Driving pleasure has been written large at AC Schnitzer for 20 years. And happily, nothing will change for the 62nd IAA. But this goal can be reached in a totally alternative way, as the launch of the superb AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED shows. This high-performance coupé has LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) drive, where power and efficiency, economy and ecology, meet in an exciting study.
As if the extravagant exterior of the project vehicle, based on the current 3-series coupé, were not enough, under the bonnet growls the V10 engine of the current M5/M6 which AC Schnitzer is presenting at the show for the first time in bivalent design: The vehicle has a fully sequential LPG system with two parallel 5-cylinder vaporizers.
There’s no loss of power or dynamics. The engine, tuned with a remapped control unit and modified exhaust tract with sports catalyst and exhaust manifold, develops 552 HP/406 kW and produces up to 540 Nm at the crankshaft. In itself, that’s 45 horses more than the M5/M6.
But why power this with LPG? Liquified Petroleum Gas is a sensible alternative to normal petrol fuel, both economically and ecologically, and after corresponding conversion can be burned in almost any petrol engine. Per litre, LPG is not only cheaper than petrol but produces around 15 percent less CO2 from the exhaust. With over 2700 filling stations in Germany alone, fuel supplies are guaranteed everywhere, and the 80 litre gas tank fits on board with the original 60 litre petrol tank. So you can switch between fuels at any time. In any case, acceleration is more than just acceptable.
The sprint to 100 km/h takes 4.5 seconds, and the 200 mark is passed after just 13.9 seconds. Only at 320 km/h does the pressure on your back begin to ease. Nimble enough to show the rear lights to many powerful sports cars.
And to match the power of the acceleration, there’s the brakes on the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED: At the front, 8-pot fixed calliper brakes with perforated and vented discs size 374 x 36 mm, at the rear a 4-pot brake system with 350 x 24 mm discs.
The Suspension Technology
Traction alone isn’t everything, and the dynamics are supported by a height adjustable racing suspension with its heritage, set up in the Green Hell of the Nürburgring. In addition the special sway bar set is responsible for even more driving stability.
The striking body design will soon bring passers-by to a stop. In conjunction with the mineral green special paintwork, the AC Schnitzer aerodynamic kit is a real eyecatcher.
The air intakes on the front wings, with their characteristic chrome ribs, and the rear 60 mm wheelarch extensions, are particularly successful.
The rear styling with its special contours and the rear skirt with integral diffuser, the rear roof wing with carbon centre part, are as aesthetically pleasing as the powerful front skirt with its coarse-mesh sports grille.
The latter makes an effective contribution to the breathing of the oxygen-hungry five-litre engine.
AC Schnitzer has created a feast for all the senses with the GP3.10 GAS POWERED, which does not stop in the interior:
The interior of the AC Schnitzer PROFILE is a combination of developments from the AC Schnitzer range which are available for many BMW models, and special one-off products. In detail:
– 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel “Evo” Nappa leather
– interior of bicolor leather, Nappa-Nubuk combination
– interior panels painted in mineral green
– instrument display with speedometer up to 330 km/h
– racing seats
– aluminium pedal set and foot rest
– aluminium handbrake handle and aluminium cover for i-Drive-System, black eloxed
– floor mats with GP 3.10 logo
For both acceleration and deceleration, it is the wheels which are permanently under full load in all manoeuvres.
Equally breathtaking for the spectator is the first sight of the racing rims Type VI. The latest creation from the Aachen wheel manufacturer combines the classic Y-spoke appearance with five striking hollow spokes and bicolor finish. Naturally these decorative elements are not just available for the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED.
The AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED is equipped with a wheel/tyre combination in:
front: 9,0J x 20″ with tyres 245/30 ZR 20
rear: 11,5J x 20″ with tyres 315/25 ZR 20
AC Schnitzer recommends high performance tyres from Continental and Michelin.