Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Becomes Drift Car in Render, Will Offend Purists

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Becomes Drift Car in Render 1 photo
Photo: Khyzyl Saleem
Disclaimer: we're expecting the office windows to get covered in Minecraft-built rotten tomatoes after publishing the rendering we have here - after all, such a reaction coming from purists would be only normal, given the digitally-abused Mercedes-Benz 300 SL we're giving you.
This W198 icon has been turned into a drift car, wit the sliding-modded Benz being pictured in a Formula Drift setup - notice Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR Mustang looking like it's about to enter a duel with the Gullwing.

The pixel rearrangement comes from digital artist Khyzyl Saleem and we have to mention the image shouldn't come as a surprise. At least not after the British image manipulator has delivered pieces such as a Lamborghini Miura drift car in the past.

Returning to the 300 SL, the drift car conversion would have to go way beyond the engine compartment goodies visible here. For one thing, the recirculating ball steering of the original SL makes this difficult enough during a hillclimb adventure, so a more modern steering system would be a must for the slip angle realm entry - we'd expect the result to be something that makes AMG's Rote Sau look almost normal.

As strange (read: blasphemous) as a real world materialization of this digital dream would sound, we'll remind you the drifting world is currently in the midst of an effervescent offensive.

For instance, we now have the first Rolls-Royce drift car. Manhandled by Boyzone's Shane Lynch, the Silver Shadow has kept its factory 6.75-liter V8. You know, the mill that has grown up to become the engine under the hood of the contemporary Bentley Mulsanne. And yes, the once-lavish machine's three-speed slushbox has also been kept in place.

However, since the Gullwing and the Silver Shadow are not even close regarding rarity, we don't expect to see the tubular chassis Merc ending up sliding anytime soon. Then again, that's what they said about the Lexus LFA, with one of the world's only 500 examples having become a Formula Drift beast...
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Andrei Tutu
Andrei Tutu profile photo

In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories