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We’ve all experienced it at one point while behind the wheel: the frustration of being stuck behind someone going terribly slow around a corner.
On June 19; Mercedes-Benz demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, has set a new world record for the longest powersliding drift, smashing the previous one by almost 400 meters (0.24 miles) , for a total distance of 2,308 meters (1.43 miles).
At Mercedes-Benz World, located at Brooklands, Surrey, United Kingdom, Calo drove a C63 AMG around the outer perimeter track 8.5 times until the rear tire burst, but not before he’d made history.
Speaking after the event, Calo said “the car was so balanced. I was relaxed and only had to make small corrections to the steering and the throttle. The tires let go after lap seven but I kept on going until I knew I’d beaten the record.”
The shredded tire that enabled Calo to set the new record, far from being disposed of, will be put on display at Mercedes-Benz World for all to see.
Calo says his next challenge will be to break the world speed record driving blindfold. “I’m not 100 per cent sure how far it is, but I reckon I can get that one too,” he stated.
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Mercedes-Benz‘s C63 AMG is one of the world’s most viable luxury sedans, packing plenty of performance for any enthusiast. Those having to compromise for a sedan but who still yearn for power often look to a C63 to satisfy their needs. Wimmer RS is well aware of how potent the super sedan is, and in turn, have produced their version of the ultimate sporty sedan.
The heart of Wimmer RS’ production is improving the performance out of the 6.2-liter V8 powerplant. The performance modifications improve power to 601-hp and and 531 lb-ft of torque from the factory’s 451-hp and 443 ft-lbs of torque. The horsepower gains come from modifications on the entire exhaust system – manifold, down pipe, high-flow cats and exhaust – while a new air intake and filter helps the motor breathe better. Optimizing the power is a new camshaft and head work. Those looking to only improve the horsepower can do so for the price of a V6 Camry: $28,040.
Accenting the look of the vehicle is a lightweight set of BBS CH-R wheels in a staggered 19×8.5-inch, 19×9.5-inch set. The wheels are wrapped with Dunlop rubber in a 235/35/19 and 265/35/19 variety. Suspension upgrades are also included with the wheel and tire package for around $5,075.
GALLERY: Wimmer RS Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz is planning to debut their updated 2012 C63 AMG Estate F1 Medical Car at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The refreshed C63 AMG Estate will be sporting the new C-Class facelift along with its AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed transmission. Additional aesthetic changes include an aluminum hood with modified powerdomes, radiator grille, headlights, redesigned front and rear apron featuring larger intake and side air vents.
The wagon is equipped with a 6.3L V8 powerplant that AMG has taken to 487-hp, giving it a 0-62 time of 4.5 seconds. AMG’s Performance Package for the C63 includes an intake manifold painted in titanium gray and AMG’s infamous braking system. This particular wagon will be sporting 19-inch AMG wheels on all four corners. To give it the true race-inspired theme as an F1 medical car, the interior has been revamped with four bucket seats with six-point harnesses and screens in the center console to monitor the race.
The SLS AMG F1 Safety Car has seen no changes, but we figured it’d be worth drooling over again.
GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Estate F1 Medical Car and SLS AMG F1 Safety Car
ARKYM has been designing some really clean and conservative kits for some of European’s finest automobiles, including BMW’s E92 M3. Their newest project is Mercedes-Benz‘s C63 AMG luxury sedan, outfitting it with a variety of carbon fiber pieces that are subtle and clean, enhancing the C63′s natural lines.
There isn’t an official release from ARKYM on the kit, but it looks like several of their distributors are taking orders. We spy a front lip, rear diffuser and trunk lip spoiler, all in carbon fiber. What we’re really digging is the fact that these photos show off an otherwise stock C63 AMG, which really highlights what ARKYM’s kit can do to the car.
So for those looking for subtle enhancements to your Mercedes C63 AMG, we’d highly recommend ARKYM’s kit. It’s refreshing to see aftermarket manufacturers sticking to a clean design rather than big and bold designs.
[Source: GT Spirit]
See more pictures of the ARKYM C63 after the jump: