1999 Mercedes-Benz Vision SLR
This Vision SLR is the begining of a joint project between DaimlerChrysler and McLaren Cars Ltd. The two companies have invested over 200 million Euros to make a supercar that will rival the McLaren F1. The SLR will reflect the heritage, philosophies and styling of Mercedes-Benz and will be produced utilising the latest state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques at the new TAG McLaren facilities currently under construction in Woking, England.
Through the concept of the Mercedes-Benz SLR, DaimlerChrysler and McLaren intend to ensure the transfer of technology and image from their successful Formula 1 partnership to series production, while at the same time reviving the myth of the Silver Arrows with this super sports car.
Prof. JÃ¼rgen Hubbert, the DaimlerChrysler board member responsible for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars: By designing and producing the Mercedes-Benz SLR, we will once again underline our globally leading position in the field of technical innovations. The Mercedes-Benz SLR is an incomparable combination of the brand’s characteristic design, future-oriented innovation and unparalleled safety, quality and performance – in this way, it will become the benchmark for 21st Century sports cars. McLaren is the ideal partner for us to develop and produce the Mercedes-Benz SLR in close cooperation.
The fascinating bodywork design, clearly identifying the super sports car as a Mercedes-Benz, is characterised by the balanced integration of traditional and modern styling elements. The front section – with Mercedes’ characteristic four-eye face-, arrow-shaped front and distinctive double wings at the lower tip of the front end – reflects the fascination of the current McLaren Mercedes Silver Arrow design.
Story by Daimler Chrysler, edited by Supercars.net
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Concept / Prototype Car|
|valvetrain||SOHC 3 Valves / Cyl.|
|displacement||5439 cc / 331.9 in³|
|power||415.4 kw / 557.1 bhp @ 6500 rpm|
|specific output||102.43 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||397.93 bhp per tonne|
|torque||720.0 nm / 531.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|front wheels||F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 50.8 x 25.4 cm / 20.0 x 10.0 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist|
|curb weight||1400 kg / 3086 lbs|
|wheelbase||2660 mm / 104.7 in|
|front track||1546 mm / 60.9 in|
|rear track||1600 mm / 63.0 in|
|length||4564 mm / 179.7 in|
|width||1878 mm / 73.9 in|
|height||1242 mm / 48.9 in|
|top speed||~318.7 kph / 198.0 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~4.2 seconds|