The silver arrows successful streamlined grand prix racers of the late 1930 s built by premier german manufacturers and finished in a shimmering shade of their home country s racing color. After world war ii most of the race cars were carted off.
Of these legendary racers built by auto union and mercedes benz the auto union d type has perhaps become the most storied.
Auto union type d prix. Auto union type d. It probably costs 30 000 to make a roller crank for the d type brakes auto union braking was supposedly ahead of mercedes because it used four leading shoes rather than two so that there were four cylinders on each drum backplate. The history of the 485 horsepower 3 liter v 12 1939 auto union twin supercharger type d which has a top speed of 205 mph is fascinating.
65 x 75 mm. All of the designs were difficult to handle due to extreme power weight ratios and marked ov. In grand prix racing s most potent demonstration of yin and yang.
In those hard times before ww2 auto union had fierce competition with mercedes and their cars known as silver arrows as the cars of the two german teams dominated grand prix racing. 60 deg v12. The car was modified in 1939 with the addition of a twin compressor which increased its engine power output.
Sadly world affairs caught up with racing and the start of the war cut the season short after just four grands prix one of which was won by the twin stage auto union type d. Auto union made racing cars types from a to d but this time we will turn our focus to the types c and d. 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.
In 1938 auto union won the italian and british grand prix with the type d racing car. 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 had a supercharged 3l v12 that developed almost 550 horsepower. For political reasons the championship was awarded to mercedes hermann lang even though auto union s hp muller had scored more points.
The 1939 auto union type d abbreviated as autounion type d is a classic grand prix race car by auto union and audi that debuted in the hot wheels car pack for forza motorsport 5 and is featured as standard in all subsequent motorsport main titles as well as in forza horizon 4.