In 2003, the automotive world was forever changed with the debut of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and now, two decades later, McLaren is commemorating this milestone with a series of events at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, UK. This groundbreaking super-GT emerged from a Formula 1-inspired collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, marking a distinctive chapter in the McLaren legacy. The celebrations at MTC not only paid homage to the car but also to the people behind the creation. The genesis of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren project dates back to the 1999 British Grand Prix at Silverstone when McLaren announced its partnership with Mercedes-Benz to take the Mercedes-Benz SLR Vision from concept to reality. The first Project 7 prototype was a labour of love that was created by a team of ex-Formula 1 McLaren mechanics who joined forces with automotive engineers to establish the core team responsible for the project, which eventually became the first car to be hand-assembled at McLaren's newly opened MTC. In 2010, the newly established McLaren Special Operations (MSO) introduced the McLaren Edition SLR, limited to just 25 units and featuring substantial bodywork modifications, including a new aerodynamic front apron, larger front splitter, new side intakes, a larger rear wing, and a revised rear diffuser. Lightweight wheels, suspension improvements, and enhanced power steering. MSO has continued to refine and enhance the SLR, in 2019, the SLR by MSO was unveiled after an extensive upgrade program that evolved based on a decade of feedback from owners and this introduced new aerodynamic elements, weight-saving measures, and luxurious touches like specially quilted leather upholstery. All of this was available as comprehensive packages or in individual components.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the well-known YouTube channel Hoovies Garage as they go through what it's like to own one of these iconic Mercedes-Benz models that was a collaboration between the German automaker and McLaren, the SLR. The main thing we can take away from the video is that you can only have one of these in your collection if you have a bank balance with a hefty chunk of F-You money: 1 year ownership report of my 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren, the most underrated supercar ever? | Hoovies Garage
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