MERCEDES-BENZ SLR McLAREN ROADCAR - INTRODUCTION
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a car bred from the passion of racing and the knowledge gained from it. It is the perfect synthesis of usability and comfort, tradition and innovation, the past and the future.
By combining the best of Mercedes-Benz; comfort, safety, reliability; together with the best of McLaren; vehicle packaging, dynamics and innovation the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a truly unique and unrivalled supercar. By taking inspiration from the original 300SLR roadster and "Uhlenhaut Coupe“, and the Team McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car, the breathtaking performance, striking looks and the use of lightweight materials, creates an unforgettable driving experience.
Engineered by McLaren Automotive in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is manufactured at a unique assembly facility at the McLaren Technology Centre.
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This experience starts with the exterior of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren featuring classical styling elements from the legendary SLR racing cars of the 1950s blended with the sophisticated, avantgarde design language of both the latest Mercedes passenger car models and of the modern-day Team McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 cars.
The long, sweeping lines of the bonnet, the succinctly styled air exits in the wings that ventilate the engine bay, the eye-catching side exhaust pipes, the compact tail and the dihedral doors all breathe life into the SLR legend. Yet the styling is also functional, featuring advanced aerodynamics learnt from the world of Formula 1. The SLR features ground effect for stability and an airbrake for increased downforce and stability under braking.
Just like its legendary predecessor of 1955, this SLR also incorporates new technological developments ahead of their time. The innovation begins with the body of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, made entirely from carbon fibre composite. Carbon fibre offers a weight advantage of around 50% over steel and energy absorption 4-5 times higher than steel or aluminium.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren uses these properties to its advantage as the world's first series-produced car with a front crash structure made entirely from carbon fibre. Weighing just 3.4 kilograms each the 620-millimetre longitudinal crash cones absorb the entire energy of the crash in a head-on collision without exceeding tolerable deceleration values for the occupants. In an impact the fibres of these elements shred from front to rear with precisely calculated deformation behaviour, ensuring constant deceleration.
The passenger cell of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is also made entirely from carbon fibre. In a head-on, side or rear-end collision, it offers the passengers an extremely rigid, safe survival zone just like a Formula 1 race car.
This safety cell is formed by the 'roof spider', a single one piece moulding that comprises of the sills, the door and windscreen apertures and the roof frame. At the rear, two internal longitudinal members made from laminated carbon fibre and a robust cross member take on the task of energy absorption in the event of a crash - as a rule the passenger cell remains structurally unaffected.
This unique level of safety is complemented by two-stage adaptive front airbags, side airbags which protect the head, and knee airbags.
At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is the engine, uniquely located behind the front axle line in the interests of optimum weight distribution, optimum dynamic handling and high stability under braking.
Hand built by AMG the 5439cc, supercharged V8 engine develops a peak output of 460 kW/626 hp and delivers its maximum torque of 780 Nm from 3250 rpm - a figure which remains constant across a broad engine speed range of up to 5000 rpm.
The engine is fitted with a dry-sump lubrication system to achieve a lower centre of gravity, also improving the dynamic capabilities of the car. It drives through a five-speed automatic transmission fitted with the AMG Speedshift R program that offers three manual driving modes: Sport, Supersport and Race, significantly shortening the shift times further for an even sportier drive.
This helps to deliver performance figures which are among the best in its class: taking just 3.8 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, it passes the 200 km/h mark after 10.6 seconds, and from a standing start it takes just 28.8 seconds to reach 300 km/h. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren has a top speed of 334 km/h.