Mercedes-Benz and McLaren are adding the crowning glory to the model family of their SLR super-sportscar with a spectacular new derivative. There is neither a roof nor a screen 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 SLR Stirling Moss is also characterized by the most sophisticated technology and a breathtaking design which reinterprets the SLR legend. With 650hp, the SLR Stirling Moss accelerates its V8 supercharged engine from standstill to 62mph in less than 3.5sec, and has a top speed of 217mph 9 (goggles required!) - no other series-production car is at the same time so open and so fast.
This extreme concept makes the new high-performance sportscar 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 to many victories during the 1950s. The exclusive SLR Stirling Moss rounds off the current SLR family. It is limited to 75 units and will be priced at 750,000 euros (approx $580,000). The SLR Roadster will cease manufacture at the end of May 2009 as planned, and production of the SLR Stirling Moss will commence in June 2009.
In the 1950s, the Mercedes-Benz SLR 300 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 10 hours, 7 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. The new SLR Stirling Moss unites the character of the current SLR models with the fascination of the SLR of 1955..
While 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.
Remaining 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 about one inch in height to protect the driver and passenger from the airflow. Two air scoops integrated into the bodywork serve as roll-over bars.
The bodywork of the SLR Stirling Moss is made of lightweight carbon fiber and represents a stand-alone design concept.
The SLR Stirling Moss sports an exciting, pronounced arrow-shaped form and is characterized by an elongated hood and a compact, muscular rear. As there is no screen, the exterior and interior flow smoothly into one. The hood also stretches from its striking tip right down into the interior.
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 fenders are powerfully contoured. Black-painted ventilation "gills" on the sides and the hood also cite the legend.
Exactly as they were on the shining historical example, the side skirts on the new 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 trunk. In keeping with the puristic exterior of the vehicle, the interior is also reduced to the bare essentials. A mixture of carbon fiber, aluminum and fine-quality leather sets the style here. An aluminum plate carries the engraved signature of Stirling Moss and covers the area around the shift lever.
Developers working on the Stirling Moss were able to fall back on a wealth of experience gathered when producing the SLR Coup and Roadster, in particular where the technical base was concerned, with its extravagant carbon-fiber 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 for maximum downforce at the rear axle - with one difference: the diffuser here is considerably larger than on the coup and roadster.
Thanks to the work carried out in the wind tunnel, the SLR Stirling Moss generates sufficient downforce for safe handling. But the driver can also manually operate the airbrake in order to increase the contact pressure further. The airbrake is also raised during powerful braking at speeds above 75 mph, so as to stabilize the vehicle even more in such situations.The new SLR Stirling Moss is the kind of high-caliber speedster coveted by enthusiasts. At the same time, it is a collector's item, marking the pinnacle of an era and, for the foreseeable future, 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.