Carlsson Announces SLK 340 Racecar


German Mercedes-Benz tuning specialist reveals its one-off racer it plans to use in international hill climb events.

At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Carlsson will display a one-off racecar based on the new generation Mercedes SLK-Class the company intends to use in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category. Developed from scratch on a body shell, the racecar has been kept superlight and weighs in at just 780 kg. Power comes from a 3.4-liter V8 that delivers 610 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a paddle-shift controlled Hewland transmission.

Exterior mods include an ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber body kit consisting of a front splitter, rear wing and massive diffuser, and a set of 18-inch BBS racing wheels wrapped in AVON tires. Helping keep the racecar glued to the track is a three-way adjustable KW competition suspension and a lightweight high-performance brake system affords it with brutal stopping power. There are no shots of the interior but Carlsson insists the cabin features Fiberworks racing seats and a complex roll cage. Further details will be revealed close to or upon its unveiling in Geneva.

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