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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s