Mercedes-Based Carlsson SLK 340 Is Ready to Race to the Clouds

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In case you didn't know, Carlsson is no stranger to high-performance competition vehicles, but their latest SLK 340 to hit the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is one extreme piece of machinery.

Now we know what you're thinking, and you'll be a little disappointed by our answer. You won't get to see the SLK 340 on the race track, at least not in any official event, because it was built to compete in several hill climb specials (E1 category), probably including this year's Pikes Peak in Colorado as well.

"Another goal is to participate with the Carlsson SLK 340 at the legendary Pikes Peak race in Colorado, USA. It will be an honor for us to compete internationally with the factory teams of Hyundai and Suzuki," said team leader and driver Reto Meisel in a press release.

That explains the huge rear wing, right? Well, that's not the only maximum downforce tweak Carlsson put on top of that all-carbon fiber body, as the Germans shaped the car after strenuous wind tunnel testing.

With a curb weight of just 1,720 pounds and 610 HP (317 pound-feet of torque) coming from its 3.5
-liter V8 engine, the Carlsson SLK 340 Judd is bound to be a serious contender for Hyundai and Suzuki in this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race.
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