Mercedes-Benz W 125 Racing Car, 1937, 1:38
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- Order number: B66058163
As it became increasingly clear that the W 25, despite two Grand Prix victories, was no longer competitive in the 1936 season, the racing department got a technical head of its own with Rudolf Uhlenhaut. With his team he immediately began to develop a fundamentally new racing car. An unusual step to take, since the days of the 750-kg formula were counted and an entirely new regulation based on the displacement was due to be in place already in 1938.
After thoroughly testing the W 25 under racing conditions, Uhlenhaut chose a revolutionary chassis design principle for its successor, the W 125, one with soft spring characteristics and powerful damping. The engine, too, was thoroughly further developed. The in-line eight-cylinder with supercharger delivered – after hiking the displacement to 5.7 litres – up to 435 kW (592 hp), around 73 kW (100 hp) more than the previous year's model. This is an output that Grand Prix racing cars only reached again in the late 1980s. The top speed of the W 125 was around 320 km/h. The three cooling vents in its front section gave the W 125 an unmistakeable look.
The new Silver Arrow started off by winning the very first race it entered, the Tripoli Grand Prix (Libya), piloted by Hermann Lang. With no less than seven victories, nine 2nd and six 3rd places, it dominated the 1937 racing season, and Rudolf Caracciola goes on to win the Grand Prix European Championship for the second time.
The Mercedes-Benz W 125 is now available as a miniature model for your personal collection and is stunning in its intricacy.
- Color: Silver
- Scale: 1:38
- Material: Metal / Die-Cast Zinc With Plastic Parts