You know that you're a huge success when a wax figure of you is displayed at Madame Tussauds London. The famous museum announced today that work is underway on a wax figure of Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton's figure will join the lineup of sporting greats in the interactive Sports Zone in early 2009.
Lewis sat down with the Madame Tussauds' studio team where 300 measurements and reference shots were taken. Lewis' wax figure will be wearing an exact replica of his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes race suit and he will be holding a replica of his race helmet.
The figure will take six months to create at a cost of £150,000 ($233,172 USD).
• Only 75 units will be made with a price tag of 750,000 Euros.
• 5.4L V8 Supercharged engine producing 650-hp.
• 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds; Top speed of 217 mph.
Things are starting to look better for the press and visitor of the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. After all the spyshots we've seen, Mercedes-Benz announced today that it will unveil the 2009 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss - named after racing legend - wait for it… Stirling Moss.
The car with no roof, side windows or windscreen, aka a speedster, is powered by a 5.4L V8 Supercharged engine making a total of 650-hp. 0 to 62 mph will come in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. The standard Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR makes 617-hp and accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 206 mph.
Mercedes-Benz will produce only 75 units prices at 750,000 Euros each. Existing SLR customers will have top priority on ordering the car.
2009 Mercedes-Benz McLaren Stirling Moss: