The Wondrous Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
Slideshow: The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR recently made a triumphant return to form at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, where attendees saw it climb the Goodwood FoS Hillclimb with plenty of style. Click through to learn more about this prized vehicle, and what makes it so special.
It’s one of Mercedes-Benz’s most notable racing icons
The reason why this is the case is pretty obvious: It was steered to victory by the likes of Sterling Moss and Juan Manual Fangio. Another reason: It’s super sleek body gets the gears turning in even the most general of car enthusiast’s minds.
Taking a look inside
The 300 SLR was a modded W 196 R F1 race car with a two-seat body. Moreover, free from the strict Formula 1 regulations that limited the engine’s displacement, Mercedes could fit the 300 SLR with a 3-liter (2,982 cc) eight-cylinder in-line unit with cylinder blocks that traded steel for light alloy.
It features groundbreaking engineering solutions
The engine worked with regular gasoline instead of the methanol-derived racing fuel used at that time. Top speed was rated at over 300 km/h (186 mph).
The 300 SLR performed really well at races
The 300 SLR relied on 228 kW (310 hp) that lend a hand to Stirling Moss and co-driver Denis Jenkinson as they finished the 1955 Mille Miglia with an unequaled average speed of 157.65 km/h (97.9 mph).
In fact, it performed really, really well at races
Beyond all of its flashy design and impressive functionality, the car’s track record remains its most impressive asset: it won every single race it entered and finished.
Watch it climb the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
And here you can check out the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR as it climbs the Goodwood FoS Hill.
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