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Speedriven Engine Bay

Building a 10 second CL600

Breaking the 10 second mark is feat mostly reserved for drag cars on slicks, light weight turbo imports running ridiculous amounts of boost and super cars with price tags well north of $100k. These local and international legends pull up to the strip like home sweet home and everyone knows that it’s about to go down.

There are always exceptions to the norm and in this case that exception is Chicago native Kamil’s Mercedes CL600. The CL600 is a 4,500 pound Autobahn luxo-cruiser built to get executives from point A to B in superior luxury and pace. There is so much luxury technology stuffed into this heavyweight cruiser that it needs a second consumer battery.

Sterno Photography Mercedes CL600 Spedriven Chicago

Sterno Photography Mercedes CL600 Spedriven Chicago

Pulling up to your local drag strip in a CL600 and you’re sure to be the d-bag outsider that everyone is hoping gets embarrassed. That is unless you’re Kamil and your CL600 looks like it came from the bat cave thanks to paint and vinyl work from Dent Solutions Plus. Still, looking bad ass won’t get all that weight down the line in under 11 seconds. That’s where Speedriven comes into play.

Mercedes CL600 Chicago

CL600 roaming the Chicago streets

Speedriven is a legendary Mercedes v12 twin turbo tuner out of Chicago. Oh, we just assumed you knew the CL600 was equipped with a v12 twin turbo engine.

Automotion Wisconsin Dells Batlle of the Imports Best of Show

Automotion Wisconsin Dells Batlle of the Imports Best of Show

Kamil is serious about speed so he paired his twin turbo v12 with a serious package from Speedriven that includes:

  • Speedriven ECU/TCU
  • Speedriven Intercoolers
  • Speedriven Catless Downpipes
  • Speedriven IC Pump
  • Speedriven Heat Exchanger
  • Speedriven Rear Tank
  • Speedriven Idler Pulleys
  • Speedriven Methanol Kit
  • Speedriven Scorpion Intakes
  • AMG Brake Kit

Kamil is planning on upgrading the turbos later this summer but only after he cracks the 10 second mark. Armed with his knew equipment Kamil strapped the CL600 onto a Mustang Dyno.

Speedriven CL600 on Dyno

Speedriven CL600 on Dyno

He shared the results with us:

1st run was with windshield solvent spraying (in case you did not know the windshield solvent does have methanol) this run was done in 3rd gear.

625RWTQ
533RWHP

2nd run was with the meth system turned off this was done also in 3rd gear

641RWTQ
528RWHP

3rd run was done in 4th gear with the meth system turned on

756RWTQ
527RWHP

“She was getting hot after the runs, I think a little bit more tweaking needs to be done and a dyno tune to come shortly and this car will make some serious power just the way it sits. I’m happy how the numbers are now since they are on the low reading Mustang dyno and TQ in 4th gear pull is amazing, on a dyno jet it would be around 830RWTQ range. “

With the dyno numbers in it was time for Kamil to head to the drag strip. Kamil’s best run on the day was a 11.275 pass. While he didn’t break into the 10’s, he’s on the right path. Before his next track visit Kamil plans on tweaking the car some more to correct what he believes is an issue losing boost and transmission slippage. Next time out he’ll also elect to run with his 16 inch track set up in order to get his 60s down.

CL600 Timeslip

11.275 Timeslip

16 inchers ready for Hoosiers

16 inchers ready for Hoosiers

We’ll continue to monitor Kamil’s quest to break into the 10’s. We’re confident he’ll get there because when Kamil commits to a build he goes all out. Case in point, his last project was to build the most aggressively stanced AMG in the Midwest:

Kamil's Previous SL55

Kamil’s Previous SL55

Kamil's previous ride - SL55 AMG on DPE Wheels

Kamil’s previous ride – SL55 AMG on DPE Wheels

Kamil's SL55 AMG aggressive as it gets on DPE's

Kamil’s SL55 AMG aggressive as it gets on DPE’s

Did that.

Check out his build thread on MBword.

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SL65 wide body build

Mid-America Cartell Intro and Project

What it means to be an automotive enthusiast has a lot of different definitions to a lot of different people. No definition is better than the other and what it means to you, is what it means to you.

I’m an enthusiast because my everyday passion for cars has always and will always make my life that much more enjoyable. It’s an incredible experience to obtain a vehicle that speaks to your soul and modifying that vehicle until it is a part of your DNA. Being able to share that experience with fellow enthusiasts who are dedicated to the same lifestyle is half the fun.

We come together collectively to share and advance the automotive enthusiast experience which makes each of our individual enthusiast experience that much better. I can’t imagine trying to execute any build without the contributions of my fellow petrol heads. The shops and vendors that help bring my vision to life, the organizers of events where I get to show off my hard work and the strangers on message boards who don’t hesitate to take the time to help me overcome an obstacle.

Mercedes SL Vossen Wheels

My first round of cosmetic mods: carbon fiber front and rear spoilers, blacked out single slat grille and graphite Vossen CV3.

My SL65 AMG wide body project wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of the automotive enthusiast community. This website will serve as my contribution, my thank you.

Mid-America Cartell will showcase tales of car culture from the automotive enthusiasts who live it, the shops who build it, the companies who supply it, the car shows that celebrate it and the automotive photographers who capture it.

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The Mid-America Cartell x Strasse Sport x BenzWorks x D2 Forged x oCarbon x Speedriven x Prior Design SL65 AMG wide body build will be wrapping up soon and I’ll have complete update.

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