Sauber Mercedes C9

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The Sauber C9, later named the Sauber Mercedes C9 or Mercedes-Benz C9, was a Group C prototype race car introduced in 1987 for the World Sportscar Championship.
strictly limited to 150 prints worldwide
€42.00
SKU: LE-RS-C9
The Group C project was originally started by Sauber in 1986 with a badly vibrating Cosworth V8 engine proved to be a reliability nightmare. In the following seasons, the Swiss team had a little more success with the BMW engined C7, but they could not match the Works developed Porsches and Lancias. Perhaps with the intention of securing factory backing, Peter Sauber asked Mercedes-Benz if he could use their brand new windtunnel to test his latest racing car. The Germans were clearly impressed and shortly after the wind tunnel test an exclusive engine deal was signed between Sauber and Mercedes. This effectively meant the return of Mercedes-Benz to sportscar racing for the first time since their withdrawal after the tragic 1955 Le Mans. The priority was to develop a race winning engine first before drawing too much attention and in the first few years of the cooperation, Mercedes-Benz was listed as an engine supplier only.

In 1989, after two seasons of development, Mercedes dramatically upped their involvement in 1988 to full factory backing.. Beside replacing the original black colour scheme for its national plain silver scheme, the older M117 5.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine was upgraded to the M119, which replaced steel heads with new aluminium. The C9 was able to win all but one race in the 1989 season, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. During qualifying for Le Mans, the C9 recorded a speed of 247 mph (398 km/h) on the Mulsanne Straight, a record. These speeds led to the cessation on the huge Le Mans Mulsanne Straight and the introduction of two chicanes, from 1990 onwards. Mercedes driver Jean-Louis Schlesser would end up taking the driver's championship that season.

  • size +

    80 x 38 cm image size
    88 x 46cm outer dimensions including white border is added to the above size around the image to allow for a mount or your personal frame
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    Printed media:
    3M silk polyester (160 g/m²)
    ensuring optimal long-term protection from dust, moisture and is crease and tear resistant

    Framing not included
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    You order will be printed on demand for optimum quality, include a certificate of authenticity and is hand-signed and numbered before delivery. Therefore additional time is required before delivery.

    Delivery time: 1-2 weeks

    FREE Worldwide shipping:
    All prints are wrapped in a moisture protection film and shipped rolled in tubes
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