If you followed Formula 1 before the Mercedes AMGs gave up the naturally aspirated engine, you certainly appreciated the old “Medical-Car” which officiated at the races. Here is exactly what to refresh your memory and do you good to the ears.
Between downsizing, hybridization and electrification, the real engines are endangered species. However, some have become automotive myths before giving up the ghost and giving way to turbocharged models. Best example of its kind, the 6.3 block from AMG which is actually 6.2 liters. This one was lucky: he did not have to give up cylinders, on the other hand he had to adopt two turbos and lose more than 2.0 liters of displacement.
However, it is good to remember the good times of this atmospheric V8 when he officiated under the hood of models badged with the 3 most edgy letters of the firm at the Star. These images shot near the Monza circuit in Italy are proof of this. The doctor’s car goes on fast laps to train and be up to the task when it has to follow Formula 1 after the start.
Two for the price of one
Purists will be delighted to learn that the C-Class 63 AMG Break isn’t the only old Mercedes to roar its 6.3 V8 in this video. It is also followed by an SLS AMG – the Safety Car of the Formula 1 Championship – which rumbles its V8 in the same way. Suffice to say that you may appreciate when the two cars go full speed.
Nevertheless, we still prefer the somewhat hasty downshifting of the station wagon just before the turns of Ascari: it rumbles and it slams… it lives! Everything we like to hear when we attach importance to the sound of a car. Rather judge!