Hamman finally revealed it’s secret project of ruining McMerc SLR, codenamed Volcano. SLR used to be a very cool car, until some tuning gurus like Mansory and now Hamman decided it is too handsome, let’s make it hideous! Mansory Renovatio was a mess, Hamman volcano is a mess too but in a different way. It seems that Hamman designers have been playing alot of NFS Carbon (or whatever the new one is) recently. They did their best to make it like those heavy stupid tunings in the video game, oh I think you missed the Nitrous guys!!
While designers failed, engineers excelled. The whole bodykit is made of very light weight Carbon fiber and has a lot of aerodynamic benefits because of front and rear spoiler with integrated diffuser and a massive rear wing. Hamman just wanted to make everything more on this car, so they removed original twin side exhaust pipes and installed a triple outlet on each side! There is also Hamman rims as you’d expect.
Under the bonnet Hamman technicians fiddled with ECU programming and exhaust system, tweaked the supercharger and added a water pump. The results is 700 hp and 830 nm of torque (previously 626 and 780).
Inside, they couldn’t find a perfecter trim than Mercedes Black/Red, so stuck to it, but replaced silver plastic parts of console with carbon parts like SLR 722. There is also aluminum pedals and some Hamman carpets, and that’s about it for interior.
There is no mention of price for the time being, but no need to say it will be scary!
Hamman Volcano is good as an experience, but as an upgrade for Mclaren Mercedes SLR, it does not work. So please Dear HAMMAN, stick to BMWs!!!
Hamman official press release :
The serial Mercedes-Benz SLR is already one of the most impressive cars on our roads – but compared to the HAMANN VOLCANO it still looks rather harmless. Once again, HAMANN-Motorsport proves its cutting edge when it comes to refining superb sports cars. From a lift-reducing body design to a powerful performance enhancement to a lavishly styled interior, HAMANN focuses on all components of this luxury car and makes the automobile dreams of its exclusive clientele come true.
The total makeover of the Laupheim-based refiner is made of extremely light full carbon and consists of front- and rear wing extensions and also new side skirt attachments and sheathings. The front view of the Volcano is optically perfected with a newly designed bonnet which enhances the overall impression by its integrated hood scoop. But also for the rear, the refining technicians implemented new ideas giving the SLR appearance its finishing touch. Under the boot lid cover, HAMANN placed a strong diffuser which improves the car´s output in combination with the large rear wing. At the front axle, a newly developed front spoiler renders the necessary contact pressure. If desired, an especially developed overall paint for the VOLCANO in either aluminium/chrome or white/matt completes the striking appearance of this bolide.
The 21-inch rims named EDITION RACE with tyres measuring 255/30ZR21 at the front and 345/25ZR21 at the back render an optimal road grip. The design of the extraordinary light forged wheel thereby combines vitality and elegance and also perfectly fills out the wheel houses.
The HAMANN makeover is not only sportive, but also has a lot to offer under the bonnet. The HAMANN motor technicians get the most out of the Mercedes Benz V8-aggregate (5.4 litres, 626 hp, 780 Nm): 700 hp / 515 kW and a maximum torque of 830 Nm at 3,300 crankshaft revolutions per minute. The therefore necessary modifications include a newly programmed control unit, especially developed high performance exhaust manifolds and an amended belt pulley combination for the serial compressors. In order to facilitate the increased motor performance, HAMANN adds a second water pump and adjusts the gearbox electronics. Invigorated in this way and with the adequate sound from the six end pipes of the sport exhaust system, the VULCANO accelerates from naught to a hundred in only 3.6 seconds. With a maximum speed of 348 km/h, the HAMANN VOLCANO is 14 km/h faster than the serial model.
The HAMANN product even beats the factory-provided performance-enhanced special series SLR 722 by impressive 11 km/h.
A skillfully refined interior is waiting for the VOLCANO-pilot and also the exterior does not rank behind. The overall makeover contains pedals and foot rests in aluminium as well as noble door sill protectors and headrests with embossed embroidered HAMANN-Logos. They can also be found on the exclusive floor mats. The overall makeover can be enhanced with a HAMANN interior set containing custom-made carbon parts for the dashboard and centre console. If desired, also the roof interior, all pillars, the cockpit including the steering wheel and the sun visors can hereby be adjusted in terms of colour. Therefore, HAMANN solely uses the high-quality material Alcantara.