1936 Mercedes-Benz W25E

The W25E was distinctly different for the 1936 season. The wheelbase was shortened, bodywork revised with very high final drive ratio. The car’s low top speed was a result of the 3.40 final drive. With different gearing the car could achiveve speeds above 300 kph.

In Detail

tagssilver arrow, golden era
submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
built atStuttgart, Germany
engineM25E Inline-8
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement4740 cc / 289.3 in³
bore86 mm / 3.39 in
stroke102 mm / 4.02 in
power368.4 kw / 494 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output104.22 bhp per litre
bhp/weight583.23 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum over U-Section Pressed Steel Frame
driven wheelsRWD
front tires5.5×19
rear tires7.0×19
front brakesLight -Alloy Drums w/Hydrualic Assist
rear brakesLight -Alloy Drums w/Hydrualic Assist
steeringWorm & Nut
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Hydrualic Shock Absorbers
r suspensionDe Dion Axle w/Springs, Hydrualic Shock Absorbers
curb weight847 kg / 1867 lbs
wheelbase2460 mm / 96.9 in
front track1473 mm / 58.0 in
rear track1412 mm / 55.6 in
length4040 mm / 159.1 in
width1770 mm / 69.7 in
height1160 mm / 45.7 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.00:1, 1.37:1, 1.14:1, 1.00:1, 0.80:1
final drive3.4:1
top speed~184 kph / 114.3 mph