A beautiful loser, the Mercedes Benz CLR was a very elegant coupé, enhanced by a lack of logos. Of course the aerobatic displays at Le Mans have given the car a notoriety that still causes Stuttgart to wince. It is small comfort to know that it was not alone in the matter of defective aerodynamics, Porsche, BMW and Audi all flew at the time but none on such a public stage. Here Bernd Schneider cuts the Ford Chicane is a desperate attempt to keep up with the Toyotas, all in vain before sunset on Saturday.
John Brooks, December 2012