McLaren recently announced that the last production Mercedes SLR super cars will be painted in a familiar shade of orange. One of these models had a high speed drive up Lord March’s front drive this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The last SLR, numbered 2130, is in fact a 626 HP SLR 722S, one of those special edition Stirling Moss Mercedes roadsters limited to only 75 units; however this commemorative paint scheme makes this bright orange 200 MPH carbon fiber rocket ship will make this even more of a collector’s item.
McLaren and the orange paint scheme go way back, in fact it was first used to cover the 1967 M6A Can-Am racecar, and just so happened to be the fruit inspired color as the infamous McLaren F1 LM that a young Lewis Hamilton first spotted in his karting days and made McLaren Team Principal Ron Dennis promise to give it to the young Britton if he ever won a manufacturer’s title for the racing team’s Formula 1 effort. Needless to say, Lewis Hamilton now drives an orange race spec McLaren F1 LM.
These images show off the SLR 722S’s Sienna Pearl metallic paint, but the Tobacco Brown interior is still hidden away for another day. Although there do appear to be a pair of bright orange straps to hold you in place. The lively paint scheme is complimented by a set of very large multi spoke rims wrapped in what we can only expect to be some very pricey tires. Never before has the fender exit exhaust and smoked headlamp configuration looked so appropriate than on this final McLaren. No matter whether it was parked getting some air, or steaming up the hill, this orange SLR will certainly become a very desirable Mercedes Benz.