Mercedes-McLaren SLR ‘Renovatio’ by MANSORY
Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
McLaren has been producing the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren since 2004, but only now has supercar-tuning specialist Mansory decided to modify gull wing racer and transform it into the new ‘Renovatio’. For the latest release, not only was the car fitted with a number of custom aero pieces, the engine too has been upgraded with a new supercharger while the interior also gets a revamp.The first task for engineers was to reduce the weight of the SLR. To do this, components were replaced with lighter units. The stock wheels, for instance, were swapped with ultra-light forged units, while many of the car’s body parts were replaced with lighter carbon-fiber pieces.One component of the new bodykit is the front apron, which has been designed to channel air to a pair of uprated intercoolers mounted behind the front bumper. Completing the kit is a pair of new side skirts and rear wheel arch extensions. A new rear apron with an integrated diffuser takes care of additional downforce and gives the modded SLR more of a race car look.The 5.5L V8 engine with its standard 626hp is upgraded to the tune of 700hp and 880Nm thanks to a new supercharger and intercooler kit. As a result the Renovatio is two tenths faster from zero to 100km/h than the production model, while top speed climbs to 340km/h.Inside, the car gets plenty of leather and carbon-fiber trim, as well as new aluminum pedals and illuminated door tread plates.