The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is part and parcel of the Mercedes-Benz tradition of super-sports cars. While not directly based on a specific contemporary racing model, the design features many technical details from racing technology.
Examples include the “torque tube” between the engine and the rear axle, with a transaxle gearbox system: inside the tube is a carbon-fibre material shaft rotating at engine revolution speed, as used in the current Mercedes-Benz C‑Class racing touring car competing in the German Touring Car Masters championship. The car also has the 420-kW AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine and an aluminium space frame.
This super-sports car, with its swing-wing doors and lines after the style of the 300 SL, is the first car to be fully developed by AMG in the company’s history of over 40 years. As the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, the firm has successfully applied all its skills and experience to the development of high-performance cars on the basis of Mercedes-Benz models.
Production of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C 197) got under away at Sindelfingen in January 2010. Just a few weeks later, this extraordinary new vehicle established its claim to a place in the Mercedes-Benz super-sports car tradition by making its debut in the most exclusive of all motorsport event series: as from March 2010, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has been the new official F1™ safety car. Its predecessor in this capacity in the 2008 and 2009 seasons had been the SL 63 AMG. The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the most powerful and exclusive safety car ever seen in Formula 1 racing.
Meanwhile, the SLS AMG was also making its first appearance in the racing arena: at the end of March 2010, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the SLS AMG GT3 at Puebla in Mexico, as a purebred racing version of the super-sports car, with enhancements including a higher engine power rating. This sports car for sale to customers is designed to compete in both sprint and long-distance racing. The concept complies with the GT3 regulations of the FIA (International Automobile Federation), whose racing series for near-production GT vehicles has been gaining prominence all around the world in 2010. The SLS AMG GT3 differs from the production version in matters such as aerodynamic enhancements, roll bars and use of the HANS (head and neck support system) familiar from Formula 1.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C 197)
In production: from 2010
Engine: 8-cylinder, V arrangement
Displacement: 6208 cc
Power: 420 kW
Top speed: 317 km/h
Source: Daimler AG