Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR … born 20 years ago

The CLK GTR is one of those rarities that homologated from the track to the road, meaning that most creature comforts were disbanded. Built to GT1 specifications, the CLK GTR development was undertaken using a disused McLaren F1 GTR that had dominated GT racing in the previous couple of years.

The McLaren chassis allowed Mercedes to test its 6.0-litre V12 and advanced aerodynamic bodywork, which culminated in a machine that would be so successful that it would bring an end to the GT1 era in endurance racing.

25 road-going CLK GTRs were built (along with an additional car kept by Mercedes) and six further roadsters were developed, with the biggest difference in design from the racing car being a one-piece looping rear wing.

It was the most expensive car at the time ($1,547,620) and still holds up as a bona fide hypercar to this day.


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