Mercedes SLR McLaren Stirling Moss jest jak dzieło sztuki. Pokazuje doskonałą kondycję niemieckiego przedsiębiorstwa i umięjętność wykorzystywania wspaniałego historycznego dziedzictwa marki we współczesnych projektach. W jego stylistyce możemy odnaleźć echa legendarnego modelu 300 SLR, połączone z imponującą techniką. Jego doładowany silnik V8 o pojemności 5,5 l generuje imponujące 617 KM, pozwlaljące osiągnąć prędkość 300 km/h w czasie poniżej pół minuty. Zbudowano ich zaledwie 75 sztuk, które rozdysponowano wśród nabywców „zwykłego” modelu SLR. Licytowany „Stirling Moss” miał przebieg zaledwie 7200 km i uzyskał imponującą cenę ok. 9,8 mln PLN (wliczając prowizję domu aukcyjnego).
2009 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN 'STIRLING MOSS'
Chassis no. WDD 199 976 M90 003 2
Engine no. 155980
€2 million – 2.4 million
PLN 8.6 million – 10 million
Sold for €2,300,000 (PLN 9,803,750) inc. premium
THE MERCEDES-BENZ SALE
STUTTGART, MERCEDES-BENZ MUSEUM
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 'Stirling Moss'
Chassis no. WDD 199 976 M90 003 2
Engine no. 155980
•One of only 75 made
•Bought directly from McLaren
•One owner from new
•Registered in Switzerland
'The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren revives the glorious tradition of the SLR and marks the reawakening of Mercedes-Benz’s passion for super sports cars. It is a passion which can be traced way back through automotive history and which was demonstrated with the Uhlenhaut Coupé. A contemporary interpretation of stylistic elements lifted from the original SLR and design details taken from the 2003 Formula 1 Silver Arrows allows the 21st-Century SLR to form a bridge between the past and the future, bringing cutting-edge motorsport technology to the road, just as the inspirational SLR Coupé did in 1955.' – Daimler Chrysler.
Their new supercar allowed Mercedes-Benz and its then Formula 1 partner, McLaren to showcase their collective experience in the development, construction and production of high-performance sports cars and, just like its legendary 300 SLR predecessor of 1955, incorporated technological developments which were ahead of their time. Yet the term 'supercar' does not do full justice to the SLR, which, its peerless performance notwithstanding, is a luxurious and finely engineered Gran Turismo in the best traditions of Mercedes-Benz.
The heart of any car is its engine, and that of the SLR McLaren is truly outstanding. Produced at Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division, where each unit was the responsibility of one engineer who carried out the entire assembly process, it is a 5.5-litre, 24-valve, supercharged V8 producing 617bhp, making it one of the most powerful engines ever found in a series-produced road-going sports car. Impressive though this peak horsepower figure is, it is the torque produced by this state-of-the-art 'blown' motor that is its most remarkable feature. The torque curve is almost flat: there is already 440lb/ft by 1,500 rpm and well over 500lb/ft between 3,000 and 5,000 revs. As Car & Driver magazine observed: 'This lends mind-boggling elasticity to the SLR, with passing performance that has to be felt to be appreciated.'
In the interests of maximum fuel efficiency, the screw-type compressor is controlled by the engine management system, which is sensitive to engine speed and load, and is only activated – albeit instantaneously – when the driver floors the accelerator. Needless to say, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren delivers performance figures which even today are among the best in its class, taking just 3.8 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100km/h (62mph), it passes the 200km/h (125mph) mark after 10.6 seconds and from a standing start takes just 28.8 seconds to reach 300km/h (186mph). The two-seater has a top speed of 334km/h (207 mph).
A front-engined layout was chosen for the SLR in the interests of optimum weight distribution, handling dynamics and braking stability, the motor’s dry-sump lubrication system – more commonly found in competition cars – enabling it to be mounted lower in the chassis. The five-speed automatic transmission, already used in several high-performance Mercedes-Benz models, was specially optimised for very high torque and also offers the driver the option of choosing between different shift characteristics using the Speedshift system.
Extending the long-term technological collaboration that Mercedes-Benz and McLaren had enjoyed in Formula 1, the SLR’s carbon fibre composite monocoque body/chassis structure was produced in the latter’s all-new facility in Woking, England. Carbon fibre has been used for decades in the aeronautical industry and in the construction of Formula 1 cars, but is comparatively rare in series-produced road cars because of the expense involved in manufacturing composite structures by hand. Using several patented innovations, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren were able to bring a measure of automation to the carbon fibre manufacturing process, enabling the material’s benefits of low weight, exemplary rigidity and strength, corrosion resistance and significantly higher energy absorption in the event of an impact, to be offered in the SLR. Its designer Gordon Murray, the man responsible for the McLaren F1 sports car, considered the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren the safest supercar to date.
This philosophy of weight saving was extended to the design of the suspension. Clearly showing its Formula 1 parentage, the latter is by means of double wishbones all round, forged in aluminium, as are the hub carriers. The anti-roll bar is positioned above the front suspension and – as in Formula 1 – is controlled via rocker arms. A relatively long wheelbase (at 2,700mm) also contributes to the SLR’s exemplary handling and directional stability, while the wide track, combined with the low centre of gravity, allows high cornering speeds.
The power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is speed sensitive, while the SLR’s Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) enable its sporting nature to shine through while maintaining the usual safety standards, achieving an ideal compromise between outstanding dynamic handling and exemplary directional stability. The pioneering use of composite technology has also been extended to the brake discs, which are manufactured from a fibre-reinforced ceramic material capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures and offering a level of fade resistance hitherto unattainable in series-produced road cars. Topping off this technological tour de force is the electronically controlled rear spoiler, which rises to an angle of 65 degrees when the driver brakes heavily, boosting the braking effect by increasing aerodynamic drag and lending the SLR outstanding stability when braking from high speeds. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was manufactured from 2003 to 2010, by which time only 1,789 had been completed, a figure way below the manufacturer’s expectations.
Inevitably, there was a succession of limited edition models, the 'Stirling Moss' being the last built under the Mercedes-Benz/McLaren partnership. Styled by the Korean designer Yoon Il-hun and clearly inspired by the original SLR sports-racer of 1955, the Stirling Moss speedster was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. Its makers proudly declared: 'This extreme concept makes the new high-performance sports car a legitimate bearer of the name of the British motor racing legend and Mille Miglia record-holder Stirling Moss, who drove the legendary Mercedes-Benz SLR racing cars from victory to victory during the 1950s.'
Lacking both a roof and windscreen, the Stirling Moss was approximately 200kg lighter than the regular SLR, and with 640bhp available from the supercharged V8 engine, could accelerate to 100km/h in under 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 350km/h (220mph). Production began in June 2009 and all 75 cars had been completed by December 2009. They were available only to existing SLR owners. 'Not only does this exclusive vehicle represent the conclusion of the current SLR family,' declared Mercedes-Benz, 'it also serves as a very special thank you to the most loyal of SLR customers, for they are the only ones able to acquire a Stirling Moss.'
Bought directly from McLaren and first registered on 26th October 2009, this Stirling Moss has had only one owner from new and has covered a certified 7,200 kilometres since delivery. Accident-free and undamaged, this ultra-exclusive supercar is presented in effectively 'as new' condition and comes with a Swiss Carte Grise.
Please note this motor car is subject to an import tax rate of 19% should it remain in the EU.