Even in an era when autosport was frighteningly dangerous, the Mille Miglia was known to be a particularly perilous race.
But in 1955, Sir Stirling Moss—along with embedded journalist Denis Jenkinson—climbed into a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR W 196 R, and managed to traverse the course's 1,000 miles in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds. It was a legendary performance, and truth be told, one of the reasons for the "Sir" in front of his name.
And while the Mille Miglia ceased being a proper race in 1957—after an especially gruesome Ferrari crash which killed the driver and co-driver, along with nine spectators—the event continues as kind of a rolling concours d'elegance, and the time Moss set all those years ago remains the record.
So to celebrate the anniversary of Moss' spectacular achievement, Mercedes-Benz commissioned an immersive, 360-degree film which give viewers a perspective on what it would be like to ride along with him in the cockpit of such a fantastic racing machine.
Head to Mercedes-Benz's U.K. site to watch that video, and check out the clip above for more info on the epic drive which inspired it.
The 2015 Mille Miglia is currently underway, and will run until May 17.