In 1955 24-hour race at Le Mans the Mercedes-Benz racing team demonstrated a sensational new braking device. All tree Mercedes-Benz SLR cars entered by Daimler-Benz and driven by Moss/Fangio, Kling/Simon and Levegh/Fitch were fitted with the airbrake operating like an airplane’s landing flaps, helped slow the cars down from 150 mph to safe cornering speeds in a matter of seconds. The gadget, subject of much stormy discussion, supplemented the cars’ regular pedal-operated brakes, thus reducing dangerous “fade” caused by overheating. Unfortunately that was the year Pierre Levegh crashed one into a grandstand. The resulting fire and casualties cause Mercedes to withdraw from Le Mans and shut down their racing program for decades. Later that year the airbrake was tested on F1 car. Moss drove the streamlined W196 with the airbrake at Monza. The scale model was issued by Brumm in Moss’ commemorative “722” series that reproduce the cars he piloted. The race number 722 made famous by its victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia.
|1955||F1||Monza Airbrake Test|
|Stirling Moss||Daimler Benz AG|
|1:43||Brumm||“722” Moss Commemorative Edition|