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Autocrossed my '99 C280 Sport (Video)

I've posted a few of my SLK55 autocross videos here before, but less than a week before the season opening Test & Tune event, the turbine speed sensor went out on my SLK55 AMG. The dealership couldn't get the conductor plate in time to replace it, so I decided to take my new-to-me C280 to the test & tune event.

No mods, completely factory stock C280 Sport with all season goodyears in front and all season dunlops in the back. I was expecting the car to plow and have excessive body roll, but I was actually very surprised with the handling. The car cornered relatively flat and neutral. The less grippy tires made it fun to kick the rear end out and it was very easy to control rather than being snappy.

That being said though, it was hard to get clean, smooth, fast runs in because of the lack of tire grip. The W202 is actually a lot of fun to drive... even with half the power of my SLK55. A lot of people were surprised with the car, including those I brought for a ride-along.

My times were about average in the 60 car field. Quicker than some less experienced drivers in Evos, WRXs, S2000s, etc. Some proper grippy tires and minor suspension mods would make this car awesome! Lowering springs and shocks along with some 17" wheels and wider/grippier tires are in my future.

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