Much more than a symbol of technical sophistication and extreme performance, the SLR Stirling Moss is the product of a long history - a history marked as much by victory as by the terrible tragedy of the 1955 Le Mans 24 hours. Benefiting from the competitive experience of both Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, this reincarnation of the original 1955 300 SLR pays homage to a great British racing driver, who, among other feats, retains the the record for Mille Miglia to this day.
At the start of the 21st century, while Ferrari unveiled the Enzo and Porsche the famous Carerra GT, Mercedes-Benz set out on their own supercar adventure with the SLR McLaren. SLR: three letters that associate sport, light and competition (Sport, Leicht, Rennsport), and immediately bring to mind one of the most legendary automobiles of the fifties, the 300 SLR.
A symbol of the collaborative spirit between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren, partners in F1 competition, the SLR McLaren was unveiled on September 8 2003 at Brescia, Italy - a most appropriate place for the German constructor to launch its new star, given that it was where its illustrious ancestor had first proved its mettle at the 1955 Mille Miglia.
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