This Mercedes SLR-AMG Concept Rendering Is What the Next-Gen AMG GT Should Be
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was, if you wish, an example of fusion (car) food done right. A stint between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, the SLR had one paramount task - two, in fact.
On one hand, it had to pay proper respect to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, while on the other, it had to generate F1 race car-level thrills on public road even for the noob driver. For that, it packed a 617-horsepower supercharged V-8 and an all-carbon fiber chassis, among other delicacies.
This Front-Engined McLaren 765LT Makes the Ferrari 812 Superfast Feel Sad
Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, McLaren has never built front-engined supercars. The SLR McLaren is an exception, but only because it was a collaboration initiated by Mercedes-Benz. But what if McLaren built cars with the engine placed over the front axle? Instagram’s "j.b.cars" had the same curiosity recently and rendered the familiar 765LT with the engine in the front. And it looks surprisingly cool.
McLaren Has a Very Interesting View of what 2050 Holds for F1
At this time of the year, F1 teams are generally working on making the perfect car for upcoming races. But McLaren F1’s sister, McLaren Applied Technologies, has imagined what F1 in 2050 would look like and has already developed a concept. Talk about being visionaries! Moniker’d the MCLExtreme, this concept looks very interesting, and we are already hyped up about it. For starters, the cars will be all-electric and ripping the tracks with speeds up to 310 miles per hour!
McLaren made their intentions on creating a small, stripped-out supercar clear when they announced a design contest asking students enrolled in the Royal College of Art’s vehicle design course to imagine a minimalist McLaren supercar. Now, the winner of that contest has been chosen and may just be a starting point to McLaren’s future model.
The McLaren JetSet designed by Marianna Merenmies uses an electric motor and uses extensive amounts of carbon fiber on the chassis, body, and wheels. The concept measures just 3.7 meters long and 1.03 meters high, and has a proposed drag coefficient of 0.20.
When asked about the future model, McLaren Design boss Frank Stephenson said: "It’s about making more of less. It’s our job to push automotive technology — to make the car safer, lighter, more powerful, more efficient, eco-friendly and more fun to drive."
Expect to see the new supercar launched in 2015 with an intended price of £50,000, or about $78,000 at the current exchange rates.
British supercar maker McLaren and the Turin Instituto Europeo di Design recently collaborated on a project designed to give IED students the opportunity to create their own concept vehicle that could potentially find its way into the Woking production facility in 2020. The requirements for each designer was simple: design a hybrid, mid-engined four-wheel drive SUV that’s based on a McLaren chassis and has enough space to accommodate two people.
Each of the 33 participating designers had the opportunity to pick the minds of McLaren designers and engineers at the automaker’s headquarters. After completing their design proposals, McLaren and the IED went out and selected the 11 best designs that were put in the “further development” category. In the end, three models stood out from the rest with the designs for these concepts getting the green light to be produced via a 1:4 scale model. The three concepts that made it this far include the Holon, the Bio Renovatio, and the Torok.
The collaboration between McLaren and the IED gave the school’s students the opportunity to work with an esteemed automaker like McLaren. The attention-to-detail required in this line of work was an eye-opening experience for all the designers.
“McLaren is known for its attention to design detail,” said IED director Cesar Mendoza. “Everything is for a reason and that is what we wanted our teams to understand. Then, in order to heighten the quality of the final works presented, we chose virtual presentation, including animation, that enables us even to test the movements of the parts."
Check out the concepts in the photo gallery and let us know which one you like best. You can also have a look at a couple of videos after the jump featuring some of the concepts entered in the competition.