IM­POS­Si­BlE SWAP

Pasmag (USA) - - BOOSTED & SWAPPED -

With the car’s style ac­counted for, per­for­mance was the next step, and Brent had an un­con­ven­tional en­gine swap in mind. The M113K en­gine, cour­tesy of a 2005 Mercedes-Benz E55, was the pow­er­plant of choice. When the idea was pitched to sev­eral lo­cal shops and builders, they dis­missed and laughed at the idea. Lit­tle did they know, they were only adding fuel to his fire. When asked about his in­spi­ra­tions and in­flu­ences in the build, Brent ca­su­ally ex­tends his thanks to the com­pa­nies who told him that his mo­tor con­ver­sion would never work.

Of course, the doubts from oth­ers were not with­out merit, and the en­gine swap was in­deed the most chal­leng­ing part of the build. But with some help from ex­pert fab­ri­ca­tor Rudy Com­part of Ac­cel­er­ated In­dus­tries, the deed was done. Rudy flew from Illi­nois to Brent’s garage in Mary­land to cus­tom wire a spe­cialty har­ness for the new (or old, de­pend­ing on how you look at it) ECU and mo­tor over the course of a week­end, al­low­ing it to function prop­erly with all com­po­nents, in­clud­ing the Ea­ton twin screw su­per­charger. With all com­po­nents ready and working, the CLS500 is up to a re­spectable 440 horse­power and 505 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Not bad num­bers for a purely show-built car! Brent and his CLS500 con­tinue to take East Coast shows by storm with a fresh com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance, aes­thetic and elec­tron­ics mod­i­fi­ca­tions on an un­com­mon plat­form with an even less com­mon en­gine swap. Brent tells us he has plans for even more mods through up­com­ing sea­sons. We’ll have to wait and see where this be­spoke Mercedes-Benz build goes next.

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