Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery

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  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    The Mercedes CLR was developed specifically for the LeMans circuit
    Mercedes AMG wanted to dominate LeMans liek they dominated the FIA GT1 class
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    It was an evolution of the alread extreme Mercedes CLK GTR, loosely-based on the road-going CLK
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    However, the car immediately displayed airplane-like behavior
    It flipped on three different occasions
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    Large overhangs was one of the reasons for the car's flipping tendencies
    The car was more prone to dive under braking and squat during acceleration
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    Almost no pitch-angle meant the CLR was too slippery to stay grounded
    Almost no pitch angle resulted in front-end lift
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    The crest on the Mulsanne straight helped alter the pitch angle past the "point of no return"
    The three flips happened on the exact same spot
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
    Changes were made because of the CLR
    The allowed overhang length was shortened, as was the hill on the Mulsanne straight
  • Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar - gallery
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