It was in May 2000 when a car entered the history of AMG that is still highly respected today for its top-level performance. This is the CL 55 AMG F1 Limited Edition, a relative of the Safety Car that accompanied Formula 1 during the 1999 and 2000 seasons of the world championship.
At the cost to the user of 330 thousand marks of the time, the car was built in only 55 units from the summer of 2000, with deliveries in the autumn. So, despite being a relatively recent car, it is quite rare. One of them was collected from the Mercedes-Benz classic vehicle collection.
Its 360-horsepower V8 with a displacement of 5.5 cubic centimeters was accompanied by a braking power of 1,471 kW, to allow it to accelerate until the last second before the corner entry. The ventilated ceramic brake discs with Brembo eight-piston calipers were ideal for F1 and were also maintained in the road version, with an extreme philosophy and directly related to the idea of F1’s uncompromising performance. This solution contributed to a 60% weight reduction compared to conventional brakes of the time. Built in the plant of Esslingen-Mettingen, the brakes of the coupe were built according to a precise process: carbon fiber and resin were pressed into the established form under high pressure, and then fired at 1000 degrees. After cooling, the discs underwent a treatment with liquid silicone: the carbon matrix absorbed it, thus obtaining ceramic.
Between the road car and the car driven by Bernd Mayländer on the track the differences were therefore very few. The engine revolutions reached a maximum quota of 5500, for a torque of 530 Nm between 3150 and 4500 rpm; however the maximum speed was limited to 250 kilometers per hour. The limited edition coupe was fitted with 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels, with 255/40 front tires and 285/35 rear tires. The sportier configuration of the Active Body Control suspension allowed for a particularly dynamic driving experience. The anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control had also been recalibrated to match the high potential of substantially racing brakes. The exclusive coupé was only available in bright metallic silver, with F1 Limited Edition lettering on the sides and in the cockpit: for an enthusiast it was already a great detail.