The Sleek Streamliners That Broke Records And Served Evil

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The Sleek Streamliners That Records And Served Evil

The were horrible. Unfathomably Any time you think you’ve just how horrible they go to your local Holocaust and it’ll be so much worse you thought.

But the thing about is, they thought they better. And they tried to it on the road.

The Nazi ethos, at its was the belief that its invented of an Aryan nation was better every other person on That ethos was obviously flawed right at its heart, so to the German citizenry believe it, the leadership decided it was going to it, somehow. They failed at times, like when Owens successfully kicked in the face with each kick in his stride, winning gold medals in track at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

But one they did manage to set records in was world land speed Setting land speed accomplished two goals – one, it somehow that the Nazis better, and it showed off their new Autobahn . Now famous for containing of the last unrestricted highways in the the Autobahn system that Germany was a point of pride for the regime.

Ironically, the Autobahn of highways that connected was originally opposed by the Nazis. by the previous Weimar government, the rejected them, only to embrace the idea of a national network once they got power. Because the Nazis stupid hypocrites like

But automotive history is loaded stupid hypocrites making cars (looking at you, Porsche and Henry Ford ). And of those interesting cars to be the low, sleek streamliners, built just to break Records that stand to day.

No matter the records, we should remember that sleek speed machines the product of a vast and evil machine, and their drivers willing participants.

The Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen

The dominated Grand Prix in the 1930s, with automakers Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union it out in the Silver Arrows. The Mercedes-Benz Rekordwagen . which means uh, wagon car, was derived the original W125, which was a Prix racer in its own right. It was a successful car, too, six of the 12 races it was entered in.

The W125 was modified for its record run in 1937, the open-wheeled layout of track and trading it for some highly body work. Also was the original inline eight engine, in favor of a 736-horsepower V12 could be mounted lower in the of the car.

Every adjustment was for top speed, from the new housing for the exhaust to the two small inlets up for the air intake. The radiator, which gets air from the outside to with cooling, didn’t get an air Instead, it was stuck in a chest of ice. Because when competing for the world record, a air- or water-cooled engine do.

No, it has to be ice-cool.

One thing that adjusted in the car was its driver, Rudolf He was used to driving the original so it wasn’t a huge change for Caracciola, like most racing drivers of his day, was a of the NSKK, a Nazi organization to cars.

He made his way up in the world not through his prowess behind the but also through a chance with Adolf Hitler.

had ordered a Mercedes-Benz 770 in 1931, is that car you always see Nazis trucked around in from they stood up and made funny looking salute of Caracciola, being one of Mercedes’ racing drivers, was asked to the delivery, and drove Hitler and his all around town. Hitler took some sort of to the guy, as Caracciola’s career but Caracciola later claimed the nut didn’t impress him very

That didn’t stop him making enthusiastic public in support of the Nazis later on, but the war he mostly went the route of oh, I was not into that, and he was never a member of the Nazi party. So that.

On the 28th of January, Caracciola lined up his W125 on the Bundesautobahn 5 and began his run. He reached the mark of 268 miles per over the flying kilometer, is a ridiculous, incredible speed to on what is, even now, a highway.

And 268 miles per hour to this day, the record for top on a public road. 76 years nobody has been tempted to try and it.

The Auto Union V16 Streamliner

minutes after Caracciola set his it was time for his archrival to make an Not only was Bernd Rosemeyer a successful racing driver, but he was a racing driver for Auto

Today, you might know the of Auto Union as Audi, but in the Auto Union was Mercedes’ foe. Its four-ringed logo from its four constituent car DKW, Audi, Horch, and and everything Mercedes-Benz did, Union tried to do better.

And so it to pass that when set the new record for the top speed on a public Auto Union had to beat it. sent out Rosemeyer, their top in their V16 Streamliner.

Like the Rekordwagen . the V16 was a land-speed record car from a race car. instead of what would be known as an open-wheel Formula One it was derived from the already-pretty 1937 Auto Union C.

The Type C was created to compete at the which was one of the fastest races in the A bit of a crazy track by today’s it was basically two six mile-long straightaways, tight hairpin turns at end, one of which was steeply The North curve, with its big was called The Wall of Death, there was no retaining wall.

If you too close to the edge, you flew and that was pretty much the end of

Because the cars developed for the were so fast already in a line, it didn’t take to turn one into the engineering for a world record holder. body work was added, and set out in the new Auto Union V16 Streamliner on the

That extra body may have been what him.

Aerodynamics weren’t back then the way they are and the thinking was pretty much to make a slippery car even you just make it cut through the air much more smoothly the proper shaping.

What clear, though, was the notorious of ground effect. It’s now that Rosemeyer’s V16 Streamliner may become one of the world’s first effects cars, which revolutionized F1 in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Either that, or it was in by a big gust of wind.


Unfortunately, effect doesn’t really unless the car that utilizes it has truly created for it, with suspension and chassis work. theorized that Rosemeyer’s car may broken under the extreme sending the driver wildly out of onto the highway median to the at which point Rosemeyer may overcorrected, and the car then shot to the where it flew into the air and hit a embankment.

Rosemeyer was thrown out of the car, and He very briefly may have Caracciola’s record, but if he did, the remains unofficial.

It’s what Rosemeyer’s Nazi were, but he was essentially forced to a member of Hitler’s infamous SS he met a young and famous aviatrix on the of a race he won in Czechoslovakia in 1935, Elly Beinhorn. The couple was the Brangelina or the Bennifer or the Bernelly (I made that one up, see) of day. This was clearly a propaganda coup, and Hitler’s hand man and architect of the Holocaust, Himmler, invited them to members of the Nazi murder

This was not exactly a thing say no to, as you’d likely end up as one of their of victims.

Elly gave to a son, Bernd Jr. just ten before his father’s death.

The Bernd Rosemeyer is now an orthopedist. why not.

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The Mercedes-Benz T80

After the Rosemeyer’s death on that day in 1938, the Nazi desire for speed records seemed to But only for a little while. By a third great Grand driver, Hans Stuck, was for another shot at the top spot.

War II was already raging by this so if a car was going to be built, it would some serious personal to surmount the challenges that the war presented. Materials like and rubber were rationed, as was

Luckily for Hans Stuck, Stuck was exactly that A personal acquaintance of Hitler’s, had met in 1925 on a hunting trip. wasn’t really the close-personal-buddy of guy, what with all the he was doing, but clearly the relationship was enough that Stuck was to get placed back on his racing in 1938, after being and/or quitting, despite the that his wife had a Jewish

Stuck didn’t want to go for the top speed record on public he wanted the whole shebang, the record. To that end he enlisted Porsche to design a six-wheeled of a car, the Mercedes-Benz T80.

The T80 was intended to only target a top of around 340 miles per hour, sounds like a lot, competing British land records forced the target up to over 465 miles per hour by

Unfortunately for Stuck, the lack of jet engine progress before the war him from sticking a massive one a plane onto his Merc, his land speed successors did. He did manage to get a plane though.

The Daimler DB 603 which it was a true monster. A 44.5-liter V12 out of use in bomber aircraft like the Me 410, it was fueled by a mixture of and avgas, with a pinch of too. It put out near-as-makes-no-difference 3,000 with the help of methanol and injection boost.

Yeah, ain’t your modified Prix racer.

The car was more 27 feet long, and over the six wheels, four of them driven. The twin tails supposed to keep it stable, and had a coefficient of only 0.18, is kind of crazy for how huge it

When the T80 was first imagined, it was to run out on the Bonneville Salt Flats of By 1940, when it was supposed to young men from Utah getting ready to shoot like Hans Stuck in a for Europe, so the attempt was instead for, of course, the Autobahn.

Even though the car was completed in even Stuck’s personal couldn’t keep the car intact for its big Shortly before its intended the huge V12 that lay inside was out, so that it could be in a bomber for the war effort.

The rest of the car survived the war, and now sits in the museum in Stuttgart.

Hans survived the war, too, and turned to become a total at hillclimb events.

Like Stuck also had a son that he after himself. Hans-Joachim is no orthopedist, though. He won Le Mans,

There were a few other during the Nazi era, and the cars were the same modified a few different ways for races. They were all but the context in which they created is incredibly sad.

three, though, were the and intended champions of the German speed effort. Despite the they helped promote, were beautiful.

More though, is that they fast.

Photo credits: Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Wikimedia User Morio

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