Such a great concept is possible only in the minds
by：Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre 2020-11-05
The story of creating the transporter has the elements of dignity, perseverance, 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. However, the V-12 powered W-154 released by Mercedes proved itself to be the car that became everyone's envy, winning 12 of the 17 events before the war. In 1952, the Mercedes management decided to re-enter the world of Grand Prix racing, and this was a reality starting from the season of 1954.
To announce its return, Benz chose to design a special haulier that will carry its all-new W-196 racer, a racing model that had a famous Argentinean racer as its pilot. The transporter had to be fast, unique and clearly identifiable as a Mercedes production. It had to be the fastest of its kind, as well as one of the fastest on the Western European highways.
When you reached the tracks in advance you gained more time for run-throughs and other preparations. This also meant that if a racer needed to be sent to the plants, it could be done easily, and without worries From a technical viewpoint, the carrier had the best of what Mercedes could rally. The 300 S sedan's X-shaped frame was the inspiration behind the transporter's own frame, but the 3.0 liter, 6-cylinder engine, and the four speed manual transmission was that of the 300 SL sports cars with gull wings. The four wheels were set up with hydraulic brakes that were power-assisted as an extra measure.
But the really eye-catching characteristic of the carrier was its remarkable body work. The steel panels used on it were inspired from most of the other panels of the day. 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.
Even though the cab had been placed well up front, far past the front axle, and at a very low height, it just added to the daring excellence that Mercedes wanted to boast of in the first place. The factory blue paint job as the finishing touch made this vehicle more than the regular one-year successes on the roads. The truck, even when it was fully loaded with 6,600 pounds, could go faster than 100 mph, something that is taken to be fast in the current times as well.
The transporter was released in the middle of the year 1954 and was a hit not only in Europe but also in the U.S. The carrier actually pulled more crowds than the racers it transported. After the tragedy of the 1955 French 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, where a private-owned Mercedes Benz 300 SLR killed 80 people in a crash, Mercedes Benz went in to a hiatus from Grand Prix racing. The transporter, along with the rest of the racing division, was stopped soon after this.
The vehicle was actually so weighty that the company even had to give up the plan of preserving it in their museum as the floors would not have been able to take its weight. In the years following its termination, Mercedes Benz got such a huge number of requests that it decided to make a replica in 1993. Working with just a small number of photographs and sketches and an outside fabricator the company completed it in 2000. Thus, this short and dazzling page of the history of racing by Mercedes Benz had been revived duly for its ardent fans.