Mercedes supercar
October 3, 2001 5:03 AM   Subscribe

Mercedes supercar to be built in Britain. God, that feels to good to read. Am I xenophobic, nationalistic or proud of the Euoropean Community on my doorstep? I'm not sure, but how can you hold a grudge against a country with this?
posted by Frasermoo (13 comments total)
it's just a car.
posted by mcsweetie at 5:24 AM on October 3, 2001

methinks you are missing my point
posted by Frasermoo at 5:47 AM on October 3, 2001

It might be just a car, but British industry has a reputation for comitting suicide en masse, pareticularly amongst German companies who have invested here in the past (BMW for example). It's good news that we get recognised for something we do well - advanced engineering. It's the bog standard, mass produceable engineering we've become shite at.
posted by vbfg at 5:53 AM on October 3, 2001

you guys do a nice job with tuning japanese rally cars as well. it's nice to see mclaren working with mercedes to produce a consumer car. thanks for the link.
posted by mich9139 at 6:13 AM on October 3, 2001

The Mercedes SLR is a consumer car just like the McLaren F1 was. :)

I think British manufacturers are doing quite well at the moment. Jaguar is doing better than ever and from what I've read, it looks like MG will be coming out with some good stuff soon. Lotus is having a major comeback and the Elise derived VX220 they build for Vauxhall is just about the coolest car you can buy anywhere. I'm pretty sure that BMW is building the new Mini in the UK as well.
posted by SuperBreakout at 7:13 AM on October 3, 2001

I think the problem with BMW was that the company had never really done any kind of outside investment like that before, rather than the fact that the outside investment was in the UK. Compare and contrast with VW's track record in doing this sort of thing - SEAT, Skoda etc. I understand that Audi owns Cosworth now too.
posted by pascal at 7:34 AM on October 3, 2001

I'm all for beer, and the EC. I'm not so sure about Germans enforcing medieval notions of "purity".... ;)
posted by liam at 7:39 AM on October 3, 2001

Yes, high-end cars and high-end beer. Best enjoyed seperately.
posted by Loudmax at 7:47 AM on October 3, 2001

England is the best contry in the World. Because me and my mates live in it. The peace and harmony is at risk because a bunch of towel head nutters think Bin Landem is the chosen one.

I say nuke them all.
posted by beasty at 8:06 AM on October 3, 2001

Yawn. Look lets face it if we are given a god gun I say line them up, undress their women in the street and give them fine lingerie and a bacon sandwich. Then shave the the men and use their hair as mattress stuffing and then do their women on it, while using the Koran to hold the bed up.
posted by moolafoo at 8:19 AM on October 3, 2001

damn that car is quite beautiful. only a car, yes. but a damn crazy one at that.
posted by physics at 8:56 AM on October 3, 2001

The Mercedes SLR is a consumer car just like the McLaren F1 was. :)

Well, let's boycott the fucker, then!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:50 AM on October 3, 2001

YOU MUST ALL HELP ME GET THIS CAR! Okay, I'm going to start a PayPal account, an account on the Amazon Honors system, lots of affiliate programs, and every Mefi'er is going to donate lots of money, and let me buy this car.

Right, first target is £25k ($37.5k).. that means I only need about $3.75 from every member. Please register your interest with me. If you can donate $37.50 each I'd be much happier.

<sob> I want this car.
posted by wackybrit at 4:23 PM on October 3, 2001

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