The Mercedes That Tried To Take Off

Mercedes AMG Petronas Races at the Edinburgh Airport
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315 km/h. It is the speed at which a medium sized passengers jet would take off. But luckily, the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03, as raced by Michael Schumacher in 2012, does not have a flight propellent. The Formula 1 car reached this speed on the runway at the Edinburgh Airport.

Driven by the former Formula 1 racer and currently a participant in the World Endurance Championship, Anthony Davidson, the F1 W03 went from 0 to 100 km/h in 2,9 seconds. 18 seconds later, the Silver Arrow reached 310 km/h. The car was previously raced by the 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher in the German, Hungarian, Belgian, Italian and Singapore Grand Prix and it is powered by a naturally-aspirated V8 engine.

The demonstration of speed took place during “Race the Runway”, a charity event run by the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. The runway used by airplanes turned into a race track for a day, while the takeoffs and landings were all settled along other runways.

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Every year, the organization founded by Princess Diana and Prince Charles invites owners of high performance cars to compete in a series of drag races and also donate to the Hospice. Mercedes has been sponsoring the event for two years, sending monsters of the highway to race on the runway. An A 45 AMG, an E 63 AMG S Estate, a C 63 AMG Black Series and also an SLS 631 AMG Black Series started in Scotland. The former one set the standard, with a top speed of 260 km/h during a race.

The 2014 race also registered a record number of participants, 32. You can see them all in the following video.