A homage to the 300 SLR, the SLR (Sport Light Racing) Mclaren is a joint venture between F1 team McLaren and Mercedes Benz. The designers behind the SLR project aimed to make its connection to the 1950s originals clear; which dominated international endurance racing under the management of the brilliant Alfred Neubauer and with Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling at the controls. The SLR uses a carbon-fiber monocoque and has a supercharged 5.4 liter V-8 engine, which produces 617 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, thanks to a Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger. Engineers at Mercedes and McLaren took care to place the V-8 as far back as possible in the chassis in order to improve the car’s handling, giving the SLR near-perfect weight distribution (49:51). Its AMG Speedshift R transmission provides three manual modes, to suit the owner’s style of driving. Other remarkable technical features include the Sensotronic “brake by wire” system, carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and an automatic airbrake, which can bring the SLR to a screeching halt from 120 mph to a dead stop in less than 240 feet. It’s also one of just a few cars that can offer wind-in-the-hair motoring at 200 mph. The classification of the SLR is often argued between enthusiasts as either being a grand tourer, or a supercar; standing amongst it’s presence, it becomes clear that the SLR McLaren was truly meant to compete with names such as the Pagani Zonda, Porsche Carrera GT, and Ferrari Enzo.
This SLR Roadster is a 2008 model year example, and it wears Mercedes Crystal Laurite Silver Metallic over a red leather interior with a black convertible top, which is a sporting yet elegant color combination that perfectly reflects the SLR as an automobile. The odometer reads just over 15,400 miles, and the car is presently in like-new condition. Additionally, the SLR’s front bonnet has been fitted with 3M protective film, in order to protect the SLR’s nose from rock chips and bugs while driving. A carbon fiber front lip has also been installed. This SLR Roadster is ready for it’s new caretaker to drive the vehicle as it’s creators intended.
Offered at $450,000