US GP: Mercedes- Benz supercar

STREET LEGAL SILVER ARROW As Close to Formula One on the Road As You Can Get MONTVALE, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2000) -- After partnering on the race track to win consecutive Formula One Drivers' Championships in 1998 and '99, Mercedes-Benz and ...

STREET LEGAL SILVER ARROW
As Close to Formula One on the Road As You Can Get

MONTVALE, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2000) -- After partnering on the race track to win consecutive Formula One Drivers' Championships in 1998 and '99, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren International are far from resting on their laurels. On the race track this season, the West McLaren Mercedes team is engaged in a tight battle for the drivers' and constructors' titles with defending World Champion Mika Hakkinen and his teammate, David Coulthard. Off the track, DaimlerChrysler is working with McLaren Cars Ltd., to produce the new Mercedes-Benz SLR super sports car for worldwide introduction in 2003. The partnership intends to ensure the transfer of technology and image from the highly successful racing campaign to super sports car production, while reflecting the heritage and styling of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows of the 1950s. The Mercedes-Benz SLR will be produced utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques at the new McLaren facilities in Woking, England.

"The Mercedes-Benz SLR is an incomparable combination of the brand's characteristic design, future-oriented innovation and unparalleled safety," said Juergen Hubbert, the DaimlerChrysler board member responsible for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. "It will become the benchmark for 21st-century sports cars."

The Mercedes-Benz SLR two-seater completes a circle from innovation to tradition. The bodywork reflects the unique characteristics of the SL sports models of the '50s but will be made from an intelligent combination of carbon fiber and other high-performance materials. The gullwing doors, which open automatically by means of gas-pressure springs, are a practical interpretation of the legendary Silver Arrows. Likewise, the eye-catching winglets, bonnet and bumpers are modern interpretations on the classic design that also achieve an aerodynamic resemblance to the modern grand prix machine.

While the exterior design may evidence some historical cues, the technology inside the road-going machine is nothing but 21st century. Powered by a 544-horsepower, supercharged V8 engine produced by AMG, Mercedes' tuning partner, the SLR's acceleration and top speed will be class-leading. Safety is -- in racing and on the road -- always a primary concern for the driver and passengers. The brake disks are made from fiber-reinforced ceramics. Electronic regulators reduce reaction times and help to increase overall safety.

"The SLR captures the spirit of Formula One," Hubbert said. "Its line can easily be recognized -- it is without a doubt a Mercedes."

With such a celebrated family tree, that's fine company indeed.

<small> Photo form Merecedes-Benz</small>

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen
Teams Mercedes , McLaren