”.

It’s definitely not the subtlest Mercedes-Benz on the road, but if you want cutting edge, rally ready technology that’s designed to get you where you want to go at a very high rate of speed, then look no further than the RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer.


[Via: Serious Wheels]