31 October 2008

Hamann Volcano

Hamann creates Volcano based Mercedes-Benz SLR

31 October 2008 - The serial Mercedes-Benz SLR is already one of the most impressive cars on our roads, but compared to the Hamann Volcano it still looks rather harmless. From a lift-reducing body design to a powerful performance enhancement to a restyled interior, Hamann alters all components of this luxury car.

The total makeover of the Laupheim-based refiner is made of extremely light full carbon and consists of front- and rear wing extensions and also new side skirt attachments and sheathings. The front view of the Volcano is optically altered with a newly designed bonnet which changes the overall impression by its integrated hood scoop. But also for the rear, the technicians implemented new ideas giving the SLR appearance its finishing touch.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Under the boot lid cover, Hamann placed a strong diffuser which improves the car's output in combination with the large rear wing. At the front axle, a newly developed front spoiler renders the necessary contact pressure. If desired, an especially developed overall paint for the Volcano in either aluminium/chrome or white/matt completes the appearance of this bolide. The 21-inch rims named Edition Race with tyres measuring 255/30ZR21 at the front and 345/25ZR21 at the back render an optimal road grip.

The Hamann motor technicians get the most out of the Mercedes Benz V8-aggregate (5.4 litres, 626 hp, 780 Nm): 700 hp / 515 kW and a maximum torque of 830 Nm at 3,300 crankshaft revolutions per minute. The therefore necessary modifications include a newly programmed control unit, especially developed high performance exhaust manifolds and an amended belt pulley combination for the serial compressors. In order to facilitate the increased motor performance, Hamann adds a second water pump and adjusts the gearbox electronics.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Invigorated in this way and with the adequate sound from the six end pipes of the sport exhaust system, the Vulcano accelerates from naught to a hundred in 3.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 348 km/h, the Hamann Volcano is 14 km/h faster than the serial model. The Hamann product even beats the factory-provided performance-enhanced special series SLR 722 by 11 km/h.

A new interior is waiting for the Volcano-pilot and also the exterior does not rank behind. The overall makeover contains pedals and foot rests in aluminium as well as door sill protectors and headrests with embossed embroidered Hamann-Logos. They can also be found on the exclusive floor mats. The overall makeover can be enhanced with a Hamann interior set containing custom-made carbon parts for the dashboard and centre console. If desired, also the roof interior, all pillars, the cockpit including the steering wheel and the sun visors can hereby be adjusted in terms of colour.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren