Here's how to turn a Mercedes S-Class into an F1 car, apparently
Is this the most ambitious YouTube build ever seen?
Luxury and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are synonymous with each other. The S-Class and F1, however, are less so.
Clearly, that hasn't stopped one determined YouTuber from seeing if you can indeed blend the two - turning his old 2005 S-Class into a 'carbon copy' of the 2019 Mercedes F1 car.
As you can imagine, this is certainly a long-term project, with the aim of documenting the car build in stages through a number of videos.
According to XF, the goal weight for the replica is around 800kg, with as many of the aero parts replicated in fine detail as possible. There will be some changes, such as fitting 18" wheels to allow for a bigger brake setup, and the rear of the car will have a more pronounced 'bulge' to accommodate the big V8 engine, but otherwise, the goal is to have the dimensions as close to the original as possible.
Interestingly, it is noted by XF Motorsport that the donor S-Class will largely be confined to the parts bin, with the exception of the 5.0l V8 M113 engine, thanks to its big-power potential.
The plan with the engine is to strip it down completely, rebuilding the block with new, stronger internals, and whack a pair of turbochargers on for extra power.
Power will go to the rear wheels via a CD09 Sequential Nissan transmission, while the chassis will be built from steel tubing - providing both excellent rigidity, and also remaining true to the original F1 build.
It's also worth mentioning that this replica will do away with the complex hybrid system, in order to keep the build simple enough to do at home (and also keep the costs down!)
This is certainly no ordinary YouTube 'car build' and is perhaps one of the most ambitious we've ever seen. What do you reckon: Is it an awesome project, or a waste of a good S-Class?