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Remember the hybrid Mercedes-Benz GLK that longtime MB tuner RENNTECH was working up at SEMA? The vehicle was being made as part of a company-sponsored build-off and was going against some stiff competition from BRABUS and some not-quite-as-stiff competition from Legendary Motor Cars and the Urban Whip from Boulevard Customs. Thankfully, the RENNTECH hybrid - our favorite by a very large margin - managed to snag the top spot. In the end, it was clear that the GLK 350 Spec.R Pike's Peak rally racer was the most sophisticated machine of the four. An electric motor running on 72 volts provides 26kW (about 40 lb-ft of torque) of added electrical assistance to the car's 3.5L V6 engine. The entire machine, with all of its various spoilers, wings and flares, will race up the slope at Pikes Peak in an attempt to prove it was worthy of its recent win. Stay tuned.
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RENNtech Wins Mercedes SEMA Tuner Build-Off
After an intense, 45-day build and grueling 30 days of campaigning for votes from friends, family, and total strangers, Mercedes-Benz announced that RENNTECH has won the MBUSA GLK tuner build-off!
The competition wasn't easy, with BLVD Customs' strong GLK "Urban Whip" roadster and Brabus' slick "Widestar" each swapping positions with RENNTECH for the lead throughout. At the end of the day, however, Mercedes acknowledged that RENNTECH's sweeping program of upgrades - which included extensive engine mods, software development, aerodynamic bodywork, suspension and brake upgrades, as well as converting the GLK to hybrid drive - pushed RENNTECH's GLK 350 Spec.R Pike's Peak rally racer "over the edge".
RENNTECH would like to thank all our friends and sponsors (listed, below), this build would not have been possible without you.
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