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  Auto Union Type D
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1938 - 1939
Numbers built:11
Designed by:Prof. Eberan von Eberhorst
Predecessor:Auto Union Type C
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 07, 2009
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Engine
Configuration 60º V12
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction silumin block, alloy head
Displacement 2,986 cc / 182.2 cu in
Bore / Stroke 65.0 mm (2.6 in) / 75.0 mm (3 in)
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, OHV
Fuel feed 2 Solex Carburettors
Aspiration Two Stage Roots-Type Supercharger
Power 485 bhp / 362 KW @ 7,000 rpm
BHP/Liter 162 bhp / liter

Drivetrain
Chassis aluminium body on steel tubular ladder ladder frame
Front suspension trailing links, transverse torsion bars running through frame cross tube, Fichtel & Sachs hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension DeDion axle, longitudinal torsion bars in frame side members, radius arms, transverse friction dampers
Steering worm-and-nut
Brakes Lockheed hydraulic drums, all-round
Gearbox 5 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive

Dimensions
Weight 850 kilo / 1,874 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4,200 mm (165.4 in) / N/A / N/A
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2,770 mm (109.1 in) / 1,420 mm (55.9 in) / 1,420 mm (55.9 in)

Performance figures
Power to weight 0.57 bhp / kg
Top Speed 310 km/h (193 mph)

Race history
Major wins
1938 Italian Grand Prix (Tazio Nuvolari)
1939 French Grand Prix (Hermann Paul Muller)
1939 Yugoslav Grand Prix (Tazio Nuvolari)

Resources
Suggested reading
  • The Grand Prix Car, by Laurence Pomeroy
  • Classic Racing Cars, by Cyril Posthumus
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