CMC M-161 Auto Union Type C #18 Eifel Race 1936

161CMC M-161 Auto Union Type C #18 Eifel Race 1936
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Product Description

Preface: CMC once announced its intention to release a scale 1/12 replica of the Auto Union Type C with starting #5. Further research on this vehicle, however, revealed a basically identical car with starting #18, which had went down in racing history, together with its ingenious driver Bernd Rosemeyer. In consent with Audi Tradition, we decided to replicate the #18 car, instead. Your understanding will be appreciated. 

On June 14th 1936, Auto Union sent its best driver Bernd Rosemeyer to compete in the famous Eifel race at the Nürburgring, driving an Auto Union Type C with starting #18. This event became one of the most memorable fog-races at the Nürburgring. It consisted of 10 laps for a total distance of 228 km. The race was dominated by three prominent drivers of the time from the very beginning. Leading the way was Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes W25, next came the veteran warrior Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo P3, and behind him was Bernd Rosemeyer in a Type C. After the 3rd round Nuvolari surpassed Caracciola to take the lead. But Rosemeyer was catching up steadily. Following a shock absorber failure that forced Caracciola to retire, a thrilling duel for victory unfolded between Nuvolari and the daredevil Rosemeyer.

True to his nickname, Rosemeyer endeavored to become the undisputed front-runner by the 7th round.  At a significant distance behind him was Nuvolari, running in the 2nd place. During the 8th round, however, something unforeseen happened. With the sudden descent of a heavy fog, the Nürburgring was enveloped in an impenetrable wall of mist. Visibility was reduced to less than 20 meters! And what did Rosemeyer do? This crazy guy kept going full speed ahead. With a seriously blurred vision, he had to rely on his route memory of the course, a 7th sense for orientation, and an undaunted spirit to win the race. A legend was born.

Bernd Rosemeyer went down in racing history as the “Fog Master.” Auto Union was setting a new benchmark that put an end to the dominance of Mercedes Benz.

Model Description 

•    Hand-assembled precision metal model, built from 1,203 single parts
•    Removable front – and engine hood with real rubber O-rings for locking hooks
•    Moveable windscreen
•    True-to-the-original replication of the 16-cylinder V-type engine with all aggregates, pipes and cabling
•    Dual exhaust system made of metal
•    Crank-arm front suspension with friction-shock absorbers made of metal
•    Metal rear axle with oscillation dampers
•    Handcrafted radiator grill of stainless steel with a detailed cooling system and oil/fuel delivery lines
•    Openable fuel tank cap made of stainless steel
•    Cockpit fitted with a textile-covered driver seat and „Rosemeyer steering wheel“ that has round disks riveted on its spokes
•    Perfectly wired wheels with a light alloy rim, stainless steel, spokes and nipples
•    Imprint “Bernd” on the outside of the cockpit on the front right side 
•    Brilliant paintwork with starting number 18 printed by the tampon printing method
•    Removable central locking nuts with right- and left-hand threads (side-dependent) 

Technical Data of the Original Vehicle 

•    Monoposto with free-standing wheels on a tubular frame
•    16-cylinder V-engine
•    2 valves per cylinder, controlled by one overhead cam shaft
•    Roots compressor
•    Dry sump lubrication

Maximum output: 520 hp at 5,000 rpm
Displacement:  6,005 cc
Top speed:  approx. 340 km/h
Mixture preparation: 1 Solex horizontal dual-carburettor
Maximum torque:  870 Nm
Bore x stroke: 75 x 85 mm
Wheel base: 2,910 mm
Track front/rear: 1,420 / 1,420 mm
Total length:  3,920 mm