• Jul 3rd 2008 at 10:26AM
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Click above for more pics of the Mclaren SLR Speedster.

Following yesterday's revelation that Mercedes and McLaren were preparing to launch a special lightweight version of their SLR supercar, a batch of spy shots plus a spy video have surfaced, giving us a sneak peek at the limited-edition roadster prior to its anticipated unveiling by McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton towards the end of the month.

The images – which appear to have been released by the manufacturer itself – confirm our previous report that the roofless supercar will have little in the way of protection from the elements, with an F1-sized wind deflector screen as the only thing between the driver and the wind rushing by at breakneck speeds. Inspired by the original '50's-era 300 SLR, the new speedster will be faster than any previous SLR and be built in a small serial of 75 examples.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      So how about they enter this in ALMS in LMP2?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best part is the cameraman fumbling in the trees and bushes...lol.

      And the car look so unnecessarily top secret. Sounds cool though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      or its kinda like battleships of WWII....you cant make out any distinct shapes and contour lines
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yep. It almost like hides the lines so you can't see them. The contrasting colors and shapes trick your eyes, so you can't see any design elements and stuff. They do it so you can say: "I knew is was going to be nice, but not THAT nice!" You know, to keep the Initial reactions pure to the moment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes it more difficult to see the shapes underneath by modifying the brightness and contrast in photoshop.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just hope Lewis doesn't let his dad drive it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jez, That is ugly. Looks like a hot wheels car. What a horrible design. I talked to guy once about 2 months ago that worked for Mersades in the mcLaren, Maybach section but he didn't revel anything about the new car just that the slr will be dead by 2010. Horrible replacment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Without a windshield and top, this car sure looks long. The ultimate compensation car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a gorgeous mosaic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow that thing is gonna be awesome!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also builds hype by making sure anybody with a camera gets a picture by using less than subtle colors.

      Think the production version will have a wind shield?
      • 7 Years Ago
      NO NO NO!

      A provocative Mercedes with look-at-me styling! And they'll make it too!
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