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Only the people at Mercedes Benz, who are keen

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-11-05

The story of the making of the transporter is one of pride, zeal, and practicality. In the days before World War I, there was stiff competition between Mercedes Benz and the other groups in Germany involved in racing. But Mercedes emerged as the clear winner when the V-12 enthused W-154 bagged 12 of the 17 events that were held before the war. Based on a decision by the management in 1952, Mercedes finally came back to the world of Grand Prix racing in 1954.

The carrier was then designed by Mercedes to carry the W-196, its latest racing model that will have a famed Argentine racer behind the wheels. The carrier had to be different, easily spotted on the road, and easily identified with the company. It was also to be one of the speediest cars on the Western European roads of the day.

If you managed to get to the tracks sooner than most, you will definitely get more time to practice and prepare. This even meant that any damaged racer could be sent to the plants if needed and then brought back to the tracks in time. From a mechanical viewpoint, the haulier had been incorporated with the best of Benz technology. The 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder engine from the 300 SL models was incorporated as was their four speed manual transmission, but the frame was derived from the X-shape of the 300 S sedan. The braking was that of the regular hydraulic drums augmented with power-assistance.

But the most amazing part was the body work on the transporter. The panels on it were inspired by other steel panels that were popularly used in those times. The fixtures on the inside were based on the ones from the 180 S, as were the windshield and the doors. Between its two fenders, the one up front and the one in the rear, there was enough space for two spare tires, loading ramps, tools and all the equipment for the racer.

The cab was positioned way too much in the front, far ahead of the front axle, and that too precariously low, but it looked distinctively Mercedes. The finished product, painted in factory blue, was more than just an eye catching success. The truck could go faster than 100 mph, even when loaded fully with 6,600 pounds, a speed that is considered to be fast even today.

The carrier was rolled out in mid-1954, only to be an instant success in the racetracks of Europe and in the U.S. The transporter at many times drew more crowds than the racing cars it actually transported. Mercedes Benz withdrew from racing following the tragic events of the 1955 French 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race after a privately entered Mercedes Benz 300 SLR crashed, killing 80 people. Before the year was over, the complete racing division was retired and this included the transporter as well.

Initially, there was an idea that the transporter and its cargo should be kept in the company's own museum, but the weight turned out to be more than the floors could handle, and so this idea got done away with. In the years following its demise, Mercedes Benz received so many inquiries from fans of its magnificent machine that, in 1993, it was decided to build a replica. Photographs, plans, and an outside fabricator were the tools used by the company to make it and it was complete in 2000. Now, this amazing vehicle by Mercedes Benz does not have to sink in to fameless oblivion and shall ever be retained in racing car history in the form of the replica.

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