Towards the end of the 20th century, Mercedes had grown tired of seeing rivals like Ferrari and Porsche cleaning up in international competition, so they decided to do something about it. They bought a McLaren F1 purely to use as a test mule to try out new aerodynamic bits, and set to work building the fastest car they could. The result was the CLK GTR, and to make it legal for international racing they had to build 25 for the road. So they built 20, then decided to do six roadsters for no good reason. Meet this CLK GTR Roadster that's up for sale.
One of the things they figured out when testing body parts on the McLaren was that if they gave the front a crazy steep angle, it would be better at slicing through the wind at speeds over 200 miles per hour. The gorgeous look of the rake's simply a bonus.
How good was the aero on this car? Just ask Mark Webber, who drove this car's successor at Le Mans, without that front end...
The odes to crazy high-end speed are everywhere on this car, from the vents to relieve air pressure both at the very back and behind the front wheel, to the air intakes located at the side of those insanely sexy roll hoops.
Even the "windows" are designed to not create turbulance/slap you in the face with 200-mile per hour wind. That's probably for the best.
The entire body and most of the chassis is carbon fiber, with a few bits of aluminum honeycomb thrown in for extra support. The car's still pretty much a full-on race car for the street, as evidenced by this suspension that you definitely don't want the guys at your local Midas coming within 15 feet of.
The engine's not too shabby either. Zero to 60 happens in under four seconds, thanks to a 6.0-liter V12 cranking out over 600 horsepower. It was not only good enough to dominate other race cars — the car won over half of the races it entered — it was and still is good enough to power cars like the Pagani Zonda.
If you're lucky enough to be invited in, you've gotta climb over the wide side first, then sit way down into your seat, almost literally on the ground. Yes, there's a radio. No, there's no roof — like, at all. No one has ever complained about this.
UPDATE: Per request, we've added a little bit about the car's acceleration above. It went by so quickly we seem to have omitted it.