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- Published: Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:10
CLK GTR GT
A pure bred racing car. Created in 1997, it was developed to challenge some very tough contenders, such as Porsche, BMW, and Lotus.
This car was the creation of AMG - a sport division of Mercedes Benz. A road version was developed in Affalterbach, due to requirements for participation in the FIA GT Championship. From its inception, the GTR was a dream project, from the very first sketch, to the completion of the car. The whole project took just over four months from start to finish.
Mercedes Benz entered the racing season with just two CLK-GTR cars, with a third joining soon after. The car performed exceptionally well, and soon gained an awesome reputation, and excelled the boundaries previously set for Merc racing cars of the future.
It went on to win six of the eleven races during that season, achieving first and second place on four occasions, as well as second place only on three occasions.
The CLK-GTR GT was an unbounded success, winning both the team and constructors championships, also it clocked the fastest lap time on no less than seven occasions.
The Supercar is powered by a V12 six litre engine, capable of producing 631 BHP, and a staggering top speed of 200 MPH.
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- Published: Tuesday, 28 May 2013 18:43
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
This car was the equivalent of three 180, or six VW 1200 export engines...the true supercar of the 1950's.
The dawn of the SL series.
The car was developed after World War II, based on the racing sports cars of the early 1950's. The debut of the production version of the SL, was showcased at the international motor sports show of 1954, sporting its trademark gullwing design doors. These doors were far from being pubically attractive though, they were designed specifically with racing in mind, and were made to facilitate the design of the car. This new sports car was so compact in height, that it would not permit conventional doors. However, these doors became the 300SL's main attraction, it inspired its admirers to coin fond epithets, for example the flugelturer in Germany, gullwing in England, and the papillion (meaning butterfly!) in France.
The Mercedes Benz 300 SL was the worlds fastest production motorcar at the time. It featured a fuel injected six cylinder, three litre engine, capable of producing 215 BHP, and a top speed of 155 MPH. The engine was tilted sideways, giving the 300 SL an aerodynamic front. This installation coined the phrase 'power domes', becoming a synonymous symbol of Merc.
The Mercedes gullwing was not built as a sports car. However, this fact did not stop it winning motor sport victories. In December 1999, the 300SL was given the title Sports Car of The Century, issued by an international panel of judges.
1957 saw the car replaced by the Merc 300SL Roadster - a top of the range version of the car with no roof, and conventional doors.
Then came the 300 SLR, an eight cylinder, three litre supercar, capable of producing 302 BHP, taking the speed up to a staggering 180 MPH.
This car was known as the Uhlenhaut Coupe, and was developed as a long-distance racer. However, it also doubled as a company road car. Due to the space frame design of the Mercedes 300 SLR, gullwing doors were fitted again.
The new version debuted in 1955, however in October of that year it was withdrawn from racing, and became Rudolph Uhlenhaut's company car, adopting the name Uhlenhaut Coupe. The SLR failed on the racing circuit due to its massive fuel consumption, and the need for heavy maintenance after each race.