Carlsson shows Mercedes-Benz SLK 340 race car

Carlsson SLK 340
Carlsson has hailed the world premiere of its Mercedes-Benz SLK-based hill climb racer a complete success.

Débuted at The Geneva motor Show, Swiss team Meisel Motorsport are handling the project, headed by team leader and driver Reto Meisel, who will compete in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category.

A total of 1,800 hours of development has gone into the SLK, which builds on the success the 190 EVO, including time in the wind tunnel developing its carbon fibre wide-body aero package and closed under-body layout.

Propulsion comes from a 3.4-litre V8 Judd engine, tuned to develop an impressive 455 kW (610 hp) and 430 Nm of torque, which is mated to a Hewland transmission operated by flappy paddle shifters.

Other features on this 780 kg machine include a complex safety cage, a Fibreworks racing seat, lightweight braking system, 3-way adjustable KW competition suspension and a set of BBS racing wheels, measuring 10 and 13 x 18-inches and wrapped in sticky Avon rubber.

“We developed the design over a long period of time and with lots of feeling. As an engineer, it is a pleasure to contribute to such a project, and we can show everything that is technically possible in the vehicle in cooperation with Carlsson,” said Markus Schuster, Managing Director of Carlsson. “The premiere was a complete success,” added Carlsson’s Mathias R. Albert.

[Source: Carlsson]

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