sauber c11

Although debuting at the first round of the World Sports-Prototype Championship at Suzuka , the car did not actually race. The newly developed twin-Turbo V8 was mated to a familiar Hewland five speed gearbox. The whole car was considerably slimmer in appearance than its older sibling and was both lighter and stiffer. The Mercedes engine was mounted in a steel subframe directly behind the driver’s compartment. The Germans were clearly impressed and shortly after the wind tunnel test an exclusive engine deal was signed between Sauber and Mercedes.

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Although the car landed on its wheels, it was damaged too much to start the race. This allowed for a better integrated rear end that was much stiffer than before, according to designer Leo Ress. The Germans were clearly impressed and shortly after the wind tunnel test an exclusive eauber deal was signed between Sauber and Mercedes.

Sauber Mercedes C11 – Images, Specifications and Information

F1 – Le Mans Series Valencia km. 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. The new chassis was designed for more downforce with a lower frontal area. Porsche was particularly good at capitalizing on this new technology, as its produced upwards of horsepower in qualifying trim, and was known for dribbling flames from its exhaust. The race reverted to being part of the championship season again in Group C is a now-defunct Ssauber classification of endurance racing cars from the s.


He had teamed up with engine specialist Heini Mader and together they created the Cosworth engined Sauber C6 in Mauro Baldi rated the car as one of the best he ever drove. Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or. Goodwood Festival of Speed. At Le Mans in the sole Sauber Mercedes C8 entered recorded the second highest top speed, but also flipped on the Hunaudieres in practice.

Particular attention was paid to air entry and exit points around the wheel arches and the airflow through the cockpit was improved for driver comfort. In all, five chassis were built, C being the “winningest” chassis with four victories in the season.

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Brundle also believed that the larger capacity engine with lighter turbocharging meant less lag and better fuel consumption, especially since the team also had good drivers.


Karma SC1 Vision Concept. They came home first and second. Monterey Classic Car Week. Sauber used their success in endurance racing to hoist themselves sauver the cutthroat world of Formula 1, in which they still compete today.

Mercedes-Benz C11

The only other blot on an saubber exceptional season was the disqualification of the number 1 car in Mexico for exceeding its fuel allocation. Le Mans Series Jarama km. Jaguar driver Martin Brundle recalled that the XJR could just stay with the Mercedes if driven flat out but could not match it for downforce.

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Palm Beach International, a Concours d’Elegance. Porto Historic Grand Prix. Sauber Mercedes C9 Years: Pascal Rondeau via Getty Images Sport.

Races Wins Poles F. Throughout the rest of the season, the C11 won all but one race and easily took the team’s championship saubsr the year. The car was the successor to the Sauber C9, but was not named the C10 due to the difficulty of pronouncing C10 in German pronounced tse-tsehn.