In the run up to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March where Carlsson will be showing two new models, the German tuning house have released official renderings of their take on the Mercedes-Benz SLK 340. The car has been designed for racing and will be used in the E1 international hill climbing category.
Power for the SLK comes from a 3.4 litre V-8 that produces 610 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. A Hewland paddle-shift gearbox transmits the power to the wheels and 3-way KW suspension helps the car stay balanced as it accelerates up the twists and turns found on a typical hill climb course. Many of the standard SLK’s components have been replaced with carbon fibre, which means a weigh of just 780 kg. As this is a racing car, Avon tyres have been wrapped around the 18 inch BBS wheels and a newly developed racing seat from Fibreworks also aids the weight loss.
In the past, Carlsson have produced body kits to enhance anything from the SMART to the SLR McLaren. They’ve even reworked the M-Class SUVs and V-Class vans with tuning and performance parts, but their work on racing cars is not as extensive. They supported teams in the Cross Country Rally Worldcup with a tuned Mercedes-Benz ML in 2003 and have worked on a racing version of the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350, which won its class at the Nurburgring 24-hour race, so this will be their first venture into hill climbing.
We’ll have more information for you once Carlsson’s latest creation has made its public debut in Geneva in mid-March.