The designers of the Swabian
Mercedes tuning house Lorinser are currently thinking over what to do with the
new SLS sports car. The super star of this year's IAA is created to pay tribute
to the 1950's 300 SL and the stylists of Lorinser continue with this approach
in two ways.
One is a draft (image above) which refers to the roots of the original which was firstly
designed for motorsports and focused on low weights. So Lorinser's homage features
many carbon fibre parts, although this material had not been available then.
But CEO Marcus Lorinser says: 'the lightweight concept of the 300 SL would
definitely have contained this material'. Another interesting detail is the
crest of the Lorinser family replacing the Mercedes star at the front grille.
With the second version, the designers render homage to the legendary 300 SL as
a sports road car. It even more refers to classic design cues. Such as the side
gills. But, in fact it's just leaving out those details turning the first sketch
into a racing car. An even more significant feature have both drafts common: the
flarings, which were typical of the archetypes. Thus the sketches are closer to
the vehicle the new SLS is considered to pay tribute to.
The Lorinser conversions definitely appear more exciting than the sleeker basis
does. However they say whether any of the sketches will be produced or what ideas
are going to be available for Mercedes' recent super sports car has not been
decided yet. If you want to encourage Lorinser as a prospective SLS owner to make
some details come true, just write them an email via