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Old 12-05-2010, 08:53 PM   #132 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Old Mechanic View Post
The road racing rivalries between Mercedes and Auto Union prior to WW2 are also a fascinating study in competition between in line and horizontally opposed engines.
Minor quibble: The Auto Union cars used V16 engines with a fairly narrow angle (60 degrees, I believe), with a supercharger. They ran a surprisingly low red-line (4000 RPM?) in part so the engines could last a little longer between rebuilds.

I believe the M-B racers were inline engines, though.

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