Back in 2011 Glenn started collecting parts, chassis and engines for a car inspired by the 1934-35 Mercedes W25 racing car. The body design of the W25 was fascinating; therefore, the idea of building a streamliner one day, a pre-war streamliner quickly grabbed the two. For such some Buick Straight-8 engines were collected but a clear vision of shape was missing. It took a few more years until the vision of the Streamliner became more concrete and got finally kicked off in 2019. However, the inspiration was Frank Lockhart's Stutz Black Hawk Streamliner from 1928, but the boys wanted a Streamliner with a straight 16-cylinder engine.
Mercedes W154 Rekordwagen (1938) Dessau, Germany
Pendine Sands VHRA Hot Rod Races 2022
Kalle and Glenn held on to this visualization for a long time but then, as so often happens, chance played into their hands: While surfing the Internet, Glenn saw a video of the legendary Rudolf Caracciola driving a Mercedes Streamliner from 1938. The body design of the Streamliner was simply stunning and in a split second, the pure idea came into reality: the new project would be inspired by this record-breaking car (W154 from 1937-38).
That was the birth of the Streamliner C-16
THE AWARD-WINNING FIRST OF ITS KIND STRAIGHT 16CYL. POWERED STREAMLINER… WE CALL IT "RECREATING HISTORY"
- Hand build steel and aluminium body
- Length 6,2m
- Width 2,2m
- Fender’s front 2,5m
- Fender’s rear 2,6m
- Weight 2200 kg
- 1938 Chevrolet Truck chassis
- 1940 Ford Truck front suspension
- Chevrolet 10 bolt. 1:2.73, rear axel
- 21” steel wheels, total diameter 32” with Blockley tires
- Buick straight 16 engine (2x 248.1 cu.in. / 4.1L/each)
- Twin carburettor intake with 4 x 97 big Stromberg carburettors
- Estimated 200-250 hp
- 1938 / 3 speed Buick transmission
- 16 straight pipes as exhaust system, just as a pre-war aircraft
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2022 AWARD WINNER
2022 RECORD HOLDER
Kilomètre Lancé AWARD
We are delighted to announce that the Streamliner C-16, designed by Glenn and Kalle, has won the prestigious 2022 Design Award at the Kilomètre Lancé event. The award was presented by a panel of esteemed judges including Tony Hatter, Prof. James Kelly, Harm Lagaaij, Stephen Murkett, Frank Rinderknecht, and Britta Pukall. The design philosophy of the founders, Prof. James Kelly and Tobias Aichele, was followed in the evaluation process, emphasizing the importance of full acceleration and the sensory experience of vehicles at high speeds. As they say, "A car or motorbike appeals to all the senses when sprinting." The Streamliner C-16's remarkable performance and sensory impact made it a standout winner.
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