Mercedes CLK GTR 2000 – Francja

Mercedes CLK GTR powstał, by usankcjonować bolidy startujące w zawodach FIA GT – przy mocy ponad 550 KM ważył zaledwie tonę i do dziś jest najbardziej ekstremalnym Mercedesem dopuszczonym do ruchu ulicznego. Powstał w zaledwie 25 sztukach w zakładach AMG w Affalterbach. Mimo skórzanej tapicerki i opcjonalnej klimatyzacji to czystej krwi samochód wyścigowy, zachwycający techniką i szerokim zastosowaniem włókna węglowego i Kevlaru. Prezentowany egzemplarz ma numer fabryczny 23 i prezentuje stan zbliżony do nowego. Jego właściciel przebył nim dotąd zaledwie 3285 km, pokonując trasy między Szwajcarią i Stuttgartem. Przedaukcyjna wycena opiewa na kwotę ok. 7,9 – 8,8 mln PLN.


Lot 352Ω

€1.8 million – 2 million
PLN 7.9 million – 8.8 million

AUCTION 23262:
4 Feb 2016 14:00 CET

2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupé
Chassis no. WDB2973971Y000023

•One of only 25 made
•Supplied new to Switzerland
•One owner up to 2014
•Less than 3,300 kilometres from new

Building on the foundations of its hugely successful domestic and international touring car competition programmes of the mid-1990s, Mercedes-Benz re-entered international sportscar racing in 1997 with the fabulous CLK GTR. The decision to switch from touring to sports cars had been taken at the end of the 1996 season, leaving precious little time to develop a challenger for the FIA’s new GT Championship. The latter’s regulations stipulated that 'GT1′ category cars had to be production based, and although the racer used the same 'CLK' designation as the existing road car and looked broadly similar, it was in fact all new. Development was entrusted to Mercedes-Benz’s official performance division, AMG. In 1999, as the CLK GTR programme was drawing to a close, Daimler Chrysler would acquire its long-time collaborator, renaming it 'Mercedes AMG GmbH'; at the same time, AMG co-founder Hans-Werner Aufrecht set up HWA GmbH in AMG’s hometown of Affalterbach, Germany to continue the company’s racing activities.

Amazingly, just 128 days after design work had commenced in December 1996, the first Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR took to the track at Jarama, Spain in April 1997 for its initial test. Like Porsche’s 911 GT1, the CLK GTR bore a passing resemblance to its road going namesake – the front-engined CLK saloon – but was mid-engined and powered by an SL600-based 6.0-litre V12 producing 600bhp initially, 630bhp after further development. Mated to a transverse six-speed sequential gearbox, the engine formed a stressed member of the chassis, supporting the rear suspension. The monocoque tub itself was constructed of a mixture of carbon fibre and Kevlar. Unsurprisingly, M-B failed to get the road version homologated in time, but were allowed to race anyway, a dispensation that angered its rivals.

The CLK GTR’s racing debut at the Hockenheimring was disappointing: one car retiring and the other finishing well adrift of the winning McLaren F1. Its true potential was demonstrated at the next round at Silverstone, where the leading car finished less than a second behind the wining McLaren. The CLK GTR first won at the Nürburgring in June 1997, going on to win five more of the 11 rounds to secure the GT teams' championship and drivers' championship, with Bernd Schneider, in its debut year. With a new CLK LM (Le Mans) waiting in the wings, the CLK GTR was raced by the works just twice in 1998, winning the GT Championship’s first two rounds at Oschersleben and Silverstone, before being retired from active duty after little more than a season’s racing but with an impeccable record.

During 1998 and 1999, Mercedes-Benz duly completed 25 road going CLK GTRs. Built at AMG’s factory in Affalterbach, these closely resembled the racing version but developed 'only' 550bhp and dispensed with the racer’s separate rear wing in favour of a body-integral design. They were also better equipped and fitted out with a few more creature comforts than the Spartan racer, boasting leather upholstery, storage lockers and (optional) air conditioning. With a headline-grabbing price tag of over $1,000,000, the CLK GTR’s exclusivity was surpassed only by its stupendous performance, the factory claiming a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 320km/h.

There was also the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, an even more exclusive, limited edition, open-topped variant, only six of which were made by HWA. At the time of its introduction, the CLK GTR Roadster was the world’s most expensive 'production' car with a price tag of $1.5 million.

CLK GTR chassis number ’23′, that offered here, was supplied new to Switzerland and remained there with its original owner until 2014. It has never been raced, the owner’s usage being mainly confined to driving between Switzerland and Stuttgart. To date, the car has covered a mere 3,285 kilometres and is presented in effectively 'as new' condition, benefiting from a recent service at Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart (HWA division). It comes complete with all books, tool kit (plus extra tools) and two sets of wheels. Accompanying documentation consists of Swiss registration papers. An almost certainly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the rarest and most desirable Mercedes-Benz models of modern times.