A Review of McLaren SLR

A Review of McLaren SLR

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The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is GT car, which is a joint development of MacLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz, manufactured in Surrey in the UK at the McLaren Technology Centre and in Portsmouth and sold between 2003 and 2009.


The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe & Racecar was actually the inspiration for the SLR MacLaren, and is a modification of the Mercedes-Benz W196 F1 racing car. November 17th 2003 world saw its introduction. However, on the 4th of April 2008, Mercedes declared that they discontinue the production of the SLR. The final coupes were produced at the close of the year 2007, with the roadster version’s production being halted at the beginning of 2008.

Technical highlights:


The SLR McLaren’s brakes consist of a kind of brake-by-wire system known as Sensotronic. The brake discs are carbon-ceramic and are superior to steel discs because when operating under suitable working temperatures, they offer better stopping power as well as fade resistance. According to Mercedes-Benz, the discs are fade-resistant up to 1,200 °C (2,200 °F). The front discs have vents in the interior, with eight-piston calipers measuring 370 mm (15 in) in diameter being used. The discs are kept dry in wet conditions by the calipers’ ability to automatically skim their surface.


The SLR has active aerodynamics and is fitted with a spoiler which is fixed on the back of integral air brake flap. The downforce is increased by the spoiler in relation to its angle of elevation or “attack”.


The SLR McLaren has a 5.4-litre hand-built and supercharged SOH, V8 engine which is all-aluminum and weighs 232 kg (510 lb). Each cylinder has three valves, with all the cylinders angled at 90 degrees and being lubricated through a dry sump system. Its ratio of compression is 8.8:1 with its bore and stroke at 3.8 in × 3.6 in (97 mm x 92mm). Its Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger produces a boost of 13 psi (0.9 bar), rotating at 23,000 rpm.


In order to keep it light, carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) are used in the car’s construction with its weight amounting to 1,750 kg. Car and Driver obtained 30-50 mph top gear acceleration plus 50-70 mph times of 1.7 and 2.4 seconds which were the fastest to be ever recorded in a production car by the magazine. It proceeded to pull 1.13 g on the skidpad.
In their July 2005 Road Test, Road and Track tested the car reaching 97 km/h (60 mph ) from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds, with the 0 to 100 mph sprint being achieved in 7.5 seconds. The one quarter mile was run in 11.5 seconds at 203 km/h (126 mph).

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