For most, driving is simply a quick and simple way to get from point A to point B. However, for others, it is vocation that must be filled by high horsepower, high speeds and of course, a deep booming exhaust.
As students continue to get their driver’s license, naturally there are bound to be students that pass through WHS with a need for speed, and a car that fits the bill. One of these students is Brent Jeworski ‘20 who owns a 2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG.
“I wanted an e55 because they are the cheapest AMG on the market and they are great cars to work on because of how much room is in the engine bay,” said Jeworski.
This particular model has more than just room in the engine bay. Under the hood is a stunning 5.5 liter V8 engine that when modified can produce upwards of 400 horsepower and nearly 400 lb-ft of torque.
“That’s the thing, when you look at it, you would never know that is has 400 horsepower under the hood,” said Jeworski. “I always laugh when people tell me ‘hey why is your car so loud when it’s not even fast?’ and I just smirk and respond with ‘well that’s what you think’”.
The car’s frame has been replicated and used by Dodge as the frame for their modern challenger, hellcats, which outputs 840 horsepower and upwards of 700 lb.-ft. of torque. But the exterior has more than just a nice frame.
“The look of the car is so special because not many lowered four-door Mercedes can pull off being two inches off the ground,” said Jeworski. “The monoblock [wheels] I think are the biggest standout when it comes to looks. They just make the car look more aggressive and gives them something different that you don’t normally see in wheel design.”
Aside from the car itself, Jeworski regularly partakes in car rallies and meets, showing off his car and admiring others like it. Among the many cars he has his eyes on, one sticks out in particular.
“If I could have a different car it would probably be a [Mercedes] c63 black series AMG,” said Jeworski.
Although he is only 17, this is already his third car, among the many in his collection. Pull up to the Jeworski household and you will see a row of other W210’s ranging from a e320, e420 and his as well as his brother’s e55’s. However he explains he has something special too, a 1984 Audi Quattro, one of the rarest cars in the world and only one of two in southern California.
“We have five [W210’s],” said Jeworski. “They are just really reliable and one of our cars has just reached 260,000 miles and has never ran better. The [Audi] Quattro is special because it was the first four wheel drive car in rally racing. It was the face of Group B rally and it is the reason why modern four wheel drive cars are the way they are.”
As a self-diagnosed car fanatic, for Jeworski cars are more than a mode of transportation. Rather, they are a hobby that he loves to spend time enveloped in. Traveling to car shows, always staying updated on the latest releases and models or simply going to local car meets, Jeworski’s passion for anything surrounding cars is apparent.
“It’s my hobby,” said Jeworski. “Other people have sports and competitions. I just love working on my car and then sending it through a canyon. It’s what I look forward to.”