The racing “fintail” from Mercedes-Benz

220 SE (W 111) “FHR Fintail”

220 SE (W 111) “FHR Fintail”

  • Built for historic motor racing based on models from the 1960s
  • The endeavour is reminiscent of Mercedes-Benz endurance race wins and customer racing of the period

Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (series W 111, 1959 to 1965), reconstructed by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Centre in 2011 for classic endurance racingIn the late 1950s and early 1960s, Mercedes-Benz enjoyed much success in international endurance races and rallies. The period at the start of the 1960s was shaped above all by the 220 SE and 300 SE “fintail” saloons with six-cylinder engines.

To commemorate the motorsport successes of the period and to keep the tradition of the brand’s exceptional racing history alive while also making historic motorsport even more attractive for private drivers, Mercedes-Benz Classic reconstructed a type 220 SE “fintail” saloon (series W 111) in 2011, for use in historic motorsport events.

Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111 series) of 1964 as rally car. Rebuilt in 2011 in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.The car meets the regulations of the FIA International Sporting Code, Appendix K (FIA – Féderation Internationale de l’Automobile). The vehicle is used in particular for the Dunlop FHR long-distance cup held by the Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport e. V. (FHR) – the world’s biggest historical long-distance racing series as per Appendix K.

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In the 1960s, competition vehicles typically bore close resemblance to production models in terms of technology. The usual modifications included stiffer suspension elements and body components, a larger fuel tank and an engine performance tuned specifically for the intended use.

Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111 series) of 1964 as rally car. Rebuilt in 2011 in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.When building the 220 SE, Mercedes-Benz Classic also followed the requirement to design a powerful competition vehicle using near-standard technology. The Classic Centre specialists made the following detailed modifications to the production vehicle, amongst others: the interior now has a roll cage with quick-connect safety coupling for side-impact fasteners such as door crossbars and side impact protectors (Fix Opening and Closure Security System, FO-CS for short).Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111 series) of 1964 as rally car. Rebuilt in 2011 in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.

The fintail has also been equipped with a fire extinguishing system and a 100-litre FT3 safety tank. The car will soon feature 5½ x 15 rims with 6.00 x 15 racing tyres. And of course, the W 111 has also been painted in the classic DB 140 light-grey livery which adorned the competition vehicles from 1961 to 1964.

Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111 series) of 1964 as rally car. Rebuilt in 2011 in the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.Vehicle data for Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111)

Engine:  six-cylinder (in-line)

Bore x stoke:  80 x 72.8 mm

Displacement:  2195 cc

Performance:  120 hp (88 kW) at 4800 rpm

Max. torque:  19.3 mkg (189 Nm/ 139 lb-ft) at 3900 rpm

Front axle:  double wishbones, coil springs, torsion bar stabiliser, telescopic shock absorbers

Power transmission:  via propeller shaft to the rear axle

Rear axle:  single-joint swing axle with compensating spring, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers

Brake system:  hydraulic brake system with brake booster

Front brakes:  disc brakes, 253 mm in diameter

Rear brakes:  duplex drum brakes with turbo-cooled Alfin drums, 230 mm in diameter

Transmission:  4-speed floor shift transmission

Clutch:  dry single-disc clutch

Maximum speed:  approx. 170 km/h (106 mph)

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