#3- Mark Webber and Peter Dumbreck’s Mercedes CLR’s flipping at the 1999 24 Hours Of LeMans
There’s something to be said about a race team who knowingly had a car with a major aerodynamic flaw deciding to start the race anyway. What followed led to disastrous results for Mercedes and their CLR racecars during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1999 and has dubbed both CLRs the Flipping Mercedes. During a warm-up lap and the race itself, two Mercedes CLR race cars flipped over in dramatic fashion. Both drivers escaped unharmed.
An aerodynamic flaw in the CLR allowed for large amounts of air to build up underneath the nose of the car. This effect was magnified when following another car and at the tops of hills.
Mark Webber, one of the driver’s of the CLR, became airborne at a part of the track called Indianapolis during qualifying and again became airborne following his teammates over the Mulsanne corner. Even though Webber’s car was taken out of the race, two other CLR’s soldiered on with that dangerous flaw still there.
Only hours into the race, Peter Dumbreck’s CLR also caught some air and flipped over itself before flying into a set of trees. The other CLR dropped out and Mercedes was out of the race.
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