Silver Arrow warming up, LOUD engine sound, W165 Mercedes

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011, a W165 Mercedes silver arrow warming up. Chassis 449547 was the second of the two W165s completed for the 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix. It was considered the slower of the two cars and Lang was sent out in it with an unfavourable strategy. He nevertheless dominated the race and if he had wanted, he could have lapped his 'team leader' in the closing stages. As mentioned the car was only tested and demonstrated after its debut victory. It remained dormant for over fifty years and is still only very rarely seen outside of Stuttgart. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 'Silver Arrows,' it is seen here at one of those rare outings, during the 2009 Retromobile in Paris. General specifications Country of origin Germany Chassis number 449547/2 Numbers built 4 Produced in 1939 Major wins 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix (Hermann Lang in 449547/2) Engine Configuration M165 90º V8 Location Front, longitudinally mounted Weight 195 kilo / 429.9 lbs Construction steel block and head Displacement 1.495 liter / 91.2 cu in Bore / Stroke 64.0 mm (2.5 in) / 58.0 mm (2.3 in) Compression 6.5:1 Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC Fuel feed 2 Solex Carburettors Aspiration Two Roots-Type Supercharger Power 256 bhp / 191 KW @ 8000 rpm BHP/Liter 171 bhp / liter Drivetrain Chassis aluminium body on steel oval-tube frame with 5 cross-members Front suspension double wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers Rear suspension DeDion axle, longitudinal torsion bars, hydraulic shock absorbers Steering worm-and-nut Brakes hydraulic drums, all-round Gearbox 5 speed Manual Drive Rear wheel drive Dimensions Weight 700 kilo / 1543.2 lbs Length / Width / Height 3680 mm (144.9 in) / 1510 mm (59.4 in) / 850 mm (33.5 in) Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2450 mm (96.5 in) / 1340 mm (52.8 in) / 1280 mm (50.4 in) Performance figures Power to weight 0.37 bhp / kg Top Speed 272 km/h (169 mph)

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