Mercedes-Benz has managed to set a new record at Pikes Peak, recently, with the C250d 4MATIC.
When you hear about the Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC you’re not really thinking about new records which it can set, especially at the 2015 Pikes Peak, but with Uwe Nittel behind the wheel, the German sedan has managed to set a new record for production diesel cars at the famous hill-climb race.
“Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun. It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant”, said Uwe Nittel.
The vehicle has managed to complete the course in just 11 minutes and 22 seconds. This included 19.9 km (12.4 miles), with 150 bends and a range in altitude of 1,524 meters (5,000 feet). The previous record was help by a Volkswagen Golf TDI and it was set in 14 minutes and 3.3 seconds, back in 2007. The Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC is making use of a diesel engine and it can produce a total of 201 HP. This has been connected to the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. Some modifications have been made to it, however, as these included the stripped interior, the roll cage, the fire extinguishing system, the racing tank, the ultra-high-performance tires, the better brakes and so on.