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  Mercedes-Benz W125

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1937
Numbers built:9
Designed by:Rudolf Uhlenhaut for Daimler-Benz AG
Predecessor:Mercedes-Benz W25K
Successor:Mercedes-Benz W154
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 03, 2007
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 Those Magnificent Men in Their........................  
How did they drive this monster and keep it on the road? Brilliant design and technology though.

Whew, all that 600 plus bhp on those ridiculously skinny "bicycle" tyres and the fronts all askew with massive positive camber whereas modern racers have negative camber to give more cornering grip at the cost of less durability.

That probably gives the hint why race cars of this pr-war era used positive camber. The tyres were so bad and tyre technology so primitive they HAD to do all they could to stop tyres shredding to bits but cold comfort to the drivers struggling to keep their cars on the black stuff.

Note also how exposed the driver's head is. No wonder fatalities were so common.

From a third millenium vantage point I can only shake my head in admiration and wonder at the sheer guts and courage of such very brave men.

We and Motorsport owe a tremendous amount to the exploits of these heroes.

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