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#63 Sauber-Mercedes C9
1989sauberc9
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz logo
2,200,000 CR
Model year: 1989
Performance Index: R1 986
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Mid
Basic Performance
SPEED
10
HANDLING
9.8
ACCELERATION
9.9
LAUNCH
8.6
BRAKING
9.6
Advanced Performance
Power: 800 HP (596 kW)
Torque: 600 lb ft (813 N·m)
Weight: 1995 lbs (904 Kg)
Front: 45%
Displ: 5.0 L
Power/weight: 884 HP per ton

659 kW per ton


The C 9 was the watershed Group C racecar that brought Sauber-Mercedes pole and second position on the grid at Le Mans in 1989, leading to a win and second that year. It also holds the fastest legitimate speed on the Mulsanne Straight at 247 mph, and may be the singular reason why the chicanes were added. The C 9 was a breakthrough model, succeeding where others has suffered reliability and safety issues. It could be said this car is what later brought Sauber-Mercedes into F1. Sporting a completely re-engineered M119 V8 motor made of alluminum, with twin-turbochargers and a full four-valve per cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts, the C 9 motor bumped power to 800 hp. Built into a light-alloy monocoque the C 9 is well balanced, robust, and sleek. The beauty of the chassis in classic silver harkens back to the successful Silver Arrows of ages past. Among group C racers the Sauber-Mercedes C 9 is a fabled competitor.

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