BRABUS E V12 based on the Mercedes E-Class (W 210)
sets a world record for street-legal sedans with a speed of
with 330 km/h (205 mph). Entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.
40 years of BRABUS
From a passion for fast, exclusive cars to a global player: When Bodo
founded BRABUS in 1977, he never dreamt that this company
would grow into the world’s largest independent tuner and popular manufacturer
of unique high-performance automobiles over the course of the next four decades.
The car enthusiast’s young company quickly picked up steam. Soon it was not
only Mercedes drivers from the region who brought their cars to Bottrop to have
them tastefully refined. Word about the outstanding work done by the BRABUS
team quickly spread. Consequently, it didn’t take long before cars sporting the
BRABUS logo stood out from the uniform crowd on the roads not just in all of
but also in Europe and the entire world.
In 1984, Bodo Buschmann was able to land his first big contract, at the time almost
unimaginable for its scale in this industry. Car rental specialist Erich Sixt agreed to
upgrade his rental fleet with 200 Mercedes 190 E cars equipped with BRABUS
tuning. These eye-catchers not only helped SIXT to differentiate itself from its competitors.
In addition, many of those who rented one of these always solidly booked
sedans for a day or two subsequently became loyal BRABUS customers.
Not because of this alone, the business grown on a scale by then that urgently
demanded more space. In 1986, the company moved to the new building on
Kirchhellener Strasse, which was further expanded to 112,000 square meters
(1.2 million square foot) of operating space with a large addition in 1999. Four
more plants have followed since.
Holding status as a vehicle manufacturer with the German Federal Department
of Motor Vehicles (Kraftfahrtbundesamt), BRABUS began to make quite a splash
starting in the mid-80s with such spectacular cars as a Mercedes 190 E powered
by a V8 engine or with a lightweight-design version of that same vehicle.
At the same time, development began on the world’s most extensive range of
high-performance engines for Mercedes-Benz automobiles, unchallenged to this
day. In 1992, BRABUS presented the BRABUS 6.9 increased-displacement
for the V12 power unit of the Mercedes 600 model. With a rated power
output of 375 kW / 509 HP (503 bhp), it unlocked a new performance dimension.
Today, the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement
rated at 662 kW / 900 HP (888 bhp) and producing a peak torque of
1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) represents the benchmark for powerful and durable
tuning for Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
Along the way, we collected a number of world records and consequently entries
into the Guinness Book of World Records: From an aerodynamic world record
with a BRABUS bodywork conversion kit for the W 124 model series to a host
of speed records that began with the unforgotten BRABUS E V12, which in the
body of the W 210 model series reached a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). Top
performances of this kind have always substantiated the excellent reputation we
enjoy with customers and media outlets around the globe.
Expansion of BRABUS Headquarters in Bottrop
Founding of STARTECH
Development and world premiere of the BRABUS
refinement product range for smart automobiles