Mercedes-Benz Racing Secrets

Karl Ludvigsen CIMechE MSAE, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield University.

Karl will start at 7pm. Interesting cars and bikes welcome for the display 6pm.

Author, historian and IMechE Companion Karl Ludvigsen wrote the prize-winning Mercedes-Benz Sports and Racing Cars, also known as Quicksilver Century. His richly illustrated talk will take you inside the engineering secrets of the famed company’s triumphs and failures since its triumphal victory in the 1914 French Grand Prix, famed as the best GP ever. Envelope-bodied GP racers? Six-wheeled record-breakers? Mid-engined racing cars in 1923 and 1935? They’re all here in a spectacular presentation by a Cranfield Visiting Fellow that you won’t want to miss.

Celebrating 60 years of Automotive Master’s at Cranfield University.

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Event programme

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Location and travel details

Vincent Building
Cranfield University
MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

Road: we are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway; there is free parking on campus.
Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford.
Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

For further travel details please visit our location page.

Who should attend

Industry, alumni, sponsors, potential students.


Free to attend.