Mercedes-Benz SLR in Chatsworth, California


Mercedes-Benz SLR in Chatsworth, California

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a grand tourer jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive, built in Portsmouth and the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England and sold from to

SLR is an abbreviation for "Sport Leicht Rennsport" (Sport Light Racing), an homage to the Mercedes-Benz SLR which served as the car's inspiration. The car was offered in coup�, roadster, and a limited edition speedster variants.

At the North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz presented their Vision SLR concept, inspired both by the Mercedes-Benz SLR Uhlenhaut Coup� of ,which was a modified Mercedes-Benz W196S race car, and the design of closed-wheel Formula One cars, a field in which Mercedes had prior experience, providing engines for McLaren bodies, as Mercedes-Benz were already designing and developing powertrains and electronics for McLaren's Formula One Team.

The production version of the car was unveiled to the general public on 17 November This version was a bit different than the concept, the adjustments included more complex vents on both sides of the car, a redesigned front with the three-pointed star plunged in the nose and red tinted rear lights.

The SLR features Sensotronic Brake Control, a type of brake-by-wire system. The brake discs are carbon-ceramic units and provide better stopping power and fade resistance than steel discs when operating under ideal working temperature. Mercedes-Benz claims these discs are fade resistant to 2,200 �F. The front discs are internally vented and measure " in diameter; eight-piston calipers are used. Rear discs are " in diameter with four-piston calipers. During wet conditions the calipers automati of the discs to keep them dry.

The SLR features active aerodynamics; there is a spoiler mounted on the rear integral air brake flap. The spoiler increases downforce depending on its angle of elevation or angle of attack. At a set speed, the spoiler/brake automati demanded via the driver's switch, the elevation can be increased to degrees for increased rear downforce, at the cost of increased steady state drag. The car has a flat underbody and a rear diffuser for improved downforce. Due to this, there was no other place for the exhaust pipes to exit, other than the sides of the car, making it another unique feature of the SLR.

The SLR has a lbs hand-built L. supercharged all-aluminum alloy, SOHC 3 valves per cylinder 90� V8 engine, with a compression ratio of 8.8:1. The engine is lubricated via a dry sump system. The Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger rotates at a maximum of 23, rpm and produces 13 psi of boost. The compressed air is then cooled via two intercoolers. The engine generates a maximum power output of HP at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of lbf�ft between 3,250 to 5,000 rpm.

McLaren took the original concept car designed by Mercedes and moved the engine " behind the front bumper, and around " behind the front axle. They also optimized the design of the center firewall.

The car uses carbon-fiber reinforced plastic construction in order to keep the weight low. The SLR could attain a top speed of mph

Car and Driver achieved a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of seconds, and a 1/4 mile time of seconds at mph. Car and Driver also achieved top gear acceleration mph and mph times of and seconds, which are the fastest ever recorded by the magazine in a production car. The SLR also pulled g on the skid pad. The magazine suggested that the times may be even lower if temperatures were lower.

Motor Trend tested the SLR and achieved a mph acceleration time of seconds in April

A total of 1,131 SLR's (all variants) were produced for the united states and only for the model year. SLR's are unquestionably one of the most sought after collectibles in the world with experts unanimously agreeing that its strongest appreciation is yet to come.

This SLR is a ONE OWNER, Clean CARFAX example and finished in ULTRA rare Crystal Palladium Gray over Silver Arrow 300SL Red Interior. The combination is absolutely stunning. Complete with Books, Two Keys, Car Cover and Battery Tender, this SLR is proud and ready to hold its own as a part of any collection. This is an immense opportunity to own of the rarest super cars in the world.

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