268-MPH Lotec C1000: 1,000-HP Supercar Rarity

1995 Supercar With Carbon Fiber & 1,000HP For Sale

Curated, a Miami-located dealership specialized in rare automobiles, have integrated the Lotec C1000 into its stock. This magnificent yet eccentric creation has been put for sale several times already, alongside its captivating mechanical features. Ultimately, this is evidence that with appropriate capital behind you, it’s practically possible to acquire any motor vehicle your heart desires.

Back in 1991, the C1000 was commissioned by a person from AI Maktoum family, who were the rulers of Dubai, and would have cost approximately $3.6 million at the time. Taking inflation into account, that is similar to spending an estimated $7.2 million today – or basically equating to the expense of buying three brand-new AMG One hypercars. Its commissioner had the goal to make it the swiftest car globally, thus displaying their determination to invest whatever necessary for this achievement.

Equipped with a 5.6-liter V8 engine from the Mercedes-Benz series, the C1000 was additionally fitted with twin-turbos thereby rendering it capable of producing an impressive 1,000 horsepower. Upon finishing in 1995, this power output was unprecedented. Transferred to the rear wheels by means of a Hewland 5-speed manual transmission, this car can reach top speeds close to 268 mph. To this day, the C1000 stands amongst the fastest cars extant and even surpasses the limited speed of 261 mph that the Bugatti Chiron can do. Reaching 0-60 mph within 3 seconds was also achievable.

The C1000 employed carbon fibre in developing its group C chassis and bodywork, aiming to diminish the tonnage. Plus, highlighted by its incredibly sleek form and minimalistic hood, alongside the back wing, it is evidently a super aerodynamic ride, fit for its incredible velocity. Even though the oddly curved head lamps are perplexing to say the least, the car has remained well-maintained close to its 30th anniversary.

Inside, the carbon fiber on the sills is plainly visible, with the label “powered by Mercedes-Benz” printed on it. There is an interesting history behind this, as Lotec – a German sports car manufacturer established in 1962 – shifted its focus to producing aftermarket parts for Mercedes and even Ferrari vehicles during the initial half of the 1980s. This means that the link between Lotec and Mercedes was there long before the C1000 was commissioned.

The speedometer reaches up to an impressive 400 kph (over 248 mph). With kilometers taking the spotlight on its odometer, the C1000 has logged only 2,576 km; this equates to roughly 1,600 miles.

Owners of this rare vehicle have curated plans to document its history on their YouTube channel prior to it being sold at an expected higher price. Nevertheless, auctions taking place about eight years ago suggest that its value doesn’t come even close to the initial $3.6 million.

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