Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

The limited SLR Stirling Moss completes the present SLR range and is restricted to 75 units only. It has a sticker price of EUR 750,000 or $1,044,000. As intended beforehand, the SLR Roadster will stop production by the end of May next year, and the manufacture of the SLR Stirling Moss will begin in June next year.

The letters SLR is sufficient to get the car enthusiasts adrenaline pumping. In the '50s the Mercedes-Benz SLR 300 garnered one win after another. It garnered the Mille Miglia, the Eifel race, the Targa Florio including the Tourist Trophy. It was driven, first and foremost, by the British racing driver Stirling Moss and by celebrities of the time, such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling. Stirling Moss is still holding the record of Mille Miglia at ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.

This is the reason why the contemporary variant of the celebrated SLR carries with it the extra words "Stirling Moss." As the latest SLR Stirling Moss merges the traits of the present SLR versions with the charm of the SLR of '55.

The main values of both the historical and the present-day SLR versions incorporate a thrilling new design, ground-breaking technology, high-quality materials demonstrating perfect engineering, and, above all a driving experience that tickles the total human senses. Faithful to the specifications of the 300 SLR, the current Silver Arrow's gear is totally refined and but decidedly puristic at the same time, making do with the absence of a roof and all side windscreens.

Just like the well-known racing vehicles of the past, the SLR Stirling Moss astonishes with its excellent performance as it is powered by a V8 supercharged engine that produces 650 hp.

Sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h in under 3.5 seconds and with a maximum speed of 350 km/h this puristic high-performance sports vehicle signifies totally fresh dimensions in top down mobility. And besides the impressive performance numbers; each time the driver gets behind the wheel of a SLR Stirling Moss their senses are dealt with an unprecedented intensity, transmitting a driving pleasure at its highest and purest form. This automotive pure-bred therefore generates the kind of open-air sensation that is absolutely exclusive for a road-going car.

The entire bodywork of the SLR Stirling Moss is made of lightweight carbon fiber, which symbolizes a stand-alone design model. While the Mercedes-Benz creators were laboring on the surface design of the latest SLR Stirling Moss, they were totally conscious of every single instant that they were making a car that can run with a top speed of 350 km/h.

To maintain the puristic external design of the car, the interior is also cut to only what is necessary. Surfaces going through each other in the instrument console and doors provide an exciting ambiance and echoes perfectionism.

A combination of high-grade genuine materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, and excellent leather orders the style here. An engraved Stirling Moss signature is carried in an aluminum plate and covers the section surrounding the gear shifter. Designers laboring on the Stirling Moss were able to lean on a wealth of experience accumulated when making the SLR Coupe and Roadster, specifically where the technical foundation was concerned, with its overgenerous carbon-fiber design, high-performance suspension and a V8 engine that generates a powerful roar.

The commonality joining the Stirling Moss with the other members of the SLR series is the sleek concept with a closed underbody and a diffuser in the back bumper for optimum possible downforce at the rear axle with only one difference: the diffuser here is significantly bigger in contrast to that on the coupe and roadster. Because of the high-precision effort brought about in the wind tunnel, the SLR Stirling Moss without fail produces enough downforce for totally safe handling. However, the airbrake can be manually operated by the driver for the purpose of increasing the contact pressure more, especially during athletic driving, for instance.

The Airbrake is also raised in instances where vehicle speed is in excess of 120 km/h and where potent breaking is required to stabilize the vehicle even more in such conditions, therefore facilitating deceleration to the possible maximum. The fresh SLR Stirling Moss is a high-caliber sports vehicle longed after by enthusiasts. Also it marks the height of an era and, for the predictable future, at least, the final hour for the SLR.

Production of the SLR will stop in May next year with a total of 75 Stirling Moss SLRs will be produced between June and December 2009, with chassis serial from 1 to 75. Not only does this unique vehicle symbolize the final end of the present SLR family; it also acts as a totally special "thank you" to the most faithful SLR customers, for they are the only ones able own a Stirling Moss.

Exterior Design

Simultaneously this ultimate competitor is extremely evocative of the SLR racing vehicles from the '50s, whose design expression is still impressive to this day. The SLR Stirling Moss comes with an exciting, marked arrow-shaped form and is distinguished by a lengthened hood and a compact, beefy rear.

Since a windscreen is absent, the outside and inside flow seamlessly into one. The engine lid also stretches from its striking tip right down into the interior, giving the vehicle body a totally aerodynamic air.

Even when the vehicle is not moving it radiates such a vibrancy that spellbinds any observer. More attractive elements consist of two air vents at the back of the driver and passenger. They bring additional roll bars, also combining the typical and the contemporary.

The wings are potently curved. Ventilation "gills" painted in black finish located facet-like on the sides and on the hood also mark the legend. Exciting interchanges of light and shadow proceed from the expressive lines underlining the vibrant total impression.

This encouraged the designers' decision in favor of folding swing-wing doors which open toward the front. The car can be closed by two tonneau covers which are kept in the trunk. A resemblance of a sculptor emerges when both tonneau covers and the doors are closed.

Only two windshields of a few centimeters in height are present to keep the driver and passenger shielded from the oncoming airflow. Two air vents built into the bodywork act as roll bars. With this excessive model the latest SLR Stirling Moss is appealingly quite different from all the other vehicles which go with the selected sports vehicle segment.

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss

With the SLR Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz and McLaren are adding the crowning glory to the model family of their highly successful SLR super sports car with a new, uncompromisingly spectacular car. There is neither a roof nor a windscreen to separate the driver and passenger from the outside world; they enjoy unadulterated high-speed excitement with all the attributes of a speedster.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss is also characterised by the most sophisticated technology and a breathtaking design which reinterprets the SLR legend. With 478 kW/650 hp the SLR Stirling Moss accelerates its V8 supercharged engine from standstill to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 350 km/h - no other series-production car is at the same time so open and so fast. This extreme concept makes the new high-performance sports car a legitimate bearer of the name of the British motor racing legend and Mille Miglia record-holder Stirling Moss, who drove the legendary Mercedes-Benz SLR racing cars from victory to victory during the 1950s.

The exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss rounds off the current SLR family and is limited to 75 units. It is priced at 750,000 euros. The SLR Roadster will cease to be manufactured at the end of May 2009 as planned, and production of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss will commence in June 2009.

Three letters are all it takes to make car fans' hearts beat faster: SLR. In the 1950s the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR celebrated victory after victory. It won the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio as well as the Tourist Trophy. It was driven by the stars of the time: Juan Manual Fangio and Karl Kling - and, first and foremost, by the British racing driver Stirling Moss. At ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds he still holds the Mille Miglia record.

This is why the modern-day version of the legendary SLR carries the additional words "Stirling Moss" in its name. As the new Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss unites the character of the current SLR models with the fascination of the SLR of 1955. The core values of both the historical and the present-day SLR models include an exciting new design, innovative technology, high-class materials displaying perfect craftsmanship, and, above all: a unique driving experience for all the senses.

Whilst the 300 SLR earned its spurs on racing circuits the world over, the new member of the SLR family is not designed for the racetrack. Although it sets new standards in terms of technology, performance and excitement - just like its forebears - it is aimed at individuals who have exquisite requirements and nurture very special dreams.

Highly puristic concept without a roof or a windscreen

Remaining totally true to the specifications of the 300 SLR, the new Silver Arrow's equipment is extremely sophisticated and yet at the same time decidedly spartan, doing without both a roof and side windows. There are just two wind deflectors a couple of centimetres in height to protect the driver and passenger from the airflow. Two air scoops integrated into the bodywork serve as roll-over bars. With this extreme concept the new Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss is visually very different from all the other vehicles which belong to the elite sports car class.

Just like the legendary racing vehicles of yesteryear, the SLR Stirling Moss dazzles with its superlative performance. Accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and with a top speed of 350 km/h this puristic high-performance sports car denotes completely new dimensions in open-top driving. And not just because of the impressive performance figures; every time drivers take to the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss their senses are addressed with a previously unheard of intensity, conveying a driving experience in its purest and most sensual form. This automotive thoroughbred thus facilitates the kind of open-air feeling that is utterly unique for a road-going vehicle.

Exciting design reminiscent of the SLR racing cars

The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss, its entire bodywork made of fine lightweight carbon fibre, represents a stand-alone design concept. Whilst the Mercedes-Benz designers were working on the body of the new SLR Stirling Moss, they were fully aware every single moment that they were creating a vehicle with a top speed of 350 km/h. At the same time this supreme athlete is highly reminiscent of the SLR racing cars from the 1950s, whose design idiom still never fails to impress to this day.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss sports an exciting, pronounced arrow-shaped form and is characterised by an elongated bonnet and a compact, muscular rear. As there is no windscreen, the exterior and interior flow smoothly into one. The bonnet also stretches from its striking tip right down into the interior, giving the vehicle body a distinctly sleek air. Even when standing still, the sports car radiates such dynamism that the observer immediately falls under its spell.

Further eye-catching features include two air scoops behind the driver and passenger. They carry additional roll-over bars, also uniting the traditional and the modern. The wings are powerfully contoured. Black-painted ventilation "gills" sitting facet-like on the sides and on the bonnet also cite the legend. A thrilling interplay of light and shadow ensues through the expressive lines, underlining the dynamic overall impression.

Exactly as they were on the shining historical example, the side skirts on the new Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss are also very high. This prompted the designers' decision in favour of folding swing-wing doors which open forwards.

The vehicle can be closed by two tonneau covers which are carried in the boot. When both tonneau covers and the doors are closed the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss resembles a sculpture.

In keeping with the puristic exterior of the vehicle, the interior is also reduced to the bare essentials. Surfaces penetrating each other in the instrument panel and doors make for an exciting atmosphere and resonate perfectionism. A mixture of high-class authentic materials such as carbon fibre, aluminium and fine-quality leather sets the style here. An aluminium plate carries the engraved signature of Stirling Moss and covers the area around the shift lever.

Innovative technology and polished aerodynamic concept

Developers working on the Stirling Moss were able to fall back on a wealth of experience gathered when producing the SLR Coupé and Roadster, in particular where the technical base was concerned, with its extravagant carbon-fibre design, high-performance suspension and throaty V8 engine. The common denominator uniting the Stirling Moss with the other members of the SLR family is the aerodynamic concept with a closed underbody and a diffuser in the rear bumper for maximum possible downforce at the rear axle - with one difference: the diffuser here is considerably larger than that on the coupé and roadster.

Thanks to the high-precision work carried out in the wind tunnel, the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss always generates sufficient downforce for extremely safe handling. But the driver can also manually operate the AirBrake in order to increase the contact pressure further, during particularly sporty driving, for example. The AirBrake is also raised during powerful braking at speeds above 120 km/h, so as to stabilise the vehicle even more in such situations, thus facilitating maximum possible deceleration.

Limited to 75 units - the SLR models' crowning glory

The new Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss is the kind of high-calibre speedster coveted by the sporting gentry and enthusiasts alike. At the same time it is a collector's item which marks the pinnacle of an era and, for the foreseeable future, at least, the final curtain for the SLR. In May 2009 production of the SLR models will cease; only a total of 75 units of the Stirling Moss will be manufactured between June and December 2009, bearing chassis numbers from 1 to 75. Not only does this exclusive vehicle represent the conclusion of the current SLR family; it also serves as a very special thank you to the most loyal of SLR customers, for they are the only ones able to acquire a Stirling Moss.

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