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Mercedes CLK GTR

Raced in the FIA GT Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours from 1987 to 1998, this car was famous for flipping three times in the Le Mans 24 Hours, once at 180 mph on the Mulsanne Straight. This was due to the back end being set too low, and when a roller in the road combined with a car in front removed the air and thus the frontal downforce, the car performed a black-flip.

Tuner AMG/Ilmor
Country D
Year 1998
Engine Mercedes
Engine Type 60°V12
Cams 4
Valves/cyl 4.0000
Bore 0.000
Stroke 0.000
Capacity (cc) 5987
Power (at revs) 640 HP/
Ignition Bosch motronic
Fuel system Bosch motronic
Chassis type CF monocoque
Body type coupé
Designer G. Ungar
Front suspension "coil, wishbone, pullrod"
Rear suspension "coil, wishbone, pullrod"
Shock absorbers Bilstein
Engine position mid
Wheelbase (mm) 2670
Front track (mm)
Rear track (mm)
Weight (kg) 1050
Drive rear
Number of gears 6
Gearbox XTrac T sequential
Fuel tank size (litres) 100
Brakes AP
Front brake type CF disc
Rear brake type CF disc
Front rims
Rear rims
Tyres Bridgestone
Front tyres
Rear tyres
Maximum speed (kph)

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