Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Is Perhaps The Most Elegant Drift Car On The Planet

Building a drift car requires a lot of money, time and patience and, most importantly, a proper rear-wheel drive machine to start with. But what would you say to a Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG heavily converted for drifting?

We kid you not, an Oakland resident did just that. As you can imagine, his ride hides a lot of modifications beneath the body panels.

Since there’s not exactly a market for E-Class drift cars, its owner had to fabricate and improvise a lot, and was helped by his buddy, who happens to be the CEO of a company specialized in selling car parts for European models.

Equipped with a hydraulic handbrake, gearshift buttons mounted on the Momo steering wheel, KW suspension, larger limited-slip differential and a lot of other improvised, adapted or hand-built parts, this E55 AMG is one serious machine.

Also Watch: Here’s What To Look For When Buying A W211 Mercedes E55 AMG

Its owner went as far as keeping the original safety systems, but messing around with the electronics to be able to override them at will. Thus, the car is ready to powerslide at will, and on the way home, the driver can simply flip a switch and turn on the traction control and ABS.

Yes, you read that right, on the way home, because the E55 is still street legal, despite being a drift car. It also retains the air conditioning, heated seats, electric curtains and other amenities worthy of an executive car, which is said to have been fitted with every optional extra available when it was made in 2003.

The 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine is still found under the hood, married to a five-speed automatic transmission.

This is a finished project, so naturally, the owner is looking for a new build. He has yet to decide what car to buy and transform into an even more potent drifter. As for the E55 AMG, it will be displayed at his buddy’s company located on the East Coast.

 

more photos...
  • Bash

    A merc like no other! Cool.

  • Marty

    Elegant? A 15 year old Mercedes that’s been modded by people who like to drift is the pure definition of “inelegant” in my world. Unless you think “gentleman” means a chain-smoking Bulgarian in Adidas pants. 😀

    • SteersUright

      lol. hilarious.

2020 Toyota Supra Driver Floors It, Crashes Right Into A Tree

The driver was probably trying out some kind of mod, but lost control of the Supra and crashed into a tree.

2020 Audi S8 Offers Supercar Performance Wrapped In Comfort And Luxury

The S8 has a rather discreet styling, but with 563 HP and a plethora of safety and comfort features, it’s very tempting.

Holden’s Project Monaro Is A Wonderful One-Off – And You Can Win It

The one-off Holden Monaro in question is painted Panoramo Blue Suede.

2019 LA Auto Show Preview: A-To-Z Guide To All The Debuts

Here’s a full list of all the world and North American vehicle premieres happening at the 2019 LA Auto Show .

Bad Driver Gets Instant Karma After Near Collision

Following the close call, the driver cut off a cop and got pulled over.

2020 Mercedes GLA Will Debut In “A Few Weeks”

Mercedes will reportedly skip auto shows and debut the 2020 GLA online.

1954 Jaguar XK120 Needs More Than A Dust-Off To Be Brought Back To Life

The classic Jaguar XJ120 will be auctioned off online between November 20 and 27 for an estimated $32k-35k.

Is This The Steering Wheel From The 2021 Corvette Z06?

If so, the Z06’s steering wheel will have carbon inserts and a red center line marker.

Consumer Reports Names The Chevrolet Camaro And Colorado The Least Reliable Cars In America

Chevrolet had the worst models, but Cadillac was rated the least reliable brand.

Customers Dumping Chevrolet And Ford Following The Death Of The Cruze And Focus

Cruze and Focus owners are now buying Civics and Corollas.