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RENNtech Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Trucks and racing don't normally belong in the same sentence, but a few exceptions exist – the NASCAR Craftsman series, the Dakar rally, and, of course, Pikes Peak.

The legendary hill-climb competition has bred some of the most jaw-droppingly monstrous machines known to man. It also inspired the creation of the GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Project which Mercedes-Benz tuner extraordinaire RENNtech unveiled at SEMA in 2008.

Three years later, RENNtech has revisited the concept crossover with a second version, bearing the most aggressive body kit this side of a Star Wars film set and coated in 3M's carbon-look vinyl wrap. (So, no, the body has not be recreated in actual carbon fiber.) Ostensibly based on the 3.5-liter V6 model, RENNtech's concept packs an additional electric boost developed in-house.

The show car is going on tour across America before it's retired to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Vehicle Museum in Irvine, California. Follow the jump for the press blast and video footage, and check out all the images in the mega-gallery below.

[Source: RENNtech]

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RENNtech GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car

In 2008, RENNtech unveiled the GLK350 Hybrid Pikes Peak Rally Car, a concept vehicle which won the 2008 SEMA Show Mercedes-Benz tuner build off competition. This vehicle was designed not only to turn heads as a show car, but to serve as a proof-of-concept and testament to our dedication to our core concept; performance without compromise. Fast forward nearly 3 years, countless automotive trade shows, numerous track events and extensive real world miles; the GLK Pikes Peak project has been completely revamped and restyled for a final tour in 2011 with Mercedes-Benz USA. Upon completion of the US tour schedule, the GLK will retire to a place of honor in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Vehicle Museum located in Irvine, CA as part of their permanent collection. This will be the second vehicle prepared by RENNtech that has found its way into the hallowed halls of the Mercedes-Benz Museum Collection, the first of which was the E60 RS project car built for comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

When approached with the opportunity, RENNtech completely revamped the vehicles exterior and collaborated once again with 3M Commercial Graphics Division to complement the GLK's aggressive exterior styling.

This original body kit was entirely designed and engineered by RENNtech in-house, using the latest in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and rapid prototype capabilities. The concept behind the restyling was to not only completely change the vehicles appearance, but utilize vinyl materials in finishes rarely seen in the automotive world. 3M chose the RENNtech GLK as the showpiece to revel their latest product line of 1080 Scotchprint ® textured automotive vinyl wrap. This preprinted, 3.5 mil dual cast film was applied to nearly every exterior surface of the vehicle in a stunning combination of brushed steel (1080-BR201) and black carbon fiber (1080 CF-12) with subtle red pin stripping to further accent the vehicles bold lines.
The GLK350 Pikes Peak Project will be unveiled to the public during Mercedes-Benz first leg of their tour schedule at the Pittsburgh International Automotive Show February 10-13th, 2011. Additional stops on the tour schedule include Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Denver. After its time on the road, the vehicle can be seen at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Vehicle Museum in Irvine, California.

RENNtech would like to thank the unwavering support of the following companies, with whom realizing both phases of such a large project would not have been possible.
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • 3M
  • KW Suspensions
  • Geoff's Curtain Walls
  • Nitto Tires
  • Optima Batteries
  • JRD
  • Schroth Racing
  • Technicar
  • Seibon

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      • 4 Years Ago
      am i the only one that see's lamborghini traits on that thing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's funny... I was looking at just the headline when the site loaded.. thought to myself "alright... GLK Hybrid.. can't be that bad..." and then scrolled down. I actually said out loud "Gah! What the hell is that?!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I kind of like it, but is it really fair to imply the GLK is a truck?

      Methinks not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Um... why is everyone hating on what it looks like? Have you never seen another Pikes Peak car before? this thing is relatively tame, it doesn't even have a picnic bench on the front. That being said, it's not going to race in the pikes peak so it doesn't need the ridiculously huge scoops or massive aero components.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this tuned by RENNtech or Dyson (the vacuum maker)???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this a joke?
      This is just a mess. It looks like they found body kits from other cars and pasted them on a GLK.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So all that and it won't even be competing in the race its named after??
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, I actually quite like the idea of a hybrid unlimited class PPIHC competitor in theory, but this is not the right application for it. If you're going to label a car with the Pikes Peak namesake, build it the way it deserves to be built or not at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that's................................................something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the heck is this monstrosity? Does that 747 wing on the roof give it lift or downforce? Mercedes are lead sleds out of the factory...this thing must come in right under an Abrams Tank. Superb attention to detail. I give it a 1
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for the nightmares...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know its form-follows-function with this Benz, but gosh that thing looks bloody tacky. Looks like something you'd find at Hot Import Nights 10 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I may be missing something but I don't see where this concept is even going to be raced so no, there is no function to that form.
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