Ever wonder what 646 HP sounds like screaming around the Nürburgring? You probably already have – surely there’s some crack-addled tuner out there who’s stuffed a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in a Tato Nano and taken it around the Green Monster with a video camera. And you’ve watched, and yawned. But this is different. In 1962, Hermann Lang returned to the Nürburgring to drive the infamous 1937 Mercedes-Benz W125, which was quite simply the most powerful race car in the world for 30 years. Make the jump to see the video, narrated by Graham Hill.
If the howl of that inline-8 motor doesn’t put your hair on end, you should have your hair checked out. It may be defective. Anyways, until the rise of the turbocharged F1 cars and the Can Am series, both in the late 1970s, this was the ultimate racecar. With a supercharged 5.6L straight 8-cyl engine producing 646 HP at full power, this thing could hit 186 MPH – in 1937! The streamlined Rekordwagen version hit 269 MPH in a high-speed run. Although it only raced for a year, its impact was huge.
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