The aerodynamic Mercedes-Benz that changed the racing world | Coming Soon to an Issue Near You

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The Mercedes-Benz SSKL that Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld brought to the 1932 race at the Avus circuit looked unlike most of the cars on the grid. It featured a sleek, round body—radical for the time—that gave Fachsenfeld a unique advantage on the circuit's long straights.

What the world didn’t know yet, though, was that the odd-looking SSKL would change the racing world and pave the way for the study of aerodynamics as we know it.

Read this story in the upcoming September issue of Classic Motorsports.

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