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Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren: Gloss To Matte Black with Self-Healing Film. Houston, Texas

The Sixth Element

Carbon fiber has long been renowned as one of the strongest and lightest materials for manufacturing. It's composed of mostly carbon atoms bonded together in a long line creating a fiber. A fiber that's incredibly strong for it's size. Take several of those fibers and weave them into a fabric, which can then be molded into shape for various materials. Why am I talking about carbon fiber? The entire body of the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR is made of carbon fiber. I'd like to think that McLaren played a huge part when designing the body, taking it's carbon fiber element from their Formula 1 race cars. Because carbon fiber weighs half what it's steel counterpart weighs, the SLR can rocket to 60 in just 3.5 seconds.


In Top Gun, in order for Tom Cruise (Maverick) to fire his F14's rocket launchers, he had to flip up a cover on the yoke to display the launch button. That's exactly how you start the SLR. Flip up the cover atop the gear shifter to press the engine start button, and you are rewarded with the amazing sound track that plays through the side-exit exhaust. That has to do with what sits under the hood. The engine is the 5.4 liter supercharged V8 from the SL55 that normally produces 493 horsepower and 516 lb ft. The crew at AMG and McLaren didn't think that was enough, so power was increased to an astounding 626 horsepower and 575 lb ft. Weight distribution is a near perfect at 51/49 front and rear with the curb weight coming in at 3,733 lbs.


When Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson got his hands on the SLR for the first time back in 2004 he did a braking test. But this wasn't an ordinary brake test. The UK's highway code standards state that a car must be able to stop from 60 in 240 feet. When Jeremy did the test he didn't try it from 60 miles per hour. Instead he did it from 120 miles per hour. Double the standard. The car stopped a foot or two short of the 240 feet mark, thanks to the carbon ceramic brakes.

Matte Black

The owner of this super rare super car came into our Houston shop wanting an entire Stealth film wrap. If you aren't familiar with our XPEL STEALTH self-healing paint protection film , it gives any painted surface a "matte" appearance. Best of all though, is that is retains its self-healing qualities from the Ultimate film. We covered the entire car bumper to bumper.