Monday, March 20, 2017

Forza Horizon 3: The rare Benz saloon

Looks like I scored myself another rare event car from last weekend's Forzathon event and this one is a real keeper in the eyes of classic car enthusiasts. This right here is the 300SEL 6.3, a luxury premium sedan that was used in touring car races while donning the legendary Rot Sau livery remembered by many.

Now hold on a second, I last encountered this beauty back in Forza Motorsport 4 during the XBOX 360 years and now it's back in the world of Forza as an event car sadly and those who never got the chance to grab one, there is a chance that it may come back in future events so stay tuned. Anyway, this iconic flagship saloon from its era comes with the 6.3L V8 engine derived from the 600 sedan and when mated to a four-speed automatic, it has a top speed of 137mph and it can go 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds. Four decades ago, AMG, back when it was a tuning company, produced special competitive versions of the 300 SEL and had an impressive, albeit short, racing career due to lack of proper tires or rule changes. Those race-spec 300SEL cars are nicknamed "Red Pig" and they finished 2nd place in the 24 hours of Spa in 1971. Five were made, three racers and two test cars. A race driver named Hans Heyer achieved a class victory with his Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 since 1971.

So, now that I got to know about the vintage limousine that became one of the all-time greats in motorsport history, looks like the red pig wants to play rough in the mud against some classic racers down at the timber mill and believe me, this could get VERY rough.

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