History of the MercedesBenz SLR McLaren

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Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR

History of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

The SLR is one of the most iconic names in the of automotive and racing. From the Arrows to the Mille Miglia, drivers like Juan Fangio and Stirling Moss to like Mercedes and McLaren, the SLR it all.

The roots of the Mercedes-Benz SLR could be traced back to the an era which marked both the and worst in auto racing for The German manufacturer has been throughout its history in motorsports.

At the of its success the Silberpfeilen (Silver made in Stuttgart dominated in One, sports car racing and It was in those days Mercedes the iconic 300 SLR. Because of its construction the sports car was dubbed an abbreviation of Sport, Leight, which could be translated as Light, Racing’. The SLR was initially as W196S, but Mercedes’ marketing wasn’t pleased with “uninspiring name” and came up the 300 SLR. Although the name otherwise, the car wasn’t based on the 300 SL Gullwing.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was based on the Mercedes-Benz which was driven by Juan Fangio and Stirling Moss in the and 1955 Formula One seasons. The was not only the fastest, but also the technologically advanced car on the track. And it was the most successful as it won nine of the races in which it started. The 300 SLR was developed for and used in the 1955 Sportscar Championship season. In series of important endurance and racing events the Benz was very successful as Mercedes won the with the 300 SLR.

The most victory was without a doubt the Miglia, an almost 1,600km road race through Stirling Moss and his navigator Jenkinson entered the race in Mercedes bearing the now famous 722. This number was according to their start (7:22 AM). The British and co-pilot won the Thousand Miles a record breaking average of 157.65km/h. Moss stated the 300 SLR was greatest sports car ever ‒ really an unbelievable machine”.

the winning streak of Mercedes with the horrible crash at Le During the 1955 edition of the race, Pierre Levegh’s 300 SLR into a crowd, killing the and more than 80 spectators. this tragedy, Mercedes-Benz from all factory-sponsored motorsport. four decades followed the Mercedes returned to the highest of auto racing.

The man who created the W196 and 300 SLR was motorsport Rudolf Uhlenhaut. He wanted to a street-legal version of the 300 SLR by combining the going 300 SL Gullwing with the race car. Uhlenhaut’s was a create a sports car which be used for testing and preparations for the season. Two road-legal SLRs built, they became as the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé and were as the world’s fastest cars in days. Because of the tragedy at Le followed by Mercedes’ withdrawal, the became obsolete. So Uhlenhaut one as his own company car. And according to it was indeed quite fast. The goes that Rudolf was late for a meeting, so he used the Autobahn to travel the 220km Stuttgart in Munich in just an hour.

Many years before Mercedes returned to One, this time not as but as an engine supplier to Sauber in But in 1995 Mercedes moved to the British team which the eighties with Nika and especially Ayrton Senna and Prost. During this era was responsible for seven drivers’ and six constructors’ championships. But when joined McLaren, the team was The last race was won in 1993. But the partnership resulted in victories, and Häkkinen became with world champion in 1998 and Inspired by this success ‒ and the fact Mercedes’ parent DaimlerChrysler held a majority of the Group’s shares ‒ the relationship McLaren and Mercedes was extended the street.

The result of the collaboration between the two of auto racing was the conceptual Vision SLR, which was in 1999. The name and styling its predecessors from the fifties. The was based on the SL-Class (R129) and the best of Mercedes and McLaren. It was to combine luxury, comfort, and of course Mercedes’ racing with the sportive character, and engineering of McLaren. Four later Mercedes presented an and almost production ready named the Vision SLR Roadster.

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR

Finally production of the Mercedes SLR started in 2003 at the McLaren Centre in Woking, England. than 500 units were to customers during the first year of production.

The SLR McLaren is by 5.4 liter V8 equipped with a producing 0.9 bar of boost. The hand-built AMG is positioned behind the front and delivers 626 horsepower at 6,500rpm. The torque of 780Nm is available 3,250rpm and remains at this up to 5,000rpm. The front-mid engine is with a five-speed automatic which transfers the power to the wheels.

Thanks to all of this, the SLR is able to accelerate from to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, although is has reported in some tests the car could accelerate even The SLR reaches the 200 mark after seconds and the 300 is hit in 28.8 seconds. The mile is done within seconds and the top speed is at 334km/h.

For power the SLR McLaren is fitted carbon ceramic brakes with an another remarkable the adaptable spoiler which as airbrake. Once pioneered by director of motorsports Alfred who introduced this concept at Le in 1955, the SLR McLaren uses an to help the carbon ceramic If the driver steps heavily on the the rear spoiler rises to an of 65 degrees, thus creating aerodynamic drag and stability and boosting the deceleration. When 100km/h, it takes no more 34.9 meters to come to a standstill. Another reference to the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé are the exhaust placed on the side of the car.

The body is made from fiber in order to add more strength, safety, and to save Despite the use of this lightweight the total curb weight of the SLR is making it heavier than like the Aston Martin DBS Ferrari 599 GTB, Lamborghini Porsche Carrera GT. Nevertheless the performance is on par with its rivals.

In the SLR was succeeded by the more powerful and more aggressive styled SLR Mclaren 722 Edition. The number refers to the starting number of Moss’ Mille Miglia Mercedes Benz 300 SLR. The of the 722 Edition was upgraded and delivered now The performance increased as well, the 722 sprints from standstill to in only 3.6 seconds, and 200km/h is in just 10.2 seconds. The speed of 337km/h is above the of the standard SLR. Furthermore the increased in size, and the exterior a small upgrade as well. In to the coupe version a roadster of the SLR entered the market in 2007. The featured the same power and specs as its closed sibling. SLR McLaren 722 Coupe and SLR McLaren visible in gallery below)

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR

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