MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SLR n.20
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is a car that participated at the 24 Hours of Le Mans of 1955. The German Daimler-Benz AG team with Pierre Bouillin ‘Levegh’ and John Fitch at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR n.20 did not finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1955 a due to fatal accident after having covered thirty-four laps.
The race was won by Jaguar D-Type n.6 of Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb, second the Aston Martin DB3S n.23 of Peter Collins and Paul Frere with a gap of five laps, while third the Jaguar D-Type n.10 of Jacques Swaters and Johnny Claes with a gap of eleven laps.
The race, however, was remembered especially for the disastrous accident that caused the death of 84 people, caused by the exit of the track of Pierre Levegh that with the Mercedes hit the Austin-Helaey of Macklin, the German car broke and its debris went over the people in the gallery.
Video crash Levegh Le Mans 1955
Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
Designed: Rudolf Uhlenhaut
Steel tubular spaceframe with aluminium panels
Length: 4300 mm
Width: 1740 mm
Height: 1100 mm
Suspension front: Double wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Suspension rear: Swing axles, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes: Drums all round
Mercedes-Benz M 196 S 2982 cc Straight 8
Power: 231 kW
DriveType: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Manual five speed.
Fuel brand: ?
Fuel Type: Petrol
Tank Capacity: 265 lt
Did not finish in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1955 with drivers Pierre Bouillin ‘Levegh’, John Fitch
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