As you know by now the Mercedes SLR (the legendary name simply stands for "sporty", "light" and "raceworthy") will go out of production. First launched in 2004, the SLR was never a very successful model; there’s an overall of 2000 units produced. The last units to be produced are the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss .
During its life time, the SLR was offered in two coupes, two roadster versions and finally the SLR Stirling Moss limited to only 75 units. Production of the SLR series will then cease at the end of 2009.
It seems that the Volcano is a very successful model for Hamann. After the first white model and the Red Edition revealed at the Frankfurt Show, the German tuner has also created a Yellow Edition. besides the paint scheme it brings no modifications to the Volcano supercar.
The Volcano is powered by a 5.4 Liter V8 boosted from 626 HP all the way up to a clean 700 HP, this drops .2 seconds off the car’s 0 to 60 MPH time which now clocks in at 3.6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 216 MPH.
The tuning kit also includes a new front spoiler, a redesigned rear bumper, new side sills, a big rear wing spoiler, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and 21 inch Edition Race wheels.
A few days ago, we reported on that brand-new Mercedes SLR McLaren – it was a day old – getting smashed into smithereens after it’s driver, a 23-year old guy that had too much bravado for his own good, engaged in a street race with a Ferrari 599 GTB.
We all know how that turned out.
The SLR was sent careening into the opposite side of the road where it ended up colliding with several oncoming cars. Fortunately for all parties concerned, nobody was seriously hurt, although the SLR did have a young kid in the passenger seat that suffered minor injuries.
As for the idiot driver, he reportedly fled the scene of the crash and didn’t show until 17 hours later because he ‘took the kid’ to the hospital.
No matter how expensive your car may be, it’s safety and well-being is still not exempt from people’s stupid decisions.
Take this guy from Poland for instance. A day after his father bought a 2008 Mercedes McLaren SLR , the 23-year old crashed the day-old vehicle into three other cars. While details surrounding as to how it happened are a mystery, the guy reportedly saw a Ferrari 599 GTB out on the road and decided to challenge the 599 to a good old fashion street race. Well, judging from the photos, we all know how that went.
It’s bad enough that the car costs around $700,000, but to make things worse, the schmuck was driving with a young child in the passenger seat. The poor kid ended up getting hurt from the vehicular mishap while the driver of the SLR went AWOL for almost 17 hours before showing up again.
We feel terrible for the SLR but in this particular case, our hearts go out to the young kid who got hurt because somebody was being an irresponsible adult.
The high performance tuning house Hamann has just unveiled the Volcano based on the McLaren SLR super car. The Volcano is powered by a 5.4 Liter V8 boosted from 626 HP all the way up to a clean 700 HP, this drops .2 seconds off the car’s 0 to 60 MPH time which now clocks in at 3.6 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 216 MPH.
Aside from the bold new paint scheme, the Volcano wears an extremely aggressive body kit complete with bare carbon fiber fender flares and a very sharp front lip. Hamann even saw fit to incorporate a few stylish LED driving lights underneath the front air dam and a carbon fiber roof scoop up top. Now Hamann is typically known for their powerful creations, but this particular SLR is just completely over the top. What the heck. If you are going to introduce a new tuner car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, why not go all out.
FAB DESIGN, a Swiss-based custom design company, took a stab at fine-tuning an SLR McLaren and it is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
The model, which they’re billeting as ‘Desire’ veers away from the standard design elements of the original SLR McLaren to make it stand out in its own right. Both the front and the rear apron of the car have been drastically altered, making it stealthier than the original. Likewise, the people at FABS also widened the body panels, and added new side skirts, To top it off, they also built a rear spoiler to complete the makeover.
We’re telling you, if Batman needed another Batmobile, he should seriously consider giving these guys a call.
One of the most exclusive editions of the McLaren built SLR super car is currently being tested by the Mercedes Benz factory DTM driver Bruno Spengler. The topless SLR Stirling Moss is being limited to a very exclusive 75 units, each priced at a little over $1 Million. The SLR Stirling Moss comes with the proven 5.5 Liter supercharged V8 from the 722 SLR , which makes an earth shattering 650 HP. Without a windshield, this roadster gives new meaning to wind in your face and bugs in your teeth, and is still able to hit a top speed of 217 MPH.
The aftermarket manufacturer Project Kahn is no stranger to getting the most out of big money exotic vehicles. More recently the tuning firm has revealed a new customization kit for the most exclusive Daimler super car built to date, the Mercedes McLaren SLR . This modified Mercedes is called the SLR Carbon, and as the name suggests features a healthy diet of the lightweight wavy black stuff. Even the F1-X Carbon wheels, built for performance, are made up of a carbon fiber rim and a lightweight magnesium face. The result is an extremely attractive rim that tips the scales at around 25 pounds, allowing for the ultimate reduction of unsprung mass.
The English based design studio is also offering a few accessories to go along with your customized exotic import. Like a lightweight golfing umbrella complete with carbon fiber shaft and Kahn keyring, as well as a glossy piano black steering wheel or one finished in carbon fiber. If you want a little more go to accompany all that show, the tuners can squeeze an extra 60 HP out of the supercharged V8.
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.
It was announced last July that the German automaker Mercedes Benz and the racecar constructers McLaren would soon be going their separate ways. This meant that the end was near for all variations of the SLR super car. However, before the two automotive giants part ways, they have decided to celebrate the by painting the last batch of SLR roadsters in McLaren’s signature racing livery.
The orange paint scheme was first used to cover the 1967 M6A Can-Am racecar, and is also the color of the McLaren F1 LM that Lewis Hamilton first saw in his karting days and made Ron Dennis promise to give it to the young Britton if he ever won the manufacturer a Formula 1 world championship. You should know how that played out.
However; the very last SLR Roadster will feature a deep copper color scheme called Sienna Pearl metallic and have a Tobacco Brown leather interior. The super car will be built for the U.S. market and ultimately auctioned off to help raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on November 20th.