South African man built a stunning race car and the original creator loves it

A South African man by the name of Johan Ackermann has created a Sauber-Mercedes C9 replica which remarkably, is actually street legal.

It took him more than 14 months, sometimes facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, to build a completely unique replica car, but for Johan Ackermann the completion of this project – nearly three years ago – was a life-long dream come true.

And now the resident of Gauteng’s hard work and dedication to bring this one-of-a-kind vehicle to life has been recognised – by none other than the original creator of the Le Mans-winning race car.

Read more here from Wheels 24

The impressive custom-built replica boasts a twin-turbo 3.2-litre V6 under the bonnet capable of 370hp and 332lb of torque at 5000rpm and reaching speeds of over 186mph (300km/h).


Johan Ackermann (left) and Manie Coetzee

When retired ex-BMW test driver and engineer Johan Ackermann decided to build his own V12 LMR in August last year, his motivation wasn’t the fact that this year is the 20th anniversary of the car’s famous win:

“I did not even realise this when I chose the car as my next project,” he said. “I just liked the clean lines of the car and the open-top configuration, as it looked easier to replicate. How wrong I was,” he admits. “Even without a roof it wasn’t an easy build.”

Luckily, the experience he gained with the build and assembly of his previous project, a road-legal imitation of the Group C Sauber-Mercedes C9 (he recently received a letter from Peter Sauber commending the quality of his reproduction.

However, not having enough money to complete the project didn’t, so he asked his good friend Manie Coetzee to partner with him.

Working from a 1:18 scale model Ackermann measured the dimensions to fabricate the customised chassis while Coetzee found a period correct E38 BMW 750i as donor car for the engine – a M73B54 5,379 cc V12 rated for 240 kW and 490 Nm of torque – various suspension bits and the steering system.

Read more here from Wheels 24

The car is similar to the BMW Tom Kristensen used to win Le Mans 1998.

It reminds me of the musicians playing while titanic is sinking (no, I never watched the movie). White people are creating something positive and epic while globalists and colored people are destroying everything around them.

I know it might be relatively peaceful where they live. But South Africa is only getting worse and worse.

Danish people are still trying to make things work out, even though Arabs, Africans, Eastern European, etc. are busy destroying our country and future.

South Africa

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