The Mercedes-Benz CLR is a prototype designed by Mercedes-Benz to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999. After winning the 1998 Grand Touring World Championship with the CLK-LM progenitor, Mercedes-Benz realizes the car for the LM GTP class, a new class created by the ACO specifically for Le Mans, which also includes the
The Mercedes-Benz CLR has a monocoque frame in carbon fiber like the bodywork, the Mercedes-Benz GT 108 C engine was a naturally aspirated V8 of 5721 cc, an evolution of the engine that had been mounted on the Mercedes-Benz C11 without the supercharging system and the GT 108 B version previously used on the Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM. The engine was able to develop a power of 448 kw. The transmission consisted of a six-speed sequential transverse gearbox with steering wheel controls.
Video crash Webber warm-up Le Mans 1999
At the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1999 Mercedes-Benz is presented with three CLR, just the Mercedes-Benz No. 4 driven by Mark Webber, during the practice of Thursday while he is facing the back on the straight that precedes the Indianapolis curve at about 320 km / h, suddenly takes off and makes a double tonneau and then fall on the wheels. The Mercedes-Benz CLR n.4 is repaired and shows regularly in the Saturday morning warm-up, just at the start always with Mark Webber at the wheel, the CLR takes off again this time on the back before the curve of Mulsanne about 340 km / h, the car is semi-destroyed and the driver unharmed. A few hours before the start the Mercedes-Benz CLR n.4 is forced to retire.
Mercedes-Benz worried by these episodes, decided to start the same but with changes to prevent the recurrence of incidents occurred: in fact, the two remaining cars are modified with a less rigid and with a greater aerodynamic load. During the race, just before night, the Mercedes-Benz CLR driven by Peter Dumbreck while chasing a Toyota GT-One on the back before the Indianapolis curve takes off like an airplane, rotates in the air and then landed in the woods 30 meters from the track; the pilot is unharmed, while the car is destroyed. The Mercedes-Benz stops immediately even the last CLR in the race and the Mercedes team withdraws from the race.
Carbon fibre composite
Length: 4893 mm
Width: 1999 mm
Height: 1012 mm
Suspension: Double wishbones, push-rod actuated coil springs over Penske dampers, anti-roll bar.
Brakes: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round.
Mercedes-Benz GT 108 C 90° V8 5721cc
Power: 448 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: XTrac 6 speed Sequential
Differential: Rear mechanical locking differential
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol
24 hours of Le Mans 1999 – drivers M. Tiemann, M. Webber, J.M. Gounon
Did not start for accident in practice warm-up