Mercedes-Benz is an internationally renowned vehicle brand that is associated with luxury, comfort and reliability. The vehicle brand is manufactured by the German automaker Daimler AG.
McLaren Automotive is a British automaker that designs and produces sports car under the McLaren brand name.
What is unknown to many is that Mercedes-Benz and McLaren enjoy a healthy relationship. The relationship between the two vehicle brands has helped in the designing and production of cars that meet the needs of the modern world. This relationship has also helped to advance the development of powerful engines for both vehicle brands.
Mercedes Benz and McLaren in Formula 1
The relationship between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren is evident in their collaboration in Formula 1 racing. The manufacturer of the sports cars made Formula 1 cars but did not have the expertise to produce engines for the cars. When they decided to buy the engines off the shelf, they used Mercedes-Benz powered engines. These engines were used for a considerable period, a factor that strengthened the relationship between the two brands.
Although the arrangement that provided for the use of Mercedes-Benz powered engines has been interrupted several times, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren struck a deal to collaborate during the Formula 1 2016 season. Despite the numerous regulations in the sport, the deal saw the two automakers produce Formula 1 vehicles that deliver performance.
Instances of collaboration
One of the most notable collaborations between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren is the supply of engines for Formula 1. The engine supply deal has been a long-standing one, carrying on for over 15 years. With the deal having been revived last year, many people expect that it will go on for many years to come.
The two partners have also brought together their combined expertise, experience and innovation to develop a variety of cars. With such big brands behind the vehicles, the automobiles are known to have introduced the best of performance, luxury and reliability into the automotive market. Indeed, both Mercedes-Benz and McLaren have benefited from the joint initiatives.
Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR
The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR is a car that was developed jointly by these two partnering brands. The SLR was sold between the years 2003 and 2010. At the time when the car was being developed, Mercedes-Benz had a 40 percent stake in the McLaren Group. SLR is an abbreviation for Sport Light Racing, a name that was adopted in recognition of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, an automobile from which the inspiration to develop the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren developed. The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR was offered both as a coupe and as a roadster.
When it was released into the market, the jointly developed SLR was super expensive. The car was targeted at CEOs and business moguls, with a new one going for as much as half a million dollars. Since the production of the car was discontinued in 2009, it is unlikely that those who did not see it will get to see one.
Features and performance
As expected, the melding of some of the best vehicle brands in the world produced a masterpiece. The Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR had a very powerful engine that allowed it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just four seconds. It also had a top speed that went beyond 200 mph. The doors of the car opened in a forward and upwards swing action while the interior featured plenty of aluminum and carbon-fiber trim, making it the epitome of luxury.
Introduced in 2005 as a two-seat coupe, the 2005 SLR was fitted with a supercharged 5.4L, V8 engine that churned out 617 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. Some of the luxury features included seats covered with supple leather, six CD-changer stereo system, Antilock brakes, dual-zone climate control and adaptive cruise control.
The 2007 model was offered as a 722 Edition coupe. Nevertheless, under the hood of the coupe was a v8 engine that pumped out 641 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque. From 2008, the coupe was replaced by a roadster as the SLR body style. In 2009, the last year of production, the 722 S Roadster was released into the market.
After Mercedes-Benz and McLaren had collaborated in a number of projects, the expertise was transferred to the design and production of several Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The Mercedes-AMG combines high performance and craftsmanship. Daimler-Benz AG, the company that owns Mercedes-Benz took over control of AMG around 1999 and went ahead to own the brand fully in 2005. All AMG models have a bold and aggressive exterior style, offer great handling, excellent stability and impressive performance. In every class on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the AMG version is usually the most expensive and highest performing, testimony to the amount of work that goes into producing an AMG.
Although Maybach was founded in 1909, the ultra-luxury vehicle was acquired by Daimler in 1960. Daimler currently produces Maybach as an edition of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Mercedes-Maybach, just like the Mercedes-AMG brand, has earned a reputation for delivering performance and offering the best in luxury.
Today, both the Mercedes-Benz AMG and Mercedes-Maybach have their individual lines of production. The two Mercedes-Benz models are known as the top of range high performance luxury cars. As we go into the future, we can only expect that Mercedes-Benz will continue to offer higher performance, more luxurious vehicles that incorporate the latest technological features.