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November's Cover: World's fastest Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

World's Fastest SLR McLaren

Aftermarket specialists bring together a combination of products from well-known tuners to create the ultimate Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR.

It all began with a 2006 McLaren SLR coupe modified by Renntech to produce 160 more horsepower through alterations to the car’s 5.5-liter supercharged V-8 engine. These modifications include a new supercharger pulley for more boost pressure as well as a re-tuned ECU. In addition, the vehicle is equipped with Renntech’s latest proprietary transmission cooler, sport exhaust, and modified intercooler pump and heat exchangers. Equipped with Hoosier drag radials, the SLR was able to consistently run 10.29-second quarter miles at Palm Beach International Raceway to both simultaneously embarrass owners of muscle cars designed for the straight-line race and claim the title of the world’s fastest SLR McLaren.

But work wasn’t finished on the 770-hp Renntech-modified SLR McLaren even after it claimed the title in April. Its carbon-fiber panels attributed to its high-performance levels, but it was still dressed in the stock sleeper body. That’s why the decision was made to apply an SLR Renovatio kit to the SLR coupe, the first time the kit would be applied outside of the Mansory factory. The entire car was stripped down to replace its panels with Mansory’s sculpted and aerodynamically enhanced units. For example, a new front apron channels cool air to the intercooler while the rear diffuser adds downforce at speed. The whole thing was dressed in a gloss white to hides its black carbon-fiber weave.

Topping things off is a set of Forgiato wheels. Forgiato says it uses forged aluminum parts to custom manufacture three-piece wheels to the exact specifications of the application. In the photo above, the SLR McLaren is wearing Maglia ECLs finished in the same white as the rest of the car.

Rounding out the changes is an interior swimming in Alcantara and carbon fiber.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 10/28/2011 at 9:43 AM
Categories: McLaren | Mercedes-Benz
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High-speed crash in Pagani Zonda included Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van

Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook and don’t believe all the comments you read in a Facebook comment application. However, a “Steffen Mc” did comment on our post about the 199-mph 62-mph Pagani Zonda Clubsport crash story, clarifying that the accident included a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and not the McLaren SLR as we had alluded.

Steffen Korbach

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 3/4/2011 at 3:45 AM
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Categories: Mercedes-Benz | Pagani
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Rare SLR Stirling Moss pops up in our classifieds, for sale in U.S.

Sitting at a cool $1.75 million, the SLR Stirling Moss for sale on the duPont REGISTRY web site is the only such car we have ever seen for sale inside the United States. As the description states, it is a 2010 model that has never been registered. It looks to be in pristine condition with only 50 miles on the odometer. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss was offered in a limited production run of 75 units with an original asking price of 750,000 Euros or approximately $1,000,000-plus at the current exchange rate. As the description also states, the car comes with a “showcar license” in order to be allowed for U.S. consumption.

Too good to be true? We had our concerns. The car is being sold under the name Michael Axtmann, an Internet entrepreneur from Germany who was once engaged to Tara Reid. The car has a Miami, Florida, address and Axtmann reportedly has homes in both Monaco and Miami. He is also rumored to own a SLR along with an assortment of Ferraris and Rolls-Royce cars. The number provided looked fake, with a country code located in the area code parenthesis. We decided to send an e-mail and heard back from a man claiming to be Michael Axtmann.

He told us the car is real and currently located in his garage in Germany. He included his German phone number in the classified ad although he may change that to a U.S. number very shortly. He has DOT-approved paperwork and was going to send the car to the U.S. once a buyer turned up. He now believes he will send the car stateside at the end of February, although he has some reservations about its ability to sell in the U.S.

Stirling Moss for Sale in U.S.

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 1/20/2011 at 4:01 AM
Categories: Mercedes-Benz
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McLaren to re-release SLR?

**Update** McLaren will offer a package that current SLR owners can retrofit to their cars. The package will be limited to 25 units.**Update**

Mercedes-Benz stopped building the SLR McLaren last year. Now reports say McLaren will be taking the reins and re-releasing a small batch of SLR cars called simply enough the “SLR McLaren Edition.” The 25-unit run will be separated from a base Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren via new aerodynamic modifications and some handling and suspension tweaks. No word if the car will make the same 617 hp as the base SLR or utilize the more-powerful 650-hp SLR 722 power plant.


SLR McLaren Edition

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Posted on: 12/2/2010 at 3:57 AM
Categories: McLaren
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Upcoming Leake auction features 13 exotics for charity

Thanks to a generous donation from a private collector, 13 exotic cars will be auctioned off at the Leake Car Auction in Dallas, Texas, November 19–21, 2010, to benefit the Jesse Tree charity. Jesse Tree is a faith-based organization that works to connect people with the care and help, including health care, social, and ministerial services, in their time of need.

The baker’s dozen from Tony Buzbee’s, a hard-fighting lawyer, private collection includes a 2006 Saleen S7, 2008 Spyker C8 Spyder, 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago, 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo, 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish S, 2007 Bentley Azure, 2005 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, 1974 Volkswagen Thing, 1930 Ford Model A, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, 2008 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Convertible, 2005 Ford GT Coupe, and a 2002 Ferrari F360 Spider.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for children. Leake Car Auctions anticipates that 500 cars will cross the auction block that weekend.

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Leake Auction Charity Cars

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Barrett-Jackson off and running and already bringing in more money

The 2010 Barrett-Jackson Auction is underway at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas and sales are already up from the previous year. As of this morning, 176 cars have crossed the auction block for a grand total of $4.2 million, up from the $3.7 million it sold last year with 148 autos. Barrett-Jackson hopes that this year’s pool of more than 500 collector, luxury, and exotic cars generates more than the $23 million it made last year on 400 similar lots. The auction runs from Thursday to Saturday and includes such standout vehicles like a 1985 Camaro that has been autographed by Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and Tom Petty; a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren convertible; a 2008 Bugatti Veyron; and the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible we previously told you about.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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Posted on: 9/24/2010 at 9:25 AM
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Part of Rothstein's exotic car collection to go to auction

Scott Rothstein was able to use his position as a lawyer to coax millions of dollars out of people that trusted him. The man known for wearing and driving in only the best, Rothstein is now awaiting sentencing in what has turned out to be a $1.4-billion Ponzi scheme. Rothstein’s sentencing is June 9, 2010, where he faces up to 100 years in prison. In the meantime, ten of Rothstein’s cars, only a small part of his exotic car collection, will be going up for auction on June 3, 2010, to give back some of the money to those he swindled.

Among the cars to go up for auction that day are a 2008 Bugatti Veyron, two red Ferrari 430 Spiders (a 2006 and a 2008), a 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670 SV, a white 2009 Bentley Continental GTC, a red and black 1967 Corvette, a yellow 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Roadster, 2008 Cadillac Escalade, a blue 2009 Maserati GranTurismo, and a 2007 Ford Expedition limo.

If now of these vehicles perk your interest, we are still awaiting a 1990 Ferrari F40, a silver 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2008 Mercedes-Benz S65, and a couple boats to go up for auction.

[via Sun Sentinel and Rick Levin Auctions]

Rothstein Exotic Car Auction

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Mercedes builds the last batch of SLRs

The reign of the Mercedes-Benz SLR is coming to end. The last of the SLR Stirling Moss models are currently in production and once those are finished, no more will be built. Mercedes-Benz and McLaren originally teamed up to produce the SLR (Sporty Light Raceworthy) but have since decided to go their own ways, meaning once production ends for the iconic car, the Mercedes-Benz and McLaren relationship will end as well.  Of the 2,000 SLRs built since 2004,  all are one of five variants:  the original SLR coupe, the open-top SLR Roadster, the more-powerful SLR 722 edition, the more-powerful open-top SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S, and finally the SLR Stirling Moss. Production of the SLR ended with a run of 75 Stirling Moss cars to be sold to people in Europe.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR paid homage to the 300 SLR. The 300 SLR race car was infamous for placing first in the Mille Miglia, Eifelrennen, Swedish Grand Prix Tourist Trophy, and the Targa Florio in 1955. The 300 SLR coupe was a cross between the 300 SLR race car and the 300 SL Gullwing but, unfortunately, never went into production; only two pre-production models are now in existence.

[via Mercedes-Benz]

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

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Posted on: 12/4/2009 at 3:48 AM
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Scott Rothstein's ponzi scheme affords him huge exotic-car collection

Scott Rothstein, the man behind a huge ponzi scheme, had his assests seized and his collection of exotic cars, including a Bugatti Veyron, towed away by FBI agents this past week. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, resident was well known for traveling in style. A local paper has compiled a list of his vehicles, if they are registered to Rothstein or one of his companies, and their approximate values:

$1,600,000.00 - 2008 Bugatti Veyron - WAWW 10

$1,600,000.00 - 2004 Bugatti Veyron - Scott Rothstein

$495,000.00 – 2008 Mercedes SLR – Scott Rothstein

$483,833.00 – 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom – Scott Rothstein

$483,833.00 – 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom -WAWW2

$443,713.00 – 1990 Ferrari F40 – Scott Rothstein

$354,000.00 – 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago – Scott Rothstein

$354,000.00 – 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago – Scott Rothstein

$335,000.00 – 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago - WAWW7

$326,981.00 – 2007 Ferrari 599 – Scott Rothstein

$279,000.00 – 2008 Ferrari F430 - WAWW2

$249,000.00 – 2006 Ferrari F430 - WAWW6

$189,000.00 – 2007 Spyker – Scott Rothstein

$179,950.00 – 1974 Ferrari GTS coupe – Scott Rothstein

$174,100.00 – 2009 Bentley Continental – Scott Rothstein

$106,485.00 – 2006 Hummer H1 - WAWW7

$58,950.00 – 2005 Porsche 911 – Scott Rothstein

$54,900.00 – 2008 Cadillac Escalade - WAWW 15

$54,900.00 – 2008 Cadillac Escalade - WAWW2

$47,000.00 – 2007 Cadillac Escalade - WAWW2

$40,525.00 – 2008 Chevrolet Corvette - WAWW2

$28,000.00 – 2007 Ford Expedition – Scott Rothstein

$21,500.00 - 2008 Chevrolet Express - Bova Prime and WAWW16

$13,825.00 – 2008 Pontiac G6 - WAWW 13

$11,650.00 – 2007 Pontiac G6 - WAWW 5

[via Sun-Sentinel]

Scott Rothstein's Rolls-Royce Phantom

Scott Rothstein's Bentley Continental GTC

Scott Rothstein's Bugatti Veyron

Exotics and luxury abound at the 2009 Frankfurt Show

The 63rd annual Frankfurt Motor Show is well underway. Frankfurt is well known for unveiling some of the newest and greatest vehicles set to be sold in the 2010 calendar year. This year is no exception, with many brands showcasing some very exotic and luxurious automobiles they have coming down the pipe. Read about and see pictures of the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show's standout cars.


Lamborghini Reventon Roadster under cover

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