FB Update: Custom Recaros

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Bulletproof custom Recaro SR-7 in G35 coupe

We’ve begun doing custom interior work. Here is Terry’s G35 Coupe featuring Japanese market Recaro SR-7 seats with full custom refinishing in Mercedes leather.

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Retrosexual: SLS GT3 Race Car by Ben Schaffer

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SLS GT3 Race Car

When I first saw the new SLS Mercedes I didn’t know quite what to think. If I’m honest with myself, it was one of those cars that I was unimpressed with at first glance and then with each new look it grew on me. Regardless of the SLS growing on me, I never really thought about it in the context of a race car. So when I saw the news that Mercedes was building a race version SLS I couldn’t even begin to imagine what to expect.

The SLS is obviously a very retro influenced car to begin with, paying homage to the classic 300SL gullwing. Most logic would say that mishmashing modern racing aerodynamic design on a retro influenced car would lead to massive style clash and lost identity. Yet the SLS GT3 in my opinion turned out to be extremely sexy! So sexy that it made me make up a new word to describe it, retrosexual. I think you would agree…

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The German Batmobile by Alex Butti

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Mercedes CLK GT-R

That’s what came to mind when I first saw this car in flesh. It looked like a German version of the Batmobile.

(EDIT BY BEN – I CO-SIGN THIS, THE CLK-GTR IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALL TIME CARS, ITS JUST NUTS!)

So a couple of years ago I got a phone call from my brother, while I was visiting my father in Switzerland. The call was quite stark. All my brother said was: “You GOT to see this!” Knowing how much I love cars, I wondered if what he saw would meet my high expectation.

Mercedes CLK-GTR
I would have never thought I would see a Mercedes CLK GTR in my life time. The car was primarly built for the FIA GT championship and later on for the Le Mans race and it saw the light in 1997 all the way to 2002, and it was produced by AMG with the help of Iimor Engineering. For those of you that don’t know Iimor Engineering is responsible to design, fabricate and assemble F1 engines.
Anyway, only 35 CLK GTR were built. 9 used for racing (CLK LM), and the rest 26 were the street version.

Mercedes CLK-GTR

Underneath that polycarbonate rear windshield sits the pride and joy of Ilmor work: a 6.8 liter V12 that puts down 720 hp at the crank and 572 ft/tq.

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Exterior-wise there are few subtle differences betweet the road version GTR and the race version LM; the main one being the rear wing. While the GTR has a fixed unit, the LM has an adjustable wing that attaches directly onto the chassis. Another aerodinamic enhancement is the longer front splitter.

Mercedes CLK-GTR

Unfortunately there isn’t much to see underneath the car. The whole belly has been covered with a sheet of dry carbon fiber extending from the front splitter all the way to the rear diffuser.
The round carbon piece you see in the picture above is the hydraulic jack.

Mercedes CLK-GTR
What surprised me the most though is the mechanical grip this car has. In front you will find 295/35/18 tires, while in the rear, there are 345/35/18. When was the last time you saw a supercar featuring 295 tires up front? As you can see from the picture above, 6 pistons AP Racing calipers takes care of the stopping power, while in the rear there are 4 pots.

I consider myself very lucky. A big “thank you” goes to my brother, if it was not for him, I would have never been able to witness such master piece.

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Hater Fodder – Red and Gold Mercedes SLR

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Switzerland is responsible for this gaudy addition to our Hater Fodder section of the blog. Below you can see the base SLR they used, and after looking at the guy in the picture you can almost guess where this project is headed…

Red and Gold SLR Mercedes

So what do you get when that guy designs a SLR?

Red and Gold SLR Mercedes

So lets ignore the gold and ruby interior, or the way those SLR rims manage to look hideous after a gold plating with red center caps. This car is worthy of the hater fodder topic just because of that rear wing being on a SLR. It looks like someone got in on that liquidation sale of Erebuni’s old 1990s inventory of shogun style wings. The front bumper sadly is no better. The car is all SHOCK AND AWE(ful).

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But really…you just need to see another picture of the creator of the car. I feel like this post is more about that guy than the Mercedes, since he really embodies his creation.

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Source: http://www.anliker-ueli.ch/index.php/bilderwelt

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Wild Aero For Mercedes SLR

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FAB Design Mercedes SLR

FAB Design in Switzerland created this wild aero package for the SLR. I really wonder if this is nessasary for such a limited production car…I’d be surprised if they sold more than two or three of these.

At first I wasnt sure what I felt about the kit, it certianly is wild! After a bit more time to digest it, I think they did a commendable job. I like the extended lines on the widebody fenders, I find that to be  unique touch. The symmetry on the rear is quite interesting between the wing and the rear bumper/diffuser. Honestly I dont like the wing design and I doubt its functionality to some degree, but I have to admit that they integrated it nicely into the rear bumper/profile design. Then the long nose front bumper…I wanted to hate it, but I like the drama it creates. The SLR is already a supercar but this long nose front bumper especially gives it more presence.

Overall I find it to be a very unique kit and surprisingly controversial for such an upper class semi-conservative supercar.

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Nigo’s 300SL Gullwing Benz

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Nigo, the founder of A Bathing Ape clothing in Japan is known to have a fairly nutty collection of cars. I first took notice when shortly after the Rolls Royce Phantom was released Nigo got his hands on one and did the whole car in his signature BAPE camouflage. Then later on I put a picture on this blog of his Bugatti Veyron with pink BAPE camo.

Now on his blog, Nigo put out a teaser shot of his latest car.

300SL Gullwing Nigo BAPE with AMG

Word is that he had AMG custom build him a gullwing 1954 300SL Mercedes Benz with a modern AMG engine transplant (6.0L V8 I presume) and custom interior. I’m looking forward to seeing what madness Nigo has done to this classic. Nigo on his blog said that the 300SL is his dream car.

Source is Nigo’s blog here: http://blog.honeyee.com/nigo/

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