In 2003, a wonderful union occurred when Mercedes-Benz and McLaren got together to form Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. This collaboration led to the creation of a supercar – the Mercedes 300 SLR (Sport Light Racing).
In the early 2000s, Mercedes owned 40% of McLaren so the union was a natural one. But the merger was only to last six years and the SLS AMG was produced to replace the SLR. When the partnership disbanded, McLaren began to independently design its own supercars.
Sadly it is unlikely that we will see a reunion between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. But if you want to imagine what supercar would be created should the impossible happen today, then you need look no further than to Aritra Das, a young 22 year old designer.
Taking inspiration from both Mercedes and McLaren, he has redesigned the Mercedes SLR McLaren into a thing of beauty. Amazingly, young Das has no qualifications or formal training in design. He produced the renderings on his own without any assistance and his work is impressive. The photos are courtesy of Aritra Das.
For those who don't know, the original Mercedes McLaren SLR combines luxury and high performance! The two seater sports car has the distinctive flavour of the Formula 1 silver arrows and the SLR race cars of the 1950s.
The doors were swing-wing and the body is defiantly muscular. Combining Mercedes high technological developments with an eye on safety, the sports car offers power and reliability on the road.
The idea is impressive and the car encapsulates the history of both car manufacturers whilst giving it a thrilling modern makeover. The V8 engine produces 460 KW/626 hp and can reach speeds of 334 km/h. It climbs 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.
To help with aerodynamics and safety, the body of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is made from light carbon fibre composites. It is the first series-made car to use a front crash structure created entirely out of carbon fibres, absorbing energy in a front on collision.
With adaptive airbags and new inventions such as knee bags and side bags, people safety continues to be a priority. There is an automatically adaptive airbrake positioned in the boot lid, ceramic brake discs and belt tensioners to make anyone feel secure.
The vehicle is innovative and impressive. It would be easy to imagine Kling, Moss and Fangio and other Formula 1 legends driving the vehicle back in 1955. It is distinguished from other vehicles because of its innovative technology, safety and speed.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is primarily made of carbon fibre composite which means it is exceptionally lightweight, but equally strong to absorb impacts. Using the same material as the aeronautical and space industries, the vehicle reduces its weight by 50%.
In a collision, the carbon fibres can absorb four to five times the energy of aluminium or steel. This, coupled with the 620 millimetre longitudinal members also made from carbon fibres, makes it one of the most advanced and technologically safe vehicles around.
The driver and passengers are protected in a bubble like cell as the carbon fibre absorbs any impact from front, rear and side. The brakes have also changed. They are now made from fibre-reinforced ceramic to give them an enhanced shelf life with high fade resistance.
The brakes use an electrohydraulic system known as a Sensotronic Brake Control (SMC) which produces impressive deceleration results. These brakes are more powerful and were built to last!