2003 Mercedes CLK with a Turbo M104 Inline-Six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

Team Lovetap is a Swedish drift team started by driver and fabricator Mårten Stångberg. The team also includes mechanics Christopher Reinholdsson, Robin Carlsson, Stefan Engström, Jesper Jumisko, Edvin Olsson, Joel Haglund, and media/spotter Sebastian Simonsson. Mårten competes in a special 2003 Mercedes CLK we first covered in 2015. Since then the car has seen a lot of action.

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

The car is powered by a 3.2 L M104.992 inline-six using stock pistons, forged 144 mm rods, main girdle, custom intake and exhaust manifolds, custom dry sump system, and BorgWarner EFR 9180 turbocharger. Fuel is fed to the inline-six through Bosch 2200 cc injectors and Nuke Performance fuel rail. Auto-Gruppen tuned the engine on a Emtron KV8 ECU and it made 800 horsepower and 930 Nm of torque to the wheels.

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

The engine is mated to a Tex Racing T101a four-speed dogbox using a Sachs Motorsports pressure plate, Tenaci Motorsport 200 mm clutch discs and flywheel. Power is sent through a 4-inch driveshaft to a BMW E34 differential modified to fit the factory Mercedes subframe. Each wheel is turned by upgraded axles with modified knuckles and BMW E34 hubs.

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

The suspension features factory Mercedes subframes with custom front and rear control arms and KW 3-way adjustable coilovers. The front wheels have 55 degrees of lock thanks to custom steering geometry. It rides on a set of Cosmis Racing XT206R wheels with 18×9.5-inch in front and 18×11-inch in back.

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

The body features a custom widebody designed by SeidoWorks. Every panel is made from FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic) except for A-pillar, C-pillar, and roof. Inside the car you find a custom six-point roll cage, Takata 6-point harness, Sparco Evo 2 seats.

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

2003 Mercedes CLK with a turbo M104 inline-six

Source: Team Lovetap (project page), Team Lovetap FB page, Auto-Gruppen FB page, and Drifted

One Comment

  1. Acc

    I’ve heard opinions that Toyotas 2JZ was heavily …”inspired” by this M104 series, which came out a year before the 2JZ (and ofc the earlier M103 and M110 series from the late 70s).

    ..looking in that engine bay I understand why

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