SILVER MCLAREN SLR: When the production version of the Mercedes SLR finally breaks cover in Frankfurt this September, the war between Mercedes and Ferrari will have shifted from the world’s Formula 1 circuits to the street.
The 205-mph rival for Ferrari’s 575M Maranello closely resembles the Vision SLR concept unveiled by Mercedes at the 1999 Detroit show, but it has undergone subtle aerodynamic modifications to improve 150-plus-mph stability. Mercedes has gone back to the ’50s 300SLR sports racer and reinvented the air brake. A higher rear end now includes a spoiler that rises according to speed and, in an emergency stop, extends to full height to help braking.
Styled by Germans Steffen Köhl and Gorden Wagener, the SLR was engineered under Gordon Murray, the South African engineer responsible for co-developer McLaren’s landmark F1 supercar. But whereas the BMW V-12-powered McLaren was mid-engined, the SLR has its supercharged V-8 mounted in front.
Mercedes-Benz boss Jürgen Hubbert says, “With the SLR, Mercedes has taken a new approach to styling-away from the well-worn mid-engine approach.” Early on, Hubbert and Murray, technical director for McLaren Cars, argued over the car’s basic layout. Murray favored a contemporary mid-engine F1 design. Hubbert, despite wanting to draw a technical link with Formula 1, argued that because the SLR would wear a three-pointed star it should be front-engined like every other Mercedes built for the street.
Taking this Silver Mclaren SLR to the next level. Keith from Import Hookup decided a set of 21×9.5 | 21×12.5 R11-R’s in our Duo Series configuration would be a proper fit for the SLR. The R11-R adds a touch of aggressiveness to the already aggressive sleek body the SLR sports. Complementing the silver paint, the Brushed Double Tint (Gloss) finish proves to be the proper combo for this build. Let us know what you think about this build!
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