Just a bit of Eye Candy before we take off for the weekend.

Featured above is a 1980 Mercedes 450 SLC AMG Group 2 race car. Built by the German automaker as a way for Hans Werner Aufrecht to compete with Jaguar and Alpina-BMW in the European Touring Car Championship, the SLC tipped the scales at a mere 1225 kilograms, some 465 kilograms lighter than a standard 450 SLC. Power was increased from 217hp to 375hp, and engine speeds increased from 5000 rpm to 6550 rpm. Utilizing the standard three-speed automatic transmission, as the five speed manual gearbox had not been homologated, the Mercedes 450 SLC AMG, with Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz at the wheel, managed a fifth place finish at the opening race of the 1978 season of the European Touring Car Championship in Monza, Italy.

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