When Mercedes-AMG was not yet playing a role, Mercedes-Benz McLaren supplied a high-revving V10 engine that helped Mika Häkkinen to two drivers’ titles. This collaboration resulted in the SLR McLaren, a Grand Tourer based on the R230 SL 55 AMG. SLR stands for Sport Light Racing, whereby the supercharged land rocket is anything but light. Weighing 1,743 kilograms (3,843 pounds), the fixed head coupe is a rare collector’s item. Including the soft top roadster and the open speedster, the Peeps at McLaren produced a total of 2,157 units at their plant in Woking, Surrey, from 2003 to 2009.
Gordon Murray, the father of the McLaren F1, is the gentleman who directed the design of the SLR. The German-British model combines elegant and sporty design features, and this car looks fast even when stationary. More importantly, the exterior styling has barely aged, despite the fact that the last specimen of the breed rolled off the production line for a staggering 12 years. Like an expensive wine, I can only appreciate this car as I get older.
Marouane Bembli, the pixel artist better known as The Sketch Monkey, is also a big fan of the SLR McLaren. He’s also responsible for the design study in the video below, which ruins the beautiful lines of the original. The side mirrors, headlights, upper and lower grille, front bumper, wheels, and side vents have all been modified, but the biggest culprits are carbon fiber parts for the front bumper and side skirts.
As a popular saying goes, less is more. This general truth, which was coined in 1947 by the German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is more relevant than ever in the automotive industry, as more and more car manufacturers are adding unwanted decorations to their vehicles. Fake exhaust tips come to mind, and Mercedes-Benz has been loving fake exhaust tips lately.