Piper Motorsport has built a Frankenstein Benz by installing a everything from a C63 AMG including engine, transmission, driveline, suspension, brakes, fire wall, dash and electronics into a mid-80’s Mercedes 190E. Simply put they are dropping the body on a C63 AMG W204 chassis.
The 6.2 L M156 V8 was developed exclusively by AMG. This engine shares very little with other Mercedes engine as the bore spacing and block design are unique to this engine. The M156 uses a 102.2 mm (4.023 in) bore, 94.6 mm (3.72 in) stroke and a 109 mm (4.29 in) bore spacing. The engine produces between 451-480 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.
To get the combination to work the team had to modify just about everything. They had to shorten the W204 chassis, build custom hood hinges and a custom grill support. The shock towers were raised to work with the lower ride height and suspension travel. The front suspension points were moved inward 20 mm on each side. The oil coolers had to be relocated and the dash was modified to fit the 190E interior.
The team spent a massive amount of work reinforcing the body by integrating a roll cage into the A, B, and C pillars and adding 2×2 box frame rocker panel reinforcing and finally stitching it all together.
To make the looks match the performance the team has installed a 190 EVO 2 body kit. This includes fender flares, bumpers, side skirts and rear wing. I can’t wait for this project to be finished and racing around the track.