The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren supercar was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz
300 SLR from 1955, but the new SLR also draws heavily on F1
for design cues as well as technology.
The Mercedes Mclaren SLR is powered by a supercharged 5.5 litre,
dry sumped, 90 degree V8 developed from the Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. This engine produces
626 hp at 6500rpm, and 780 Nm (575 ft lbs) of torque at 3250
- 5000 rpm.
Unlike most supercars of the era, which are mid-engine, the
SLR's engine is positioned in front of the cab. Although it
sits far enough back over the front axle to be called 'mid-front'.
The brake discs on the Mercedes Mclaren SLR are carbon-ceramic,
these provide better stopping power and fade resistance (up
to 1000°C) than conventional steel discs. They also apply
themselves automatically in the wet to clean the film of water
off the disks, however the pressure applied is not enough for
the driver to notice.
The small rear spoiler deploys under heavy breaking to keep
the rear of the SLR stable and firmly planted to the road.
The bodywork is carbon-fibre and the front substructure is designed
to deform in a collision and protect the occupants.
Unlike most Mercedes models which are built in Germany, The
Mercedes-Benz Mclaren SLR is built in the UK.
Similar and related vehicles:
Mercedes SLS AMG