Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will end its partnership with McLaren when their current contract expires next year.
The two manufacturers cooperated on the development of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren roadster and were reported to be working on a new flagship roadster called the SLC.
"The partnership ends in 2009 and it will not be renewed," a Mercedes spokesman told Automotive News.
Instead, the SLR replacement due in 2010 is likely to be built by Mercedes-Benz's in-house AMG performance unit.
It is not clear how the latest developments will impact the manufacturers' current Formula One agreement.
So Mercedes don't need the McLaren name to sell high end road cars. Where does this leave the Mclaren name in the future of their relationship in F1?
Mercedes going to take over McLaren and drop the name?
Will Mercedes rather promote the AMG name over the McLaren name in motorsport?
Is this the first step to a complete withdrawal from McLaren/F1?
Is it a raod car issue and has no bearing on F1 at all?