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Sauber C9

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Sauber C9
Race Car
Category Group C
Constructor Sauber / Mercedes-Benz
Chassis
Suspension (front)
Suspension (rear)
Engine
Power N/A hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft. of torque @ N/A rpm
Transmission
Fuel
Tyres
Notable entrants Kouros Racing
AEG Olympia
Notable drivers
Debut 1987
Races competed
Race victories
Constructors' Championships
Drivers' Championships
Pole positions
Fastest laps
Designer Designer (lead designer if it was a team effort)

The Sauber C9 (later named the Mercedes-Benz C9 or Sauber Mercedes C9) was a Group C prototype race car introduced in 1987 as a continuation of the partnership between Sauber as a constructor and Mercedes-Benz as an engine builder for the World Sportscar Championship. The C9 replaced the previous Sauber C8. For its debut season in 1987, the cars were run by Kouros Racing, named after the fragrance brand of its sponsor, Yves Saint Laurent , although officially backed by Mercedes-Benz. The team managed a mere twelfth in the teams standings, scoring points in only a single round. For 1988, Kouros was dropped as a sponsor, forcing the team to be renamed Sauber Mercedes. As a result, Mercedes used AEG-Olympia for sponsor - AEG being owned by Daimler-Benz at the time. They managed to finish second in the championship behind Silk Cut Jaguar with five wins for the season. Unfortunately at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team suffered an embarrassing setback when they were forced to withdraw due to concern over their Michelin tires.

Finally, in 1989, the car was able to achieve great success. Beside replacing the black color scheme for its national plain silver scheme, reducing AEG as a minor sponsor, the older M117 5.0L turbocharged V8 engine was upgraded to the M119, which replaced steel heads with new aluminium. The C9 was able to win all but one race in the 1989 season, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. During qualifying for Le Mans, the C9 recorded a speed of 247mph (398km/h) while on the Mulsannes Straight, a record which led to the addition of two chicanes on the Mulsanne straight. Mercedes driver Jean-Louis Schlesser would end up taking the driver's championship that season.

The C9 would be replaced by the Mercedes-Benz C11 for 1990.

Gallery


Complete Racing Results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
YYYY (Constructor) (Engine) (Tyre code)

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