View Full Version : ***Mercedes-Benz Museum (Part 11): SILVER ARROWS & MOTORSPORT -PART II-***

10-14-2007, 07:39 AM
Sorry for the lapse in posting these. Been busy and it's hard work preparing all the pictures and the info.

Anyway, they're back! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

1900 Daimler "Phoenix" 23-PS Rennwagen
The 23-horsepower Phoenix was Daimler's most powerful racing car in 1900. Its high center of gravity, heavy 600-pound engine and short wheelbase made it difficult to control. Following a serious accident in the Nice La Turbie race in March 1900, Wilhelm Maybach set about building a new racing car: the first Mercedes.
4-cylinders, 5507cc, 27-horsepower @ 900 RPM, 80 km/h top speed

1900 Benz 14-PS Rennwagen
Engine cooling was one of the main problems facing the early automobiles. This Benz racing car still had an open cooling system. The cooling water is cooled by the airflow into the pipes that are fitted with cooling plates and partially vaporized in the condenser behind the seat. Although not particularly efficient, it was sufficient for the output developed by the 14-horsepower 2-cylinder Boxer engine.
2-cylinders, 2714cc, 14-horsepower @ 1,000 RPM, 65 km/h top speed

1908 Benz Grand Prix Rennwagen
In 1908, Benz & Cie. stepped up its activities in international motorsport. The company lined up with a newly developed car in races including the French Grand Prix. The return to racing was successful, with Benz drivers Hemery and Hanriot finishing second and third - behind a Mercedes (Daimler). Benz was the only team which saw all three of its cars cross the finish line.
4-cylinders, 12,060cc, 120-horsepower @ 1,500 RPM, 163 km/h top speed

1909 Benz 200-PS Rennwagen "Blitzen Benz"
In 1909 the Lightning Benz became the first European car to break the 125 mph speed barrier. Powered by a massive 4-cylinder engine (25,504cc!!!), the Lighting posted its most famous performance in Florida in 1911 with Bob Burman behind the wheel. At this event, the Blitzen benz recorded a measured speed of 142 mph on the Daytona Sand Track - making it the fastest car on the planet - faster than any train or even aircraft!
4-cylinders, 21,504cc, 200-horsepower @ 1,600 RPM, 228 km/h top speed


1914 Mercedes Grand Prix Rennwagen
In order to meet the stipulations of the Grand Prix regulations, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft developed a Grand Prix racing car with a totally new 4,483cc engine for the 1914 season. The result was a stunning victory. Christian Lautenschlager, Louis Wagner and Otto Salzer piloted their cars to a 1-2-3 finish in the French Grand Prix of 1914.
4-cylinders, 4483cc, 105-horsepower @ 3,100 RPM, 180 km/h top speed


1924 Mercedes 2-L Rennwagen "Targa Florio"
In 1924, Christian Werner won the Targa Florio, an exacting road race across Sicily, in this supercharged racing car. He was helped by its red paintwork, which was more typical of Italian racing cars. Seeing a red car approaching, the local motorsport fans would stay out of the way - unlike when the German and French competitors came along in their white and blue machines. <--- Boy must they have been pissed when they found out it was an "IL TEDESCO" (German) car. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
4-cylinders, 1986cc, 126-horsepower @ 4,500 RPM, 120 km/h

1934 Mercedes-Benz 750 kg Rennwagen W25
The W25 was the original Silver Arrow. Originally painted white, it arrived at the Nürburgring for its first race one kilogram to heavy for the 750 kg formula. The mechanics sanded down the paintwork in order to reduce the weight, exposing the bare, shining silver color of its body. Suitably relieved, the team was able to line up at the start with the W25. The car went on to win the race and later picked up its Silver Arrow nickname.
8-cylinders, 3364cc, 354-horsepower @ 5,800 RPM, 280 km/h top speed

1937 Mercedes-Benz W125 750 kg Rennwagen
In 1937 Mercedes-Benz returned to the pinnacle of motor racing with the newly developed W125 after a dissapointing season the previous year. The new Silver Arrow wasted no time in winning its first race, the Grand Prix of Tripoli. That was because followed by another seven wins in twelve races and Rudolf Carracciola's second European title at the end of the season.
8-cylinders, 5660cc, 592-horsepower @ 5,800 RPM, 320 km/h top speed



1937 Mercedes-Benz Stromlinienrennwagen W25
Mercedes-Benz developed this W25 streamlined racing car in 1937 specialty for the open-formula race on the AVUS circuit in Berlin. Manfred von Brauchitsch drove this W25 flat out over the long straights and through the new high-banked corner. Hermann Lang won the race in a similar car at an average speed of 261.7 km/h (162.7 mph) - a figure which remained unsurpassed until 1958.
V12, 5577cc, 570-horsepower @ 5,800 RPM, 370 km/h top speed (230 mph)

1938 Mercedes-Benz W125 12-Zylinder Rekordwagen
Driving this completely newly developed record car in January 1938, Rudolf Carracciola recorded the highest speed ever attained on a public road to this day. On the motorway between Frankfurt and Darmstadt, he reached a speed of 430 km/h - the average of two attempts over one kilometer each.
V12, 20,740cc, 736-horsepower @ 5,800 RPM, 432.7 km/h (268.9 mpg)


1938 Mercedes-Benz W153 3-Liter Rennwagen
The W154 was designed to fulfill the regulations for the 3-Liter formula introduced in 1938. These stipulated reduced total displacement and marked the end of the 750 kg formula, which placed a limit on the vehicle weight. The W154 won six of the nine Grand Prix races in its first season, recorded three 1-2-3 finishes and took Rudolf Carracciola to his third European championship crown.
V12, 2962cc, 453-horsepower @ 8,000 RPM, 285 km/h top speed

1939 Mercedes-Benz T-80 Weltrekordwagen
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, powered by a Daimler-Benz DB603 aircraft engine and developing 3,000-horsepower, the T-80 was to become the world's fastest car on four wheels and reach speeds in excess of 600 km/h (373 mph) on the motorway near Dessau in early 1940. However, the outbreak of World War II prevented the car from being completed and the T-80 never hit the road.
V12, 44,522cc, 3,000-horsepower @ 3,200 RPM, 600 km/h (373 mph)



1939 Mercedes-Benz W165 1.5-L Tripoli Racing Car
German racing cars dominated Grand Prix sport in the late 1930s. This prompted Italy's motorsport governing body to restrict entry to its races in 1939 to vehicles in the smaller 1.5-l (91.5 CID) class, in which no German manufacturers were represented. In response to the move, Mercedes-Benz developed the W165 in just 8 months and duly completed a 1-2 finish in the Grand Prix of Tripoli.
V8, 1.5-l, 254-horsepower @ 8,000 RPM, 270 km/h top speed
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1952 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Rennsportwagen
The 300SL was the first newly constructed Mercedes-Benz racing car of the post-World War II era. The hallmark gullwing doors were a side-effect of the cars innovative space-frame construction. In November 1952 Karl Kling and Hans Klenk drove the 300SL on display here to their most spectacular victory of all in the famed Carrera Panamericana race in Mexico.
6-cylinders, 2996cc, 170-horsepower @ 5,200 RPM, 230 km/h top speed


1955 Mercedes-Benz W196 2.5-l Racing Car
The Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car of the 1954/1955 season has a space-frame in which the 8-cylinder inline engine is mounted at a steeply canted angle. Characteristic of the 1955 version are the straight intake pipes and the high-mounted pressure pipe that necessitates the bulge on the right-hand side of the engine hood. The fuel tank with a maximum capacity of up to 220 liters (58 gallons) is fitted to the rear of the car.
8-cylinders, 2497cc, 290-horsepower @ 8,500 RPM, 275 km/h top speed





1955 Mercedes-Benz 2.5-l Stromlinienrennwagen W196 R
Mercedes-Benz made its return to Grand Prix racing with the streamlined W196 R. Juan Miguel Fangio and Karl Kling powered to a 1-2 victory in the new Formula One car's first race on July 4, 1954 in Reims, and Fangio finished the season as world champion. The Argentinean piloted an improved version of the streamlined car to victory in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix and went on to retain the world title.
8-cylinders, 2497cc, 290-horsepower @ 8,500 RPM, 305 km/h top speed



1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Rennsportwagen
Stirling Moss and his navigator Denis Jenkinson piloted this 300SLR to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia in record time which has remained UNBEATEN to this day. The cars left the start line in Brescia at one-minute-intervals - car number 722 stood for the start time of 7:22 AM. The success of the 300SLR ensured that Mercedes-Benz would have a 1955 sports car world championship title to add to its triumph on Formula One.
8-cylinders, 2996cc, 302-horsepower @ 7,500 RPM, 298 km/h top speed


1978 Mercedes-Benz C111-III Diesel-Rekordwagen
The C111-III was to demonstrate the performance of the turbodiesel engine which Mercedes-Benz was about to launch in the 300SD Turbodiesel W116 S-Class destined for the North American market. With convincing results in tests conducted at Nardo, Italy, in 1978, the C111-III established 9 world speed records over different distances and time spans. Over the 500-kilometer (311 miles) distance, the car reached an average speed of 321.9 km/h (200.1 mph).
5-cylinders, 2998cc, 230-horsepower @ 4,200 RPM, 327 km/h top speed

1983 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Rekordwagen
To demonstrate the reliability of the new four-valve engine, this Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 covered 50,000 kilometers (31,075 miles) in 9 days at an average speed of 247.9 km/h (154.1 mph) in Nardo, Italy - with stops only for refuelling and driver changes. The record run was staged immediately before the 1983 Frankfurt International Motor Show at which Mercedes-Benz presented the production version of this car with a sixteen-valve engine.
4-cylinders, 2299cc, 185-horsepower @ 6,200 RPM, 261 km/h top speed

2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Rekordwagen
On the high-speed track in Laredo, Texas, three production versions of the Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI covered 100,000 miles in a thirty-day record attempt in April 2005 - without a hitch. Fitted with a diesel particulate trap, the proved the reliability of this emission control system even under extremely arduous conditions. And they accomplished this at a spectacular average speed of 239.7 mph over the entire distance.
V6, 2987cc, 224-horsepower @ 3,800 RPM, 250 km/h top speed (limited)

10-14-2007, 08:33 AM
LoL!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-14-2007, 09:35 AM

man. this thing is just out of another world. space age 30ies style.

10-14-2007, 10:58 AM
Thx for this shots!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

10-14-2007, 11:01 AM
Fascinating history, thanks for that.


10-16-2007, 06:26 AM
Anytime guys, anytime. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif