Carlsson C25 Super-GT – it’s crazy-exclusive

January 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes specialist tuners Carlsson are at it again, this time with the Carlsson C25. The C25 is a reworked SL65 AMG Black Series with more curves, cuts and vents than the ‘standard’ model.

Under the bonnet lays a absolutely mad 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 producing 753 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque. According to Carlsson the engine could have actually produced 996 lb-ft of twist but it’s had to electronically limit the beast.

It won’t surprise you to hear that the Carlsson C25 is pretty damn fast  and will sprint to 100kph in just  3.7 seconds. But what will surprise you is news that the Carlsson C25 is so exclusive that there will be one for sale. Thats right, Carlsson will only be selling one per country. No word yet on which countries are included but there will only be twenty-five of them, as Carlsson is only making twenty-five C25s.

No word on pricing yet either, but we’re guessing large enough to guarantee we don’t see one here in NZ.

Interestingly, Carlsson is choosing not to sell the C25 as any sort of track day special vehicle. Instead, they are maintaining that the C25 is a “Super-GT.” According to Carlsson’s CEO Markus Schuster, “There are more than enough super sports car in this world which can only be safely driven on a race track. Therefore, we deliberately wanted to develop a car which is highly exclusive on the one hand and can be used for the daily journey to office on the other hand.”

Not sure how comfortable the ride to work would be in the C25 but it sure would be fun.

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

December 24th, 2007 by Darren Cottingham

One of the more recent F1 specific tracks joining, the calendar in 1999, and seeing the return of Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari after his leg injury sustained at the British Grand Prix. He spent the entire race trying to go ‘slowly’ so that he could help his then team mate Eddie ‘Irv the swerve’ Irvine in the title chase. Even doing so, he made everyone else look like amateurs and somehow found a way to ‘not’ win the race.

Such is Formula One that on April 8, 2007, shortly before the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix, Formula One president Bernie Ecclestone was quoted in stating that the circuit was getting “shabby” and “a bit tired” from the lack of care, describing it as “an old house that needs a bit of redecorating”. Cheek!

The circuit also sees action from MotoGP and Japanese Super GT racing.

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