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Press Release) Carlsson in Geneva: huge media interest in new
SLK-based race car
premiere for hill climb racer a complete success
• 610 hp with a weight of only 780 kilograms
• Project leader Reto Meisel is a multiple hill climb
Until March 17, the
tuning company Carlsson will be presenting its latest racing project
at the Geneva Motor Show. The Carlsson SLK 340 celebrated its world
premiere on the first press day. Media interest in this absolutely
unique race car, developed with the most modern design and
construction technology, was enormous. The SLK 340 will be entered
in national and international hill climb races in Category E1. Reto
Meisel and Martin Burmeister, plus their Swiss team Meisel
Motorsport, are hitching their hopes of sporting success for the 190
EVO to this race car.
There has been enormous interest in racing driver Reto Meisel's new
car: motorsports journalists from Switzerland and abroad crowded
into the premiere of the brand new Carlsson SLK 340 on the Carlsson
stand at the Geneva Motor Show. “The premiere was a complete
success”, said Carlsson's Managing Director Mathias R. Albert. It
was he, together with the project director Reto Meisel and moderator
Jan Stecker, that put the hill climb race car into the limelight.
This newcomer to international motor sport has been extensively
modified. The car has been newly constructed on a body shell, and
the engineers have put it on an extensive weight loss diet. Thanks
to the most modern materials, such as for instance an
ultra-lightweight carbon body kit, the Carlsson SLK 340 tips the
scales at a mere 780 kilograms. The aerodynamic parts provide the
spectacular appearance and perfect downforce. The closed underbody
is intended to optimize the aerodynamics of the hill climb car.
Despite extensive changes, the SLK in its racing suit with its
powerful rear wing looks extremely stylish.
The heart of the
Carlsson SLK 340 is a 3.4 liter V8 engine producing 610 hp with a
maximum torque of 430 newton meters. The racing team relies on a
Hewland transmission with a paddle shift. A 3-way adjustable KW
competition suspension ensures optimum road holding for the race car
on BBS racing wheels (10x18 front, 13x18 rear) and AVON tires.
materials in the brake system provide extra savings in weight.
Carlsson racing seats ensure optimum lateral support. In accordance
with the regulations, a complex safety cage has been installed which
meets all relevant international requirements.
This unique vehicle represents a total of 1800 hours of work on its
development. The designers are talking about a masterpiece. Team
leader and driver Reto Meisel, successful in motor sport since 1989,
is also proud: “There has never been a race touring car with such
extreme performance data and technical highlights.”
Reto Meisel dominated
the German Mountain Championship from 1999 to 2001, triumphed at the
2002 Swiss Mountain Coupe, and in 2007 and 2009 became German
Touring Car Hill Climb Champion. The Swiss racer is now planning to
take part in the legendary Pikes Peak race in Colorado, USA, driving
the Carlsson SLK 340. “It will be an honor for us to compete
internationally with the factory teams of Hyundai and Suzuki,” said