Wild Mercedes-Benz W125 held land-speed file for Eight many years


Mercedes-Benz is not too upset over the truth that the
Koenigsegg Agera RS has damaged its Eight-decade-long title for
the quickest land-speed automobile on a public highway. Really, the
German automaker is fairly darn proud over the very fact it took 80
years for another person to oust it.

What are we occurring about? On January 28, 1938, racing driver
Rudolf Caracciola drove a specifically modified Mercedes-Benz W125
grand prix racer on a stretch of German Autobahn close to Frankfurt
and clocked a median high velocity of 268.Eight mph for greater than a
kilometer. The feat is extraordinary even within the current, however
downright insane for 1938. Sadly, a shadow was forged on this
success by the deadly accident of a competitor, Auto Union
racing driver Bernd Rosemeyer, on the identical day.

The W125 completed the file with a 5.6-liter V-12
with 765 horsepower and featured a handful of novel engineering
specs. For instance, the engine used an ice-cooling
system fairly than ambient air. Engineers cooled the large
engine with 11 kilos of ice and 12.6 gallons of
water. It additionally helped maintain the drag
coefficient as little as attainable.

Designers and engineers additionally tweaked the outside design to
boast rounder shapes and sharp tapers to maintain crosswinds at bay
at excessive speeds and in addition cut back axle raise. The lined wheel
arches solely add to the futuristic look of the land-speed file

Koenigsegg’s Agera RS with its 5.Zero-liter
twin-turbocharged V-Eight with 1,341 hp was lastly sufficient to take
the mighty Merc down. Koenigsegg broke the file final November
on a closed 12-mile part of Freeway 160 simply outdoors of
Pahrump, Nevada.

Regardless that Mercedes is out a file, 80 years is one hell of a
run. The W125 used within the land-speed file run proudly sits in
the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany these


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