The C9 had a monocoque chassis largely consisted of aluminium, although considerably stiffer and with numerous light alloy and carbon fiber reinforcements. The rear deck was considerably re-profiled and the rear wing was now mounted solely on a central support. As many other C-group cars, aerodynamically the car had two configurations: one for sprint circuits and a low drag version to make the most of the 5.
The engine was developed on the basis of a Mercedes-Benz M unit, a 5L 4. It was mounted in central-longitudinal position in the car, as a semi-stressed part of the chassis. In terms of power output, the engine delivered around HP kW at 7, rpm with the 2. The transmission was in charge of a manual 5-speed Hewland unit. Tyres were provided by Michelin, and the car showed the following dimensions:.
Only the Silverstone race was lost to the Silk Cut Jaguar team following disqualification of the 2 car and retirement of 1. The replica shown here is made by Exoto, with reference RLG As other special Exoto models, this is a Limited Edition, with only 1, units built. This is unit 1,, as shown in the front part of the underbody. The model started selling around the end of , and was quickly sold-out, being very difficult and expensive to find today. For instance, as the date of this post, Exoto still offers 1 last unit of this reference through its website, at the modest price of… 5, USD.
Link to the Sauber C9 page at the Exoto website. The Exoto versions were the only diecast replicas of the C9 until , when Minichamps started building its own replicas although they are very far from the Exoto versions in terms of detail and quality of construction. In case you find the scale model too small for your collection, Exoto also offers a scale model ref.
LMC, the 63 LM winner version with an even higher level of detail. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Maximum race boost was 1. Maximum RPM was 7, but drivers generally kept to 6, during races. The torque curve was almost uniform between 3, and 6, rpm, giving the engine plenty of flexibility. The increase in fuel efficiency meant absolute power could also be taken from just under hp with 2.
For its debut season in , the cars were run by Kouros Racing, named after the fragrance brand of its parent company, Yves Saint Laurent , although backed by Mercedes-Benz in a semi-official capacity. The deal was to last five races. For , the sponsorship deal with Kouros was not renewed and the team was renamed Sauber Mercedes. This coincided with a change of senior management at Mercedes and the announcement in January by new deputy chairman Prof. Dr Werner Niefer that the company would support Group C sportscars.
Unfortunately at the 24 Hours of Le Mans , the team suffered an embarrassing setback when they were forced to withdraw due to concern over their Michelin tyres after Klaus Niedzwiedz suffered a blow out at high speed. Finally, in , the car was able to achieve great success.
Besides replacing the black colour scheme with Mercedes' traditional plain silver scheme and reducing AEG to the role of minor sponsor, the older M 5. The engine had a Group C capacity equivalence of 8. The C9 was able to win all but one race in the season , including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Sauber C9s would go on to finish first, second and fifth in the race. Mercedes driver Jean-Louis Schlesser would end up taking the driver's championship that season.
The C9 would be replaced by the Mercedes-Benz C11 from the second race onwards of the season , when it took one final win in the first race. The Sauber C9 did not enjoy a lot of success in , its first season, finishing on only three occasions. The car's speed potential was made clear when Johnny Dumfries set a lap record at Le Mans before retiring with gearbox failure. Mike Thackwell also took pole position at Spa. Schlesser won the final race of the year, the non-championship Nurburgring Supercup, which was the only win in an otherwise bleak season for the Swiss-German team.
The C9 won five races in the World Sportscar Championship , showing much-improved reliability and placing second in the overall standings behind the winning Silk Cut Jaguar team. Drivers Schlesser, Baldi and Mass finished second, third and fifth respectively behind Jaguar's Martin Brundle in the driver's championship. Sauber drivers also filled the top four spots in the drivers standings with Schlesser winning the championship outright.
High performance was only one notable aspect of the C9s ability; its reliability was another. The car failed to finish only twice in the season but on both occasions, the race was won by the other team car. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A Sauber-Mercedes C9 No. Retrieved 14 November Bamsey, Ian Crowood AutoClassic Series.
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