MercedesBenz World Speed Record Stands for 75 Years Photo Gallery…

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Mercedes-Benz World Speed Stands for 75 Years

On January 28, the Mercedes-Benz W 125 car set a world speed going 268 mph on a public road

by Jim | 23 January 2013

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On January 28, 1938, the W 125 car set a world speed record on a road, a record which stands to this day. a speed of 268.8 mph (432.7 and Rudolf Caracciola as pilot, the went down in history The original vehicle can now be seen at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Suttgart.

“Time and again our visitors about the spectacular presentation of the W 125 record-breaking car, which is on a vertical wall. Together six other record-breaking vehicles, the car adds the impressive finishing to the high-bank curve in Legend 7‚ ‘Silver Arrows – Races and Acoustically, there is even an similar to that found on the track”, explains Michael Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic.

Rudolf Caracciola, who at that was the lead driver for the Mercedes-Benz department, achieved the record – is still valid to this day – on 28 1938 on the road between am Main and Darmstadt, by hitting a of precisely 432.692 km/h one kilometre with a flying In addition, the existing record the flying mile was also set at km/h. These figures the averages from two runs in opposite directions.

For this top speed run, the W 125 record-breaking car made use of an aerodynamically body. Streamlined racing were not unusual at the time: also successfully made use of in circuit races.

For the record runs in January the record-breaking car – which was based on the W 125 Arrow – was not only equipped a specially optimised twelve-cylinder with two superchargers, but also a flat, completely covered with wedge-shaped, tapered end. Using wind measurements, the engineers reduced the drag to a sensational Cd value of This included using a scaled-down air intake on the front As a result, the record-breaking car only in” – through two small openings – the of air required for the 5.6-litre V12 MD 25 DAB/3-type to work. Engine cooling, on the hand, was achieved without fresh air: instead the was embedded in a 500-litre chest with ice and water.

Speed record 1938 2014

Year of construction: 1938


Displacement: 5577 cc

Power 736 hp (541 kW)

Top speed: 432.7 km/h

Speed record 1938 2014
Speed record 1938 2014
Speed record 1938 2014
Speed record 1938 2014


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