1930s / 2015 Shanghai Motor Show / Audi / Auto Union / German

Live from the Shanghai Motor Show: Auto Union Type C

Audi brought an Auto Union Type C Grand Prix racer to this year’s edition of the Shanghai Motor Show. The Type C was parked just a stone’s throw from the second-gen R8, Audi’s newest sports car.

The Type C was the third evolution of Auto Union’s so-called Silver Arrows. Designed largely by Ferdinand Porsche, it was powered by a mid-mounted supercharged 6.0-liter V16 engine that sent 520 horsepower to the rear wheels. Period reports indicate the Type C was a little difficult to handle, it had a bad tendency to oversteer, but it was a force to be reckoned with nonetheless because it could reach a top speed of nearly 200 mph.

In 1936, the Type C won the Tripoli Grand Prix, the Eifelrenen, the German Grand Prix, the Coppa Acerbo, the Swiss Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix that was held on the Monza track.

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