The World Records Night at the Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart
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There he goes again! The Ben Stiller-wannabe, the most charismatic guardian and tour guide in the whole wide world is letting us inside the Mercedes-Benz Museum at night time again, just like he promised. Let’s see what he’s got in store for us this time!

Oops! Low battery! That’s definitely not the way to start a documentary! Especially one filmed in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, a building that hosts about a century and a half of automobile history.

But he comes back to present the most remarkable records in the history of Mercedes-Benz. Sorry, is there a cameraman in the house? It looks like Uke is having problems with his video camera! His tripod is going down. And down. And down. So that his stand up turns into… sit down!

Over a century ago, nobody would have even dared to think that a vehicle can go faster than 200 km/h. But everything changed in 1909, when the “Blitzen-Benz” Racing Car blew up the barriers of velocity. It became the fastest vehicle on the planet, even faster than trains and planes at that time.

And Mercedes-Benz still holds the speed record for public roads, Uke lets us know. In 1938, the Mercedes-Benz W125 reached an average speed of 432,7 km/h. That is still a hundred kilometers faster than the average speed record in Formula 1. As shocking at this may sound, the madly speedy car had no radiator, so, in order to cool it, they put a box of 100 kilograms of ice right next to the engine. That would be a temporary solution if today’s technology comes crashing down.

And there is still a record Uke wants us to know about. The 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 GD boxy “Otto” has travelled almost 900 000 kilometers, across 215 countries in 26 years. That would be all the way to the Moon and back. And then twice more around the world. Now “Otto” finally rests in the Stuttgart museum.