MSO Modified McLaren SLR Brings Race Cred
In December 2021, images of a very special Mercedes-Benz appeared online. The images were not shared by the German automaker, but rather by McLaren Special Operations customers. They teased a new limited run of modified Mercedes-Benz SLR McLarens built by MSO. A legal homage to 722 GT race cars, this new SLR HDK is an extreme supercar project. Thanks to real estate tycoon and super SLR fan, Manny Khoshbinwe have some more details.
For those unfamiliar with the SLR range, only 21 examples of the 722 GT were scheduled for production at the time in a one-make series called the SLR Club. The cars were built by the RML Group with Mercedes-Benz approval and modified for racing. The body was widened to accept larger rubber. Aerodynamic concessions spoiled the SLR’s flowing lines with vents and diffusers. A large fender graced the rear of the cars, completing the exterior treatment. Under the hood was a modified variant of the car’s supercharged 5.4-litre M155 V8 which produced 680 bhp. The interior of the 722 GT is as stripped down and purposeful as you would expect from a racing car. The cars carried an MSRP of $1.2 million when they arrived, which would have dampened interest in the series itself. Only 12 cars were built, according to reports.
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Now, however, MSO hopes to give a few more Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren owners the chance to experience the magic of the 722 GT. MSO’s new HDK (High Downforce Kit) package will see your, uh, more pedestrian SLR adopts the wider body of the 722 GT. A host of mechanical tweaks will refine the aging supercar’s driving dynamics, hoping to bring a bit more of that race car feel to the road. In addition to the handling package, MSO will include an improved steering system. Unlike the factory-built 722 GT models, these new versions will receive a fully trimmed interior. The MSO SLR HDK is also street legal.
MSO will charge customers $350,000 for the SLR HDK, assuming you already have a donor car available. Even then, the company only plans to build 12 copies of the car. And while there will be people upset to see such an important vehicle modified like this, it’s important to remember that Mercedes sold 2,157 examples of the SLR. That’s way more than the limited production numbers we see on today’s high-end sports cars.
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