SIXTY years ago, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows dominated racetracks around the world, winning in Formula One and the World
SIXTY years ago, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows dominated racetracks around the world, winning in Formula One and the World Sports Car Championship in what were, at the time, the fastest and most advanced machines ever created — the mighty W 196 series racing cars.
Now, using cutting-edge filming techniques, there’s the chance to experience what it must have been like to wrestle the Silver Arrows around the track in the form of vivid 360-degree films, packaged into an app and available to download for free in the Android Store and via iTunes. Simply search for ‘Mercedes Classic’.
Using the accelerometers in a tablet or phone, you can change the angle you view the action from by simply moving the device — creating an interactive film that can be viewed from any angle, and relayed in real time.
In the app, you’re given the chance to ride alongside Sir Stirling Moss in his 300 SLR ‘722’ as he is reunited with the same car in which, 60 years ago, he won the Mille Miglia in 10 hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds — a record time that’s never been broken.
Alternatively, you can hang on tight as a W 196 R Streamliner is taken around the famous banking at Monza — two camera views allowing you to experience the epic noise made by the straight-eight engine.