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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Video Sunday - It's All Uphill From Here

 Uploaded: 29/10/11
Running Time: 5:22
Views When Posted Here: 38,805

Yesterday, I went to a local rally event in Yateley Wood. I might write about it later, but one thing I noticed when the 2WD class was climbing up a little hill after a tight hairpin is that compared to the 4WD cars, some of them struggled with it. This guy, however, won't struggle one bit in his 2WD car. This is partly because he's racing on tarmac (ok, it's entirely because he's on tarmac), but it's also because he is driving a hillclimb car. You might want to adjust your volume.

The car in question is a Mercedes-Benz 190E, apparently an ex-DTM car, which is propelled by a mix of slick tyres, a 6-speed sequential gearbox and a 564bhp 3.4-litre Judd V8 (apparently an old Formula 1 engine), which is revving to nearly 10,000rpm as it flies up this hill. With a vehicle weight of around 816kg, "flies" would be the operative word were it not for all the extreme aerodynamic add-ons. As you can see at 3:42, the rear wing could do with being fixed on with something a little sturdier, but it doesn't seem to be an issue. If you've seen this video before and/or want to skip the montage, go to 1:50 in the video... and experience the noise.

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