Racing car Mercedes-Benz W 25 “Silberpfeil” piloted by Rudolf Caracciola
A classic racing car as a windmill for the garden or on the balcony? For the brand new series of wind turbine cars, maxFlite.de has chosen first a very successful combination of man and machine: Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes-Benz W 25 “Silver Arrow” racing car.
The legendary German racing driver Rudolf Caracciola drove his most successful season in 1935 on the classic ‘Silberpfeil’ racing car Mercedes-Benz W 25, which made him European Grand Prix champion. The demands on the racing drivers of this era were almost superhuman. Rudolf Caracciola, nicknamed ‘Karatsch’, was an absolute exceptional driver who drove for Mercedes almost without exception during his career.
The free-standing wheels of these early racing cars are ideal for being driven by the wind. In the usual way, maxFlite combines the proven rustproof stainless steel sheets with high-quality stickers to transfer all details of the original speedster to the wind turbine model. With 5 ball bearings, you can buy a top quality wind turbine here for garden decoration. Mercedes-Benz used this racing car from 1934 – 1937 for the 750 kg formula. An inline eight-cylinder compressor engine with a displacement of 4 liters and 430 hp was used as the engine. The fuel consumption was around 100 liters per 100 km. With the racing car as a wind chime, fuel consumption and emissions are completely in the green. Make your garden or balcony a racetrack for your legendary Mercedes Silver Arrow as a sleek wind wheel. Marvel at the rims flashing at top speed and fabulous driving maneuvers when the wind turbine car of the 1930s hits the wind.
[Length: 49 cm; Width: 16 cm; Height incl. pole: ca. 80 cm; weight: ca. 700 g]
Facts and Figures
The term ‘silver arrow’ was allegedly created with the Mercedes-Benz W 25 racing car. According to the 1934 Eifel race, the Mercedes cars would have been 1 kg too heavy for the regulations. The night before the start, the mechanics would have sanded the paint to reduce weight, whereupon the matt, silver shimmering aluminum appeared. Of course, the aluminum surface of the maxFlite wind wheel Silver Arrow is also shown in detail.
Rudolf Caracciola (1901 – 1959) was the most successful European racing driver in the period before the Second World War. At the age of 15 he was allowed to get a driving license with a special permit. The narrow left turn of the Nürburgring was named from carousel to caracciola carousel after him in 2001 for his 100th birthday. He was the first to use the ditch on the inside to maintain a higher speed. Convince yourself of the driving skills of Caracciola in the windmill racing car.
After successful use in 1934 and 1935, the following season in 1936, Auto Union with Bernd Rosemeyer as the driver was the dominant brand. Mercedes with Caracciola could only win the Monaco and Tunisia Grand Prix this season.
On the basis of the W 25 Grand Prix car, a streamlined vehicle with a 12-cylinder V engine was built for record runs in 1936. On October 26, 1936, Rudolf Caracciola reached a top speed of 366.9 km / h on the Frankfurt – Heidelberg motorway. The engine had a displacement of 4980 cc with an output of 540 hp.
Fritz Nallinger (1898 – 1984) from Esslingen am Neckar had overall responsibility for the development of the W 25 racing car. At the age of 13 he had already received a first patent for car headlights. Hans Niebel was directly responsible for the construction. The elegant lines of the W 25 have been transferred 1: 1 to the wind turbine car.