• Jan 8, 2010
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG set to do the impossible – Click above to view the video after the jump

Years ago, when reading about the Saleen S7 supercar, our mental jaws were dropped by one particular info-tidbit. Seems as if the ground effects and aerodynamics on the S7 created so much downforce at speed that you could drive it upside down! Likely? Let's just say no. But a fantastic mental image nonetheless.

But surely no one would be crazy enough to actually, you know, drive a car upside down, right? Mr. skeptic, meet Mercedes-Benz. Or more specifically, meet the SLS AMG gullwing supercar, which does its best Lionel Richie impersonation in the video after the jump.

The obvious question is whether this is real? Internal Autoblog opinion is sharply divided. Some of us feel that sure, given the right conditions plus luck and one hell of a driver you very well could drive this car upside down. Others are screaming, "fake!" Still others are on the phone with in-the-dark Daimler PR folks trying to get a straight yes or no answer. All we know for sure is that, "marbles don't need no downforce." And yes, Top Gear did it first, we know. Videos can be found after the jump.



Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz via YouTube]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Rendered or not, Mercedes did prove some basic physics here:

      "You can't outrun ugly."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good advertisement, no I'm sorry but that is not real. It is clever videography and some nice effects.

      I always do this at the end, of course... it IS Mercedes-Benz, why would they do such a thing if it wasn't so clean cut? They would definitely put in the time to figure everything out perfectly, especially since that is what their brand is about. If they say its real, I would believe it. Until then, its not real to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta be fake. The stunt is wayy too clean to be real. And I must say, if it was real, they would not have had the balls to put the firemen there in what was possibly the WORST spot for them.

      Nice ad nevertheless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was so hoping that this would be a legit stunt. So fake. Not even well done. The first thing I noticed was no cameras. And after watching it slowly, the cutting and pasting of the car and the ramps was terrible. Not even CGI, just bad skills at Photoshop. I'm glad it was Mercedes. I hate Mercedes. Good thing it wasn't Porsche, Audi, or BMW. They aren't careless with there ads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The SLS ad and the Top Gear part are both fake.. I don't understand how people can think it is not!

      Theses days when someone does anything a bit spectacular with a car you get to see it from at least two different camera angles..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think mercedes is just COPYing Gumpert. That's my .02 worth
      • 5 Years Ago
      i remember farrari saying the same thing about the 355
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful car...great stunt...James Bond anyone? Who cares? Well done video!
      • 5 Years Ago
      stunt bike riders has done this trick in enclosed globes in less than 50 MPH, this is nothing at 200 MPH and has nothing to do with down force.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you advance it frame by frame, you see the car simply disappear. Also, downward force requires a flat surface. A tunnel roof is anything but. Not to mention that the Mercedes itself is not flat enough on the bottom, nor is it going fast enough if it were.

      • 5 Years Ago
      That machine just sounds good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know it is fake, the bridge they cross is on Hwy 1 in BC, Canada called Alexandra. The tunnel is one of the tunnels just north of the bridge and is not that long. You can also see the lights on the edge of the tunnel have been painted out where the car comes back down from the ceiling. The ending shots of the car driving along the road are along the newly paved in 2009 hwy 99 along Duffy lake. The last shot where the car parks is at the boat launch at the east end of Duffy lake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a massive merc fan but I'm not even going to pretend that this was real.

      Possible, yes. But the video is fake. Kinda obvious.

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