This is not for Mercedes purists. It’s more for people who really appreciate the details of a real show car. Thank us later.
Have you ever dreamed of having a 190 E EVO in your garage? Some of us do this on a regular basis. Like most, our first attraction with the chassis came from the popular DTM racing series from the 1990s. The aggressive body kits and the aerodynamics of the original Mercedes DTM let generations of fans be amazed by the aesthetics. Tim Lajambe was one of those people. In the end, however, he wouldn’t let his dreams come true. So later in life he would buy a 190 E EVO I.
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He wanted to make the changes necessary to complete the EVO II package but decided against it. Lajambe realized that he would rather go his own way and create his vision of the perfect 190 E. So “he grabbed a regular 190 because I couldn’t bring myself to cut up my EVO, and we built this… that’s my version of a road-driven DTM tribute car. ”
Larry Chen and the Hoonigan The team had the opportunity to photograph this stunning car and we have some of our own photos of the build from our coverage of SEMA 2019. To really appreciate a build of this quality we need to understand what it takes to make it. So we can first say that Lajambe started collecting parts for this building five years ago. You can believe that his vision of the perfect 190 E hasn’t left his mind a single day during that time. However, once everything was ready for construction, Lajambe and his team managed to get this done in 7 weeks. During this time, 16-hour days were taken into account in which only the details were worked on normal.
Under the angry exterior of this 190 E-Host, an SL 600 subframe was used to widen the chassis. The bespoke body kit is 6 inches wider at the front and rear than the stock 190 E. While the crazy wheel gap was fine for the race-bred EVO II, this show car couldn’t benefit from it. A modern air strut setup therefore makes it possible to design the fit of the custom-made Fifteen52 wheels of this 190 E with millimeter precision. Let’s not forget that fat tires front and rear (305mm section width to be exact) are a necessity to complete the DTM look.
If you’ve been wondering what exactly this car is to be modeled after, Chen gives us the perfect description of what this car is supposed to be: “A race car for the road, crazy horsepower, crazy looks, but still comfortable and has a stereo system . ”
So when we talk about insane performance let’s talk about the engine that shoots this 190 E into hyperspace. It’s a LS3 block that has received more modifications than you can ever imagine. The engine delivers 700 WHP naturally aspirated and with the twin turbo up to 1,600 WHP. However, Lajambe only plans to run this V8 with one conservative 1000 WHP. I wonder why there aren’t any Mercedes Engine in the bay? We’re going to refer directly to Lajambe saying, “I needed this thing to be as fast as it looks … to make a reliable 1000hp out of it is no problem at all.”
So if factory red Ferrari leather and copious amounts of carbon fiber aren’t your thing, this DTM Inspired Twin Turbo V8 traded Mercedes 190e is probably not for you. Is it the purest Resto-Mod OEM + Mercedes build ever? No, far from it. However, we believe that fact doesn’t detract from a single ounce of quality of this build. So if you ever get the chance to see something this beautiful in person, be careful, the diffuser strips look sharp. Really spicy.