Benefit from the sights and sounds of the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR


There is just one factor to do after hammering a
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR round a observe: drive it house. Within the
pantheon of uncommon machines, this one finds itself close to the highest
of the checklist with different sensible homologation specials.

spent years competing within the Worldwide Touring Automobile
Championship with the likes of Opel and Alfa Romeo, however when
that sequence shuttered in 1996, Mercedes-Benz turned its
consideration elsewhere. Specifically: the FIA GT Championship. There,
the automaker would face off towards sharper competitors from
Porsche and Ferrari. It wanted a brand new brawler to maintain the

Mercedes-AMG engineers got here up with the CLK GTR. There have been two
variations. The primary got here from the race store with a 6.Zero-liter
V-12 engine that produced roughly 600 horsepower. Later
variations would see that quantity climb to 630. A 6-speed
sequential transmission dealt with shifting responsibility. The driveline
rested in a good looking chassis constructed from an aluminum and carbon
fiber honeycomb monocoque. It was a power of nature, and it was
constructed shortly. From drafting board to the primary race of the 1997
season, it took Mercedes-Benz 128 days to design, engineer, and
construct the automotive.

That is to not say it was a weapon proper out of the field. Early
season fumbles meant the CLK GTR did not make the rostrum till
the fourth spherical on the Nürburgring. After that, the automotive took
5 extra wins, thereby securing each the producer and
driver championships.

The second variation was constructed to compete at Le Mans, and
featured what was regarded as a extra sturdy 6.Zero-liter V-Eight.
That reasoning proved unfaithful, because the 1998
24 Hours of Le Mans noticed each of the entered CLK LMs bow out
of the race with engine failures.

Street vehicles like this one, nonetheless, retained the large V-12.
Mercedes-Benz constructed simply 25 examples, and if the automotive is uncommon,
seeing one pushed as supposed is much more distinctive. Verify it
out, hear its wonderful sounds, and revel within the rarity within the
video above.


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