Mercedes is coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its motorsports career with a total of 13 motorsport heroes, including a faithfully reconstructed SSKL, one of the first “Silver Arrows” that also won the 1932 Avus race.
This unique race car is considered to be the link between the earlier “White Elephants” of the late 1920s and the Silver Arrows that first appeared in 1934. The SSKL was first named the Silver Arrow by a radio reporter when he saw its streamlined body at the Avus race in 1932.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic reconstructed the SSKL to a high standard of historical authenticity, following tons of research and preliminary planning. Work on the car that will debut at this year’s Festival of Speed begun in January 2019.
The company’s engineers had to study the original drawings of the SSKL in order to be faithful. The original SSKL was based on the SSK, but its chassis was drilled in specific areas to make it 125kg (275lbs) lighter.
In addition, the streamlined bodywork was recreated after researching the company’s archives as well as those at Schloss Fachsenfeld, which engineer Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld transferred to a foundation in 1982.
The recreated SSKL will be on show as a static exhibit, but Mercedes-Benz Classic will prepare it for on-track driving on the following months.
Alongside the SSKL, Mercedes will bring legends like the W125 and the W196 R, the 300 SLR, the 190E 2.6-16 Evo II DTM touring car, the Sauber Mercedes C9 and more.