Martin Schroeder - The ultimate 1:8th scale Auto Union Type C
The Grand 1:8th scale Auto Union Type C
At this time there are less than 10 still available. This is a one off opportunity to get a fine end example of one of the ground breaking car designs that changed both racing history and set a new standard.
In November 1999, Audi permitted Janos Rakoczi, Andras Noszvai, and Martin Schröder to take measurements for the Type C model. From these specs Hungary’s master model builder, Rakoczi - using compass, and curve templates - was able to prepare technical drawings that served to develop the prototype. These drawings have a high degree of artistic merit in themselves.
The initial fully cast moulds, tools, and devices took shape as per the drawings in order to forge the metal chassis, the steering, exhaust pipes, instruments and the innumerable small parts that go into the assembly of a racing car - even at one-eighth the size of the original.
The quality of time and effort put into this model includes the different sizes and treads for the front and rear Continental racing tires. The so-called “Nürburgring Tread” of the rear tires was designed to provide the optimal amount of traction, but it also provided a superior aesthetic. Alongside the development of the complete model, one of the many challenges for Janos Rakoczi was to keep an eye on each of the required five thousand individual parts, ranging from the cast parts for the motor and gear box to the removable spoked wheels with Rudge hub fasteners, a gas tank with a filler cap that can be opened, the seat, the removable steering wheel, the front and rear suspension, to the grease fitting on the front axle as well as the body screws that were typical of the AUTO UNION cars (they measured 1.6mm and had two holes). The Type C was clearly the most advanced evolution of Porsche’s initial design of 1932. It revolutionized the layout of the traditional Grand Prix race car and created the set up - driver, fuel tank, engine, differential and gear box – still in use in modern Formula One racing seventy years later!
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