Thursday, January 6, 2022

Mercedes 300SL air brake

 Mercedes rigged up this airbrake for one of their cars in the 1952 Lemans, Pictured here in practice, it was considered to be experimental and was not used in the race. However, it was extremely effective, apparently cutting braking to a third of the distance at the end of the Mulsanne straight. The pylons supporting the wing were not strong enough and were damaged in use. Mercedes continued to develop the idea and they reappeared in modified form at LeMans 3 years later.

 Patent here.

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