The Most Beautiful Silver Arrow?

Cars

The C11 – Mercedes’ 1990 Sports Car stallion might appear to be retro in design terms these days, but we’d more readily call it a classic.

Carbon Fibre hulled and packed with that monstrous twin turbo-ed engine packing over 700 horsepower, this was the car that Michael Schumacher drove when promoted from his drive in F3 – before moving on of course to make F1 history.

The young Schuey was mentored in the C11 by died in the wool racers Jochen Mass and Mauro Baldi – while his current F1 technical director and team principal Ross Brawn was working across the pits for Mercedes’s great rival Jaguar.

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Strangely enough Mercedes decided to swerve Le Mans for that year, choosing instead to focus on defending their the Group C sports car championship itself – which in fact they did easily.

In our opinion this was the prettiest of the bunch of that late-period sports cars – F1 would soon come to totally eclipse these sorts of cars in popularity – mainly because of the complex machinations of the FIA – it had the aggressive essence of the Porsche 917 with a hint of the carbon-fibre trickery that changed Motor Racing forever.

This was a real bridge builder between the steel and valves ancien regime and the CG-dominated future…

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