The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition is a car that was produced by both McLaren Cars and Daimler Chrysler. As of this writing, it is the second fastest car in the world behind the Bugatti Veyron. It was manufactured in Woking, England, and the SRL stands for "super-leict, Rennsport," which is translated into "super-light, racing." The price for this car \starts at about $450,000 making it much cheaper than the Bugatti Veyron. The 722 Edition was first introduced in 2006, and the 722 is used to denote the victory that Denis Jenkinson and Stirling Moss gained in 1955.
In terms of performance, this car is a powerhouse. It can generate 650 bhp, and it can reach a maximum speed of 337 km/h. The engineers focused on fixing a number of key problems that occured with the previous model. They put in a new suspension, and the newer model uses alloy wheels that are 19 inches. The company plans to end production of the vehicle in 2008. The SLR 722 Edition has a level of power that puts it in the category of a supercar. The engine is a 5.5 L V8, and it is supercharged. The designers of this car took their inspiration from the Mercedes Benz 300 SLR that was produced during the 1950s. One thing that makes the SLR distinct are its doors, which use gullwings.
The engine of this car is designed for power, speed, and endurance. It is a dry sumped engine that can produce 6500 rpm, and the engineers worked hard to maximize its capabilities. The fuel pump was enlarged, and they also added a larger cooling system that is capable of absorbing air into the vehicle to assist in cooling the engine. Each cylinder comes with three valves, and this is uncommon with most supercars. While most supercars have their engines in the rear, the Mercedes Benz SLR 722 Edition has the engine in the front mid section. Because of its speed, it was important for engineers to place a high emphasis on the breaks.
The brake discs are made with carbon ceramics, and this allows the car to stop much faster and easier. It also reduces the resistance. All together, the braking power of this car is measured at 1500 kW. If it becomes wet, the calipers will immediately move along the disk surface to make sure they are dry. The company also made the decision of adding a spoiler to the back of the car. This spoiler will automatically open when the brakes are activated at very high speeds. The spoiler is used to increase drag, and this combined with a number of other features allows the Mercedes Benz SLR 722 Edition to break faster than any other car in its class, including the Bugatti Veyron.
Despite this, the braking system of the car has been subject to criticism. While there is no doubt that the brakes are superbly powerful, many complain that they are either activated or deactivated. When the car is in the process of braking, additional fuel will be transferred to the engine to cool it down. Because the exhaust was added to the front, the driver can smell the fuel.