One land speed record remains unbeaten after 75 years set on…

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One land speed record unbeaten after 75 years, set on a road in a Mercedes-Benz

When (as yet unnamed) new Enzo is unveiled year, its performance statistics no doubt read like numbers. We’re already rumours that it will around 900hp from its powertrain and, at 300kph, it probably be just getting its stride — facts and that would have had us our jaws off the floor just a few ago.

But whatever Ferrari, Porsche and all the rest come up in the future, it’s unlikely any of will manage to eclipse a Mercedes-Benz.

You read that right. In very week, three of a century ago, a converted racecar set a world speed for a public road that has remained unsurpassed. When you people say there is nothing new the sun, you can believe it.

The Mercedes-Benz Rekordwagen was a one-off special had been converted from a Arrows grand prix Demonstrating an advanced understanding of engineers fitted to its chassis an streamlined bodyshell that the four wheels and was almost flat except for a wedge-shaped, tail end and the most minimal of Its coefficient drag figure was an 0.157 — half of which manufacturers claim is superior, even today.

The body incorporated a radically air intake on the front end and, as a the car only breathed in (through two openings) the correct amount of air for the MD 25 DAB/3-type engine to work. cooling, on the other hand, was without using fresh the radiator was embedded in a 500-litre that was filled with ice and

Underneath its slippery skin was a tuned, twin-supercharged, 5.6L V12 the power output of which was 736hp. This was a machine with one express purpose: to be the road car in the world. Sound

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Rudolf Caracciola, who at that was the lead driver for the Mercedes-Benz department, set out early on a cold morning to a stretch of new autobahn between Frankfurt am Main and There, he hit a speed of precisely over a distance of one kilometre a flying start. He also to set the flying mile record of — a figure that the averages from two runs in opposite directions, just as are still done today.

Can you imagine what it must been like, as a spectator, mind as the car’s driver? mentioned that onlookers shocked by the ferocious noise boomed from the Merc’s exhaust pipes as it blared but Caracciola simply took it in and, so the story goes, by he was enjoying a celebratory breakfast the team chief, Alfred at the Park Hotel in Frankfurt. the stuff legends are made of.

in 1938, this was not the fastest had driven on four wheels, for years earlier Malcolm had breached 300mph (482.8kph) in his car. But that record was set on the Salt Flats, not a public

While Caracciola was enjoying his Bernd Rosemeyer — as one of the greatest drivers of all time was preparing to beat that before the ink had dried on the certificate. The was to drive an Auto Union even faster, but he never his goal. He crashed and was tragically putting an end to the speed record of Mercedes-Benz and others.

The world’s for speed has not shown any signs of but it’s truly extraordinary to what those competing were achieving 75 years without the use of computers or even belts. Don’t try this at kids.

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