Gallery: the greatest Le Mans cars ever
Bentley Speed Six, Ford GT40, Porsche 956: here are the finest endurance racers of all time
Posted: 13 Jun 2014
In 1989 – thirty-seven years after becoming the first German manufacturer to win at Le Mans – Mercedes claimed the podium's highest step with the Sauber C9.
Its five-litre V8 boasted twin turbochargers, a fuel-injection system and lots of power. Enough power to push the Silver Arrow to 248mph during the 1989 qualifying. These monster speeds were shackled the year after, when the giant Mulsanne Straight was broken by two chicanes for safety reasons.