If you run for factory racing team would you withdraw at the middle of the season just because of underperforming car?
Then would you give the task to an engineer that had no experience in racing? Well, whatever your answer, Mercedes-Benz did exactly this in 1936. Rudolf Uhlenhaut designed the W125 as pure beast. The supercharged 8-cylinder engine was able to produce 595 hp in race trim. The highest test power output measured for W125 was 637 hp. The truth is that this prewar Benz was the most powerful race car for about 3 decades. F1 cars achieved such power numbers in the early “turbo” `80s!