The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features a distinctively puristic design, superior dynamics and levels of safety and everyday practicality that are legendary at Mercedes-Benz. During the development phase of the new gull-wing model, AMG developers benefited from the valuable know-how of specialists at the Mercedes Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen. The aim of such networked development was to make the SLS gull-wing a synthesis of the strengths of Mercedes-Benz and AMG.
The design and development phases for the new supercar began at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach at the end of 2006. A number of virtual models were created before building the first physical prototype. Cutting-edge simulation software enabled developers to create a highly realistic virtual prototype that incorporates detailed characteristics, including weight distribution, engine installation position, centre of gravity, axle design, aerodynamics, ergonomic qualities, crash response and production processes.
Building on the initial virtual development phase, the test vehicles in operation since the spring of 2007 demonstrated a high level of design maturity from the outset. State-of-the-art measuring technology employed in the vehicles delivered key data, including the temperature of engine oil, coolant and brake discs. Emphasis was also placed on lap times, e.g. on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, and on measurable and precisely defined dynamic manoeuvres.
The first "real" prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG entered into global testing in the summer of 2008. Assessing everything from air conditioning to tyres, chassis, engine cooling, dynamic control systems and brakes, the comprehensive and standardised AMG Development and Testing Program is implemented on testing circuits, race tracks, Alpine passes and selected stretches of public roads. This promotes ongoing vehicle development and helps to identify problem areas – in order to meet the highest quality standards.