Martin Whitmarsh, managing director of McLaren, has been quoted by GrandPrix.com as saying that the company is working with Mercedes-Benz to develop a successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR.

Whitmarsh says, "The level of interest in McLaren from Mercedes-Benz is higher than it has ever been. There is a clear commitment to be in F1 in the long term and refreshed interest in road car activities. I think it is increasingly likely that there will be a range of sportscars designed in Woking in the future." (Woking is the home of the McLaren Technology Center, where the SLR is manufactured.)

The SLR supercar is widely regarded as a technical tour de force, but a failure in the marketplace, and a somewhat disappointing follow-on to the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Hopefully, the lessons learned from the SLR experience will give future road car programs a better chance at success.

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