MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SLR n.21

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Description

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SLR n.21

HISTORY

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 Karl Kling and Andre Simon at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR n.21 did not finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1955 after having covered one hundred thirty laps, because they were called back to the pits after the terrible accident involving the twin car driven by Pierre Levegh.

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

CHASSIS

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
Tyres: Continental

ENGINE

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

RESULT

Did not finish in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1955 with drivers Karl Kling, Andre Simon

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Additional information

Driver

Kling Klaus, Simon Andre

Manufacturer

Mercedes-Benz

Race

24 Hours of Le Mans

Year Race

1955

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