AC Schnitzer creates fastest production diesel car

Don’t get me wrong, I love, LOVE the rumble and power from a big V8 in any and every iteration.  Heck, it’s practically un-American to not try and shoehorn that 350 you have sitting out in the garage into your wifes old Volvo 240.  They go together like fried chicken and spaetzle (no really, try it sometime).   But where is the diesel love?  Ok, that isn’t completely fair.  Diesels are HUGE here but only if you want to drive a big-ass truck wherever you go.   Your selection is pretty limited stateside.  You have an OK selection of VW’s and Mercedes’ and a few other oddballs but nothing spectacular.  On the other side of the pond is a completely different story…
From the land of Spaten und Bratwurst comes the world’s fastest production diesel car.  The ACS3 3.5d by supertuner AC Schnitzer is guaranteed to knock your socks off and leave you in a cloud of smoke.
Based on the BMW 335d, it’s capable of hitting a top speed of 179 mph (288.7 km/h on the Deartháir patented conversion chart).  Let’s see your moms Mercedes 300TD top that!
Source: AC-Schnitzer, Motor Ward, BMW Coop
Photo credit: Motor Ward

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  1. muthalovin Avatar

    mmmm. schnitzer….

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  3. joshuman Avatar

    World record car or not, it's a shame they had to put all kinds of crazy decals all over the thing.

    1. Jo_Schmo Avatar

      I thought the same thing. At least it would not be too difficult to remove them.

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    Saw a buddy of mine loading his diesel F250 up with plastic containers of used fryer oil in back of one of the restaurants here, this afternoon. He told me that he just runs the used oil through three steps of filters and mixes it fifty-fifty with regular diesel fuel. Doesn't need a tank heater that way, and the truck runs fine on it. There's probably no reason you couldn't do the same thing with this monster. I kinda like that idea, running what must be an incredibly sophisticated and technologically advanced engine on used vegetable oil. Half a tank's worth, anyway.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Interesting. Does he have to replace fuel filters more frequently?

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        That's what I asked him. After filtering the grease, it removes the funk, and it doesn't clog the filters. Next time I see the guy, I'll question him about this process in detail, maybe go over to his place with some beer and check out his setup. Take some pictures. Maybe Dearthair would think it's worth a short article.
        Processing used fryer grease into actual biodiesel is a fairly involved process involving heating the stuff, filtering it, treating it with something like benzene, fairly involved but doable. Running straight used grease needs filtering like my buddy Sticks is involved with, but then you need a tank heater if it gets cool outside. What Sticks is doing, mixing the stuff with diesel, sounds like a happy medium and the least amount of hassle.

        1. jo_schmo Avatar

          Write it up and send it into the submission link. I think an article on a homebrew biodiesel operation would be awesome.

        2. Alff Avatar

          Yeah, I've looked into it a couple of times and considered trading my gas Dodge for a Cummins to do it, but then gas prices came back down. I never considered a blend. Seems like it could be a pretty elegant solution.

        3. Manic_King Avatar

          Here in Europe "real" biodiesel (i.e. the stuff car co.-s have OK'd, sold in gas stations ) is made out of input of rapeseed-,palm- or similar oil, approx. 9 parts + 1 part of chemicals (methanol, Sodium Methylate + different improvers e.g. for cold resistance, antioxidants etc.). This process then produces about 1 part of raw glycerol + 9 parts of high quality biodiesel.
          I believe just filtered frying oil is quite risky and not good enough for hi-tech diesels like this BMW.

    2. muthalovin Avatar

      In Austin, it seems that all the old Mercs and a few VWs run on that new fangle bio-diesel. I would love to see this thing, and smell delicious French Fries as it flew by.

    3. om_nom_de_plume Avatar

      It is getting exceptional hard to do that now… there are several companies running retrieval services, wise to the bio/reclaimed fuel trends.
      More PAH! to him though for being able to regularly do that!

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        This is a small town, and we all know each other. The owner of the restaurant and Sticks are good buddies, and the restaurant would just have to pay to dispose of the stuff anyway. I think another restaurant here saves the used grease in a big plastic container for somebody, and the most popular one here still pays a truck to show up and take the stuff away. I assume they have to pay the company, anyway. Once again, all I have to do is ask. I see the guy every day.

        1. coupeZ600 Avatar

          What I've found/figured out is that the older "mechanical" injection engines will burn damn near anything (Boss filled a truck with unleaded once, and it ran fine with about a fifty/fifty mix until the next driver went to fuel and smelled it and then we drained the tank) and they actually like the bio-diesel mixed in with the new Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel because the oil helps lubricate the injectors. The newer "electronic" engines, not so much. Any impurity in the fuel makes the ECU think that there's a problem with the emissions, and the fault-codes can go all over the place. I'm dealing with mainly the mid-size Freightliners/Internationals that are a couple of years old, but I know the City of Flagstaff has had some similar issues burning B20 in the full-size 2009 Mack snow-plows that have the urea tank and the occasional "Please Wait For EGR Regeneration'' phase. One of the wrenches was showing me his computer the other day that unequivocally stated that the problem was in the power-steering or PTO. The truck would barely run. It was obviously a fuel-delivery issue, but the 'puter was continually pointing out ancillary problems, rather than the obvious "motor ain't feeling real good". Freely admit I don't know much (read: nothing) about newer pick-up engines

      2. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Best solution I heard was a pizza (or Mexican food?) place that had all their delivery trucks running on either WVO or biodiesel made from their own byproducts.

  5. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Need to figure out how to shoehorn that into my Jeep…

  6. engineerd Avatar

    I wonder if their next project will be the AC/DC Schnitzer all-electric vehicle.

  7. Christian Thalacker Avatar
    Christian Thalacker

    1960s. C111-II Diesel. Nardo track. 1970s.
    With an i5 cylinder.