To open the bonnet and gaze at the long-stroke inline six-cylinder engine, you first need to remove the aerodynamically contoured cover at the head hinge. The cockpit is identical to that in the SSKL, which means there are two leather seats, a dominating steering wheel and spartan interior to minimise the weight as far as possible at just 1,444 kilograms. Next to the dashboard is the central accelerator pedal, with the clutch at the left and the brake at the right.
At the race itself, Manfred von Brauchitsch competed as a privately funded driver. Due to the continuing global economic crisis, Mercedes-Benz decided at the time to pull the plug on its own motorsport activities, which had already been running on the back burner since 1931.