The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is a colorful exception in the racing history of the brand. It is based partly on the technology of the successful Grand Prix car, but also has the body of a road racer. It secured major victories for the brand in 1955 and did its part to establish its fame.
The 300 SLR was planned for the 1954 season, and the company already had entered it in the Le Mans 24-hour race, but then withdrew it at short notice – the car wasn’t ready yet. As late as September 1954 a prototype hit the track in Monza for a couple of test laps, with a dry weight of 860 kilograms including two spare wheels in its luggage compartment. Even Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the silver racing roadster was a premium product – as robust as a tank but as agile as a jungle cat, as eloquent 300 SLR driver John Fitch put it in his autobiography, “Racing with Mercedes”.
four-stroke petrol engine with direct injection
Displacement: 2982 cc - Output: 310 hp (228 kW)
Top speed: over 300 km/h
Entered in racing: 1955
Source: Daimler AG
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