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 in January 1938, the record-breaking car – was based on the W 125 Silver Arrow – was not equipped with a specially twelve-cylinder engine with two but also featured a flat, covered body with tapered tail end. wind tunnel measurements, the reduced the aerodynamic drag to a Cd value of 0.157. This using a radically scaled-down air on the front end. As a result, the car only “breathed in” – through two openings –

the amount of air required for the 5.6-litre V12 MD 25 engine to work. Engine on the other hand, was achieved using fresh air: the radiator was embedded in a 500-litre filled with ice and water.

Mercedes-Benz W125

Year of construction: 1938


Displacement: 5577 cc

Power 736 hp (541 kW)

Top speed: 432.7

Mercedes-Benz W125
Mercedes-Benz W125
Mercedes-Benz W125
Mercedes-Benz W125

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