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2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. These cars were built in Portsmouthand the McLaren Technology Centre in England.They were sold from 2003 to 2009. When it was originally developed, German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz owned 40 percent of the McLaren Group.

Due to the automatic gear box, front-midengine arrangement, and its driving characteristics, some commentators classify the SLR McLaren as a GT, whose rivals would be vehicles such as theAston Martin DBS V12, and Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

SLR stands for "Sport LeichtRennsport," which in English translates to “Sport Light Racing.”Mercedes-Benz built 3,500 SLRs over seven years, with an annual production of 500 cars.

The car uses carbon fiber reinforced plastics to keep the weight low. The SLR features Sensotronic, a type of brake-by-wire system. The brake discs are carbon-ceramic, and provide better stopping power and fade resistance than steel discs when operating under ideal working temperatures.

The SLR features active aerodynamics. There is a spoiler mounted on the rear integral air brake flap. The spoiler increases down force depending on its angle of elevation. At a set speed, the spoiler/brake automatically raises to 10 degrees. When demanded via the driver's switch, the elevation can be increased to 30 degrees for increased rear down force. To improve braking performance, there is an automatic air brake. When engaged, the rear elevation angle of the rear spoiler is set to 65 degrees.

The SLR sports a 510 lb. hand-built 5.439Liter, supercharged, all-aluminumV8 engine. The cylinders are angled at 90 degrees, with three valves per cylinder, and lubricated via a dry sump system.The Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger rotates at 23,000 rpm, and produces 13 psi of boost. The compressed air is then cooled via two intercoolers. The engine generates a maximum power of 617 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, and maximum torque of 580 lb. at 3,250 to 5,000 rpm.

The engine is front-mid mounted. McLaren took the original concept car designed by Mercedes and moved the engine 1 meter behind the front bumper, and about 20 inches behind the front axle. They also optimized the design of the center firewall.

This particular SLR was built in 2008, with a red/black convertible top, which is quite unique. The interior is completely trimmed with carbon fiber, and black/red leather.