Mercedes-Benz CLR n.4 24 hours of Le Mans 199

MERCEDES-BENZ CLR n.4

HISTORY

The Mercedes-Benz CLR is a prototype designed by Mercedes-Benz to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999. After winning the 1998 Grand Touring World Championship with the CLK-LM progenitor, Mercedes-Benz realizes the car for the LM GTP class, a new class created by the ACO specifically for Le Mans, which also includes the Toyota GT-One.

The prototype germany has a monocoque frame in carbon fiber like the bodywork, the Mercedes-Benz GT 108 C engine was a naturally aspirated V8 of 5721 cc, an evolution of the engine that had been mounted on the Mercedes-Benz C11 without the supercharging system and the GT 108 B version previously used on the Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM.

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1999 the Mercedes-Benz n.4 driven by Mark Webber, during the practice of Thursday while he is facing the back on the straight that precedes the Indianapolis curve at about 320 km/h, suddenly takes off and makes a double tonneau and then fall on the wheels. The car repaired for the Saturday morning warm-up, with Webber behind the wheel, resumes the flight before the Mulsanne curve at around 340 km/h, the car is semi-destroyed and the driver is unharmed. Mercedes-Benz 4 is forced to retire.


Video crash Webber warm-up Le Mans 1999

Mercedes worried by these episodes, decided to start the same but with changes to prevent the recurrence of incidents occurred. During the race, just before night, the Mercedes-Benz CLR driven by Peter Dumbreck while chasing a Toyota GT-One on the back before the Indianapolis curve takes off like an airplane, rotates in the air and then landed in the woods 30 meters from the track; the pilot is unharmed, while the car is destroyed. The Stuttgart manufacturer stops immediately even the last CLR in the race and the Mercedes team withdraws from the race.

CHASSIS

Mercedes-Benz CLR
Carbon fibre composite
Length: 4893 mm
Width: 1999 mm
Height: 1012 mm
Suspension: Double wishbones, push-rod actuated coil springs over Penske dampers, anti-roll bar.
Brakes: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round.
Tyres: Bridgestone

ENGINE

Mercedes-Benz GT 108 C 90° V8 5721cc
Power: 448 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Transmission: XTrac 6 speed Sequential
Differential: Rear mechanical locking differential
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

24 hours of Le Mans 1999 – drivers M. Tiemann, M. Webber, J.M. Gounon
Did not start for accident in practice warm-up

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