In 1936 auto union presented with the type c a monoposto which was almost totally different from all the other racing cars known so far. Dubbed the silver arrows these cars and in particular the auto unions demonstrated technical advances that were not seen again on racing cars for several decades.
When mercedes benz announced their intent to enter grand prix racing in 1934 auto union could of course not stay behind especially considering the huge support offered by the german government.
Auto union race cars. Cmc auto union type c 1936 4 limited edition 1 18 scale. Although all four continued to produce cars under their own name they shared technology and a four ring badge on the radiator. By 1937 auto union had been actively making streamlined record cars for three years.
Their first attempt was with a long tail typ a and later a striking rekordwagen typ lucca coupe was made. The auto union grand prix racing cars types a to d were developed and built by a specialist racing department of auto union s horch works in zwickau germany between 1933 and 1939. The auto union and mercedes benz motor sport teams dominated motor racing from 1934 until the outbreak of the second world war.
Filmed goodwood fos and s. Without anyone at auto union comparable to mercedes chief engineer rudolf uhlenhaut who could drive his cars at race speeds eberan adopted a trucker s 24 hour tachograph to monitor the cars performance while it was being driven by one of the works drivers. This racing car developed by ferdinand porsche wrote racing history right away like almost no other racing car had done before.
Between 1935 and 1937 auto union cars won 25 races. Here you will see the classic auto unione racing cars. Auto union might have considered using these designs in a a normal grand prix race but this never happened.
Of the 4 auto union racing cars the types a b and c used from 1934 to 1937 had supercharged v16 engines and the final car the type d used in 1938 and 1939 built to new 1938 regulations had a supercharged.