Top-level grand prix racing's fascination with forced induction doesn't start with 2014's turbo V6s, nor did it get going with the first turbo cars of the '70s and '80s. It started 90 years ago, with the supercharged era.
I have my many, many problems with the Silver Arrows, many of which where brushed on by Ballaban in his Nazi LSR article. But dammit did the W25 Mercedes sound good.
The Nazis were horrible. Unfathomably horrible. Any time you think you've seen just how horrible they were, go to your local Holocaust museum, and it'll be so much worse than you thought. But the thing about them is, they thought they were better. And they tried to prove it on the road.
When New Jersey mechanic Zenop Tuncer took delivery of a $180,000 Mercedes 320 that he purchased for a client, he thought he had been ripped off. What was described as a two door convertible arrived as a four door with no roof.
When a pair of British-trained Czech and Slovak assassins attacked one of Nazi Germany’s most sinister leaders in Prague in May 1942, they were armed with submachine guns and anti-tank mines. But even these were not enough. To complete Operation Anthropoid and kill Heydrich, Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík needed a little…
Mercedes and Jewish roots? Weren’t open Mercedes the rides of choice for the Nazi set in the 1930s? Yes, they were—but Hitler and company were riding in cars named after the granddaughter of a Hungarian rabbi.