Last SLRs have now been built and the two firms have now parted ways
4 December 2009

McLaren and Mercedes have officially parted ways after the last SLR Stirling Moss editions were built in Woking.

The two firms have long been partners, both in developing road cars and in Formula 1, but these agreements have now ended.

McLaren produced 2000 SLRs at its Woking factory, with five different variants having appeared since the car's launch in 2004.

Since January McLaren has been building the 75 Stirling Moss variants of the SLR, but it will now fully switch its attentions to production of its MP4-12C. Mercedes has its own rival for that car, the SLS AMG, which is due to reach the UK in July.

Last month Mercedes announced it was selling its 40 per cent share in McLaren's F1 team and would instead enter its own factory team after completing a buyout of Brawn. This means the two former partners will now be direct rivals, both with race cars and on the road.

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4 December 2009

The writing was on the wall for the tie up at the beginning of the SLR's production after a relatively well publicised disagreement between the two companies over the "direction of development" of the car.

One positive outcome will be that at least the two companies are professional enough not to end up in a media spat at some point in the future, either on the road or track.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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