ArthurDent HalfDork
June 17, 2013 12:43 p.m.

Looking just a little outgunned here ... that STi in front has more than double my power ... from just one of his cylinders! The 220D is rated at 59hp for the record.

The Mercedes 220D race car

Waiting my turn to go

In the line up

A friend of mine managed to get some great action shots - see his complete set here -

I cropped a few below:

Taking off

body roll!

Matt B SuperDork
June 17, 2013 12:52 p.m.

Real men exhibit positive camber

Dr. Hess UltimaDork
June 17, 2013 1:33 p.m.

So, you get FTD?

ultraclyde Dork
June 17, 2013 1:38 p.m.

awesome. So how's PAX scoring work using hours?

David S. Wallens Editorial Director
June 17, 2013 1:42 p.m.

Okay, that's pretty sweet.

ArthurDent HalfDork
June 17, 2013 1:51 p.m.

I didn't get the slowest time of the day but I was the slowest overall. I've only auto-x'd a few times so certainly no expert. PAX didn't seem to give me too much of a bump. In fact my PAX seemed lower than a Rx-8. I dunno - it was just for fun for me anyway. Here are the times -

bgkast HalfDork
June 17, 2013 2:40 p.m.

Sweet! I've toyed with autocrossing mine, but haven't been able to find a stopwatch with an hour hand.

penultimeta New Reader
June 17, 2013 2:43 p.m.

Awesome! I have a strange desire to do something similar with a w123 300D turbo.

Vigo UltraDork
June 17, 2013 2:47 p.m.

That is a very cool car and some very cool photos. Thanks for posting up!

June 17, 2013 2:51 p.m.

That's a momentum car if there ever was one.

ArthurDent HalfDork
June 17, 2013 4:33 p.m.

It did better than I though considering a lot of the bushings are 40+ years old. No power steering either. A novice driver and a slow car!

crankwalk HalfDork
June 17, 2013 5:21 p.m.

The big girl is getting down!

m4ff3w UltraDork
Dec. 9, 2013 11:28 a.m.

How is this car holding up?

Could I live with one of these as a daily driver?

Dr. Hess MegaDork
Dec. 9, 2013 11:55 a.m.

I had one as a DD, maff. I suggest Something Else. Calling your shots when pulling out in traffic is a bit much, as in "Oh, there's a car coming and it's 2 miles away. I better wait." and finding one that hasn't 85% returned to the earth is going to be challenging. 26 MPG on Diesel. Cold AC from the York compressor that takes about 20% of engine output.

bgkast Dork
Dec. 9, 2013 12:11 p.m.
m4ff3w wrote: How is this car holding up? Could I live with one of these as a daily driver?

Spring for the 240D, or better yet the 300D if you want to attempt to keep up with traffic.

ValuePack SuperDork
Dec. 9, 2013 12:57 p.m.

Freakin' rad! Liking the LTD as well.

noddaz Dork
Dec. 9, 2013 1:03 p.m.


Dec. 9, 2013 1:08 p.m.


ArthurDent HalfDork
Dec. 9, 2013 2:43 p.m.

In response to the daily driver query - I daily drove it for 7-8 months. Did just fine with very low running costs. I've parked it for the winter as I don't have a place to plug it in at work and temperatures can get cold during the winter (down to -40 for a couple days a year). It IS slow but not as bad as you'd think. Just roll down the window and take it easy!

ZOO SuperDork
Dec. 9, 2013 2:58 p.m.

And is that an LTD LX with the 5.0 in line, too? Two things I've NEVER seen together at any event.

ArthurDent HalfDork
Dec. 9, 2013 3:43 p.m.

Yup! Its an-ex Police car. The guy who drives really knows how to make it dance though the cones too.

Ford LTD

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