It had brought forth some of the brand’s most successful models in sports racing, but even the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren had to come to an end. In 2009, five years after the partnership was struck, the last specimen of the Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss, named after the legendary British driver who piloted SLR cars in the 1950s, entered into manufacturing, marking the last hurrah of the alliance which sought to continue the legacy of the SLR racing cars of the 1950s.
The partnership had given birth to two roadster versions of the SLR, and two coupes before the SLR Stirling Moss. The end of the partnership marks the apparent end of the SLR story, culminating in the 75-unit model run of the Stirling Moss.
With this, the number of SLR models produced by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren hit 2000 overall. This is an impressive cumulative output as this exceeds the production of any other sports car in the SLR’s category.
The Stirling Moss definitely was built for more than just racing performance – it was also built for drivers and passengers to experience the thrill and excitement of riding a high-performance vehicle. As such, the Stirling Moss lacks both a windscreen and a roof panel. In addition to this cool but unconventional design, the SLR Stirling Moss had both an exceptional engine and an unparalleled set of sophisticated technological features.
Opening up the hood will reveal the monstrous V8 supercharged engine. With a power output of 478 kW or 650 hp, the engine makes it possible to sprint from zero to 100 kilometers in only 3.5 seconds for the SLR Stirling Moss. The supercharged monster underneath the hood attains a top speed of 350 km/h. The sports car made its debut in the 2009 Mille Miglia, with F1 drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard at the helm.
The event was attended by Sir Stirling Moss himself. The SLR Stirling Moss, along with its predecessors produced since 2004, are all assembled and manufactured at the McLaren facility in Woking. All of them serve as a glorious reminder of the SLR sports cars that became popular in the 1950s in today’s modern and digital era. These exclusive sports cars feature hand-crafted components created from high quality raw materials.
These components are then fused with innovative and modern technological features that fit well in this day and age. Of course, all of these translate to racing cars that are extremely agile yet exceptionally responsive even when running at breakneck speeds required in sports. These capabilities translate well into the open road as well. All of these are made possible with the combined effort and expertise of McLaren Automotive and Mercedes-Benz, two of the biggest names in the automotive industry.
Using their know-how and experience in what racing enthusiasts are looking for in a high-performance motorsports vehicle, the partnership managed to come up with concepts and designs that raise the bar in various aspects of motorsports.
For instance, all of the SLR models produced under the partnership featured excellent handling, and undisputed safety. As for functionality and design, all the SLR models up until the Stirling Moss were constructed using lightweight materials like carbon fibre and employed F1-grade monocoque construction. The modern SLRs produced by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren also featured a low mass moment of inertia.
This translates to great agility and handling, particularly improving performance when cornering. This is made possible by an engine mounted in the middle portion of the front area. With the weight of the engine placed in the midline of the car, agility and handling are ensured even in difficult conditions on the racetrack. This is complemented also by a race-configured chassis, a result of both companies’ experience and expertise on the racetrack.
The chassis brings about exceptional power from the engines – Coupe and Roadster SLRs have an output 626 horsepower thanks to a 5.5-litre eight-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the ‘722” models deliver an even more impressive horsepower – 650 hp or 478 kW. Aside from the engine, the exterior portion of the car’s body adds to the total performance of the SLRs. These exterior designs included a longer bonnet paired with a taut waistline, together with a rear-set passenger cell.
Coupe and Roadster models even have a shorter rear end than the SLR Stirling Moss! All of the SLRs also feature an aerodynamic design meant to minimize downforce for additional performance on the racetrack. The materials used for the upholstery and trims in the interiors of the SLR McLaren models speak of luxury and comfort, with carbon fibre, aluminum and leather employed all throughout the interiors.
Thus, with the SLRs, drivers are giving themselves an extraordinary experience of piloting a car born out of racing concepts, doing so in excellent comfort. With these modern SLRs, car aficionados should know what it’s like to sit on the cockpit of a vehicle that promises superior performance through finely tuned aerodynamic features while indulging in unparalleled interior comfort.