Mercedes is planning a speedster version of the SLR supercar to mark the end of production next year. The car will be strictly limited to just 75 cars and will be highly modified with no roof and no windscreen.
The doors lift vertically and the driver will only be protected by a small deflector. The benefit of all this is a lower curb weight and the car is expected to accelerate from 0-180mph in 26 seconds and will have a top speed of 218mph.
It should weigh in up to 200kg lighter than the standard model thanks to increased use of carbon fibre in the body, new carbon-ceramic brakes and a new exhaust system. The air conditioning system and power windows have also been removed.
It should cost in the region of €450,000 ($712,605) and is expected to be presented at the end of the month by Lewis Hamilton, who is also expected to be given one of the cars.
The limited edition car is a nod towards the silver 300 SLR driven by Stirling Moss in the mid fifties and will have no roof and only a small wind screen in place of the car’s windshield.