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Jewels at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ... Mercedes-Benz SSKL Avus racing car with streamlined body


Sauber Mercedes C 9 Group C racing sports car from 1989, photo from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

Sauber Mercedes C 9 Group C racing sports car from 1989, photo from Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014

 

Stuttgart, 2 July, 2019

This “silver arrow” offers a sensational insight into the history of Mercedes-Benz motorsports and the legendary Avus victory by racing driver Manfred von Brauchitsch on 22 May 1932: the streamlined body, designed by aerodynamics pioneer Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld (1899 to 1992), hugs the chassis of this powerful Mercedes-Benz SSKL supercharged racing car.

Its design concept makes this unique car the technological link between the powerful “White Elephants” of the Mercedes-Benz S series (W 06) of the late 1920s and the era of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows beginning in 1934. From todayʼs point of view, these racing cars have already been immortalised by the designation “Silver Arrow”, which a radio reporter coined for the streamlined Mercedes-Benz SSKL at the Avus race in 1932.



At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the SSKL, built by Mercedes-Benz Classic to a high standard of historical authenticity, celebrates its world premiere and is, as a result, a highlight of this high-ranking international event of sporting mobility culture.

Mercedes-Benz Classic at Goodwood, with a total of 13 vehicles and other exhibits, all motorsport jewels from its own vehicle collection, commemorates the highlights of competitive motorcar racing since 1894. Mercedes-Benz brand ambassadors and racing drivers Ellen Lohr, Jochen Mass, Bernd Mayländer and Karl Wendlinger will also be present as drivers and contacts at the Festival of Speed.

Mercedes-AMG is responsible for contributing many additional high-performance features. This performance and sports car brand has motorsports in its genes – and corresponding motorcars on offer. In Goodwood, there is to be a world premiere: the latest compact sports car from Affalterbach is to be unveiled for the first time. The GT R Roadster (combined cycle fuel consumption 12.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 284 g/km*) will be in action on the hillclimb course at Goodwood House, together with the most hardcore member of the GT family, the GT R Pro (combined cycle fuel consumption: 12.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 284 g/km*).

Faithfully reconstructed according to the original plans

The SSKL project was implemented with a tight schedule: after much research and preliminary planning, actual work on the vehicle began in January 2019. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2019, the Avus racing car will be on show as a static exhibit. Over the course of 2019, Mercedes-Benz Classic will prepare the SSKL for on-the-track driving action.

These are the most crucial points of the reconstruction:

·         Drilled SSKL lightening holes in the chassis in line with the original drawings helped to make the SSK, which was used as the base model, 125 kg lighter.

·         Complete reconstruction of the streamlined bodywork according to historical documents. For this purpose, the experts researched the archives of Mercedes-Benz Classic and those at Schloss Fachsenfeld, which the engineer and inventor Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld transferred to a foundation in 1982.

Special presentation at the “Driverʼs Club”

At the festival grounds in the Goodwood House park, which was built in the 18th century as the official residence of the Dukes of Richmond, Mercedes-Benz will be providing two focal points. In the “Driverʼs Club”, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, five outstanding exhibits representing the unique history of motorsports from 1894 to the present day will be on show.

·         Daimler two-cylinder V-engine. At the special presentation on “125 Years of Motorsports”, this engine serves to remind us of the winning vehicles and their reliable Daimler engines that dominated the worldʼs first competitive motorcar competition from Paris to Rouen in July 1894.

·         Benz 200 hp “Blitzen Benz” record-setting car. This car recalls the breathtaking speed records of over 200 km/h in the years before the First World War and sums up the motto of the Festival of Speed 2019: “Speed Kings – Motorsportʼs Record Breakers.”

·         Mercedes-Benz 750 kg W 125 racing car and Mercedes-Benz Formula One W 196 R racing car with a streamlined body. These racing cars embody the championships won by the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in the two classic epochs in the 1930s and 1950s.

·         Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ Formula One racing car. This racing car represents the fifth consecutive double Formula One World Championship won by the “Silver Arrows” with both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in 2018.

An outdoor lounge area with a stand manned by Mercedes-AMG Formula One partner Seedlip enriches the special exhibition at this particularly prominent and popular point on the festival grounds.

Racing legends on the hillclimb course

There will be eight further highlights from Mercedes-Benz Classic in the companyʼs own paddock. Four of these racing legends can also be experienced in action on the Goodwood hillclimb course:

·         Mercedes-Benz 1.5-litre W 165 racing car: Built specifically for the Tripoli Grand Prix in 1939. Mercedes-Benz outclassed the competition with a double victory despite a change in the rules at short notice.

·         Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S): This is a contemporary car from the 1955 season, in which the racing sports car brought home the overall win in the Mille Miglia and clocked the fastest time ever.

·         Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II DTM touring car (W 201): The “EVO II” is a tangible reminder of the heyday of Mercedes-Benzʼs compact class in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM).

·         Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM (C 205): This car stands for the triple victories achieved by Mercedes-Benz in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM) 2018 with the Driversʼ, Manufacturersʼ and Team championships (Gary Paffett, Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA).

In addition to the Avus racing car as the highlight of the permanent presentation in the paddock, Mercedes-Benz Classic will be showing three other exhibits there:

·         Daimler V2 engine: A second example of the Daimler two-cylinder engine will also be on display in the paddock at the special presentation on “125 Years of Motorsports”, representing the origins of motorsports and the beginning of an incomparable success story.

·         Mercedes-Benz 750 kg W 25 racing car: This car was considered to be the first Silver Arrow. The car at the Festival of Speed is reminiscent of the victory in the first race at the Nürburgring in 1934, which was followed by numerous other racing successes and championship titles.

·         Sauber Mercedes C 9: For Mercedes-Benz, the return to the circuit began with Group C. By the end of the season, the C 9 clinched eight victories, including four by Mass/Schlesser and a one-two win at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Jean-Louis Schlesser won the World Sportscar Championship, followed by Jochen Mass.

Four days of mobile high sports culture

Mercedes-Benz is a regular guest at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, South-East England. This year the festival will begin at the Duke of Richmond country estate in England, affectionately referred to as “the worldʼs largest motorised garden party”, on Thursday, 4 July 2019. In addition to the vehicle exhibition in the paddocks, the FoS Future Lab, the Forest Rally Stage and the enlarged Action Sports Zone will start on the same day. On Friday, 5 July 2019, the first Formula One cars will tackle the hillclimb course and the new arena will open with stunts and breathtaking demonstrations.

Saturday, 6 July 2019, offers the full programme in all the attraction areas and guarantees the presence of numerous racing drivers and racing cars from all over the world. At the Shootout Sunday, on Sunday, 7 July 2019, the programme includes the final of the record runs on the hillclimb course – the record set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 has remained unbroken since 1999.

Goodwood, which has also played host to the Goodwood Revival since 1998 on the nearby Goodwood Circuit race track, has for many decades been imbued with the spirit of automotive sportiness: the hillclimb course, which has been at the centre of the Festival of Speed since 1993, has its roots in the 1930s, when Frederick Gordon-Lennox, the 9th Duke of Richmond and called “Freddie” by his racing enthusiast friends, staged a hillclimb event for the Lancia Car Club for the first time. His grandson, Charles Gordon-Lennox, today the 11th Duke of Richmond, continued this tradition with the founding of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1993.

The brand ambassadors for Mercedes-Benz Classic at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Ellen Lohr
Born 12 April 1965 in Mönchengladbach, Germany

Ellen Lohr came to motorsport from karting, in which she was active from 1979 to 1983. Her greatest successes were participating in the Junior Kart World Championship and claiming a first-place title in the North-West German Kart Championship. After competing in the German Formula Ford 1600 series (German Champion in 1987) and initial races in the DTM (BMW) and the German Formula 3 Championship with Volkswagen in 1989/90, she was signed up by the AMG-Mercedes team for the German Touring Car Championship. Ellen Lohr was the first and – to this day – only woman to clinch a DTM victory: on 24 May 1992, she was victorious at the racing festival in Hockenheim at the wheel of an AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II. For the 1995 season, she moved to the Mercedes-Zakspeed team, and in 1996 drove for the AMG-Mercedes Persson MS team. In 1997, she competed in the European Truck Racing Championship at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz racing truck. From then on, Ellen Lohr continued to be actively involved in numerous other racing series, including the Paris–Dakar Rally (as of 2005) and once again in truck racing (as of 2012). In 2019, Ellen Lohr will compete in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series.

 

Jochen Mass
Born on 30 September 1946 in Dorfen near Erding

Jochen Mass, originally a trained seaman, began his diverse career in motor sport in 1968 in touring car races for Alfa Romeo and as a works driver for Ford from 1970 to 1975. During this period he won the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 1972. At the same time, he also took part in Formula 2 racing (1973) and competed in 105 Formula One Grands Prix (1973/74 with Surtees; 1975 to 1977 with McLaren; 1978 with ATS; 1979/80 with Arrows; 1982 with March). In 1984, Mass drove a Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC (C 107) in the Paris–Dakar Rally. After winning the German Sports Car Championship in 1985 and a stint as a works driver with Porsche until 1987, he joined the Sauber Mercedes team as a works driver in 1988. He competed in Group C for the same team until 1991. In the new Silver Arrow, the Sauber Mercedes C 9, Jochen Mass triumphed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1989 on the same team as Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens, going on to finish runner-up in the World Championship in the same year. Three years later, Mass joined the team management of the DTM. Sir Stirling Moss once described him as a “soul mate” and as “a driver with an enormous feeling for racing cars and a great deal of expertise who is familiar with the racing history of every era”. It is therefore not by chance that Jochen Mass can nowadays be seen at the wheel for Mercedes-Benz at historical events. From the W 125 Silver Arrow to the Mercedes-Benz SSK – Jochen Mass has known and driven them all.

 

Bernd Mayländer
Born 29 May 1971 in Waiblingen, Germany

Bernd Mayländer makes regular appearances in Formula One at the front of the field. After all, the racing driver born in Waiblingen in 1971 has been the official driver of the Mercedes-AMG Formula One safety car since 2000 – currently, a Mercedes-AMG GT R (combined fuel consumption: 12.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 284 g/km*). Mayländer began racing in 1990, first taking part in the Porsche Club Sport, Porsche Carrera Cup (overall victory in 1994) and Porsche Super Cup, as well as in endurance races. Driving for the Persson Motorsport team, starting in 1995, he initially participated in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and the International Touring Car Championship (ITC). From 1997, he drove a Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR in the FIA GT Championship. In 1997, Mayländer won the race in Spielberg together with Klaus Ludwig and Bernd Schneider. In 2000, he took the winning title in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring behind the wheel of a Porsche 996 GT3. Bernd Mayländer contested his final DTM season in 2004 as a member of the Rosberg team driving a Mercedes-Benz C-Class DTM.

 

Karl Wendlinger
Born on 20 December 1968 in Kufstein, Austria

Karl Wendlingerʼs motorsport career began in karting at the age of 14. In 1989, he won the German Formula 3 Championship. In 1990 to 1991, the Austrian was a member of the Mercedes Junior Team, along with Michael Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and competed in the World Sportscar Championship. In 1991 he graduated to Formula One. From 1994 Wendlinger drove for the Sauber Mercedes team together with Heinz-Harald Frentzen. This was followed by periods in DTM, Formula 3000 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His main successes on the track included winning the FIA GT Championship (1999), finishing first in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTS class (in the same year), overall victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 and second place in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring (2003). From 2004 to 2011, Karl Wendlinger competed for various teams in the FIA GT Championship. With Jetalliance Racing, he finished runner-up in 2007. Since 2012, Karl Wendlinger has been a Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador and instructor at the AMG Driving Academy.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic cars and exhibits at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Daimler two-cylinder V-engine (1894)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: “125 Years of Motorsports” presentation

The V-twin engine Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach developed in 1888 formed the drivetrain of the “Daimler Motor-Quadricycle”, also known as the “Stahlradwagen” (steel-wheeled car), a vehicle showcased at the Paris Exhibition in 1889. In 1894, this engine also formed the basis for the origins of motorsports: at the Paris-Rouen race, the worldʼs first motorcar competition in July 1894, vehicles by Peugeot and Panhard & Levassor won first prize – and they repeated their success in June 1895 at the first “real” race from Paris to Bordeaux and back to Paris, which included speed ratings. The winning cars featured the V-twin engine designed by Daimler and Maybach, which was manufactured by Panhard & Levassor under licence. The engine installed in the Daimler “steel-wheeled car” originally had an output of 1.1 kW (1.5 hp) and an engine size of 565 cc. Later variants, such as those used in the first races, delivered up to 2.75 kW (3.75 hp) from engines up to 1,646 cc.

Technical specifications of the Daimler two-cylinder V-engine
Period of use: 1889 to 1896
Cylinders: 2/arranged in V formation
Displacement: Up to 1,646 cc
Output: Up to 2.75 kW (3.75 hp)

 

Benz 200 hp record-setting Blitzen Benz (1909)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: “125 Years of Motorsports” presentation

The legendary Blitzen Benz was developed in 1909 as an evolved version of the successful 1908 Benz Grand Prix racing car and featured an engine with even more engine capacity. This mighty 21.5 litre four-cylinder engine generated 147 kW (200 hp) at 1,600 rpm. Its performance corresponded to its specifications. Victor Hémery completed the kilometre-long course in Brooklands on 8 November 1909 at an average speed of 202.7 km/h from a flying start, meaning that the 200-km/h benchmark had been smashed in Europe for the very first time. In 1910, one of a total of six Benz 200 hp models produced was shipped to the US where it broke further records. In March 1910, Barney Oldfield broke the top speed record on sandy Daytona Beach with a record speed of 211.4 km/h. Around a year later, Bob Burman broke this record with a whopping 228.1 km/h. Consequently, the Benz record vehicle was not only the fastest vehicle on land, but it was also faster than any contemporary aircraft. The vehicle gained worldwide fame as the “Lightning Benz” or “Blitzen Benz”, a name coined in the US.

Technical data of the Benz 200 hp Blitzen Benz
Period of use: 1909 to 1922
Cylinders: 4/in-line
Displacement: 21,504 cc
Output: 147 kW (200 hp)
Top speed: 228 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz SSKL Avus racing car (W 06, 1932)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Mercedes-Benz pavilion

The SSKL, of which only a few were built in 1931, was a pure competition vehicle and signalled the crowning end of the development of the Mercedes-Benz S series (W 06) with types S, SS and SSK. Aerodynamics specialist Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld designed a streamlined body for the SSKL to be driven by racing driver Manfred von Brauchitsch. The body was made of light alloy metal by Vetter in Cannstatt and mounted on von Brauchitschʼs car. At the Avus race in May 1932, the modification had an overwhelming effect: the streamlined Avus racing car had 25 per cent less drag than a standard SSKL, giving it an increased top speed that was 20 km/h higher than usual. Manfred von Brauchitsch won the race in the futuristic looking car ahead of the previous yearʼs winner, Rudolf Caracciola. Mercedes-Benz Classic will present an authentic reconstruction of the car, the original of which no longer exists, to the public for the first time in June 2019 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-Benz SSKL Avus racing car
Period of use: 1932
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 7,065 cc
Output: 177 kW (240 hp), with supercharger 221 kW (300 hp)
Top speed: 235 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz 750 kg W 25 racing car (1934)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Mercedes-Benz pavilion

The W 25 was the first Mercedes-Benz racing car for the new Grand Prix format launched in 1934, which stipulated a maximum weight of 750 kilograms. Designers in Stuttgart opted for a traditional vehicle structure with the front-installed engine transferring its power to the rear wheels via a transmission on the rear axle. The eight-cylinder, in-line engine initially featured a displacement of 3.4 litres and was equipped with a tried-and-tested supercharger. Legend has it that, overnight, before the first race, mechanics sanded off the white paint in order to meet the required weight limit – thanks to its silvery aluminium skin the car was given its nickname Silver Arrow. With Manfred von Brauchitsch at the wheel, the car was victorious on its very first trip, thereby establishing the unique success story of the Silver Arrows. The W 25 was used from 1934 until 1936, during which time it underwent continuous further development. In 1935, Rudolf Caracciola won the European Championship in this car.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 750-kilogram racing car W 25
Period of use: 1934 to 1936
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 3,360 to 4,740 cc
Output: 260 kW (354 hp) to 363 kW (494 hp)
Top speed: Approx. 300 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz 750 kg W 125 racing car (1937)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: “125 Years of Motorsports” presentation

When it became clear in the 1936 season that, despite two Grand Prix victories, the W 25 was no longer competitive, a dedicated Technical Director was appointed to the racing department – engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut. He was also a talented and very fast driver. Having thoroughly tested the W 25 under racing conditions, Uhlenhaut chose a revolutionary chassis design with a rigid frame, soft suspension and strong damping for the successor, the W 125. The eight-cylinder, in-line engine was also meticulously improved and, after having been equipped with a supercharger and increasing its engine capacity to 5.7 litres, the unit developed an output of up to 435 kW (592 hp). It took until the 1980s before the same level of engine output was once again generated by a Grand Prix racing car. With Hermann Lang at the wheel, the new Silver Arrow was triumphant in its very first race, the Grand Prix of Tripoli (Libya) and went on to dominate the rest of the 1937 racing season. At the end of the season, Rudolf Caracciola won his second European Grand Prix championship.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 750-kilogram W 125 racing car
Period of use: 1937
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 5,663 cc
Output: Up to 435 kW (592 hp)
Top speed: 320 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz 1.5 litre W 165 racing car (1939)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Hillclimb course and Mercedes-Benz pavilion

Mercedes-Benz developed the W 165 for one single race – the 1939 Tripoli Grand Prix in Libya. Italian event organisers exclusively advertised this race for voiturette formula vehicles with a 1.5-litre engine. This was aimed at bringing to an end the series of victories by German competitors as neither Mercedes-Benz (Tripoli winner in 1935, 1937 and 1938) nor Auto Union (winner in 1936) provided a racing car for this category. However, the racing department in Stuttgart accepted the challenge and built an all-new 1.5-litre formula within less than eight months. Two W 165s took up the gauntlet on 7 May 1939 despite being vastly outnumbered by the competition consisting of 28 red Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. They went on to secure a triumphant one-two win: Hermann Lang won the spectacular desert race for the third time; Rudolf Caracciola finished second. The fastest Italian car crossed the finish line a good 4 minutes after the Silver Arrows.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 1.5-litre racing car W 165
Period of use: 1939
Cylinders: V8
Displacement: 1,493 cc
Max. output: 187 kW (254 hp)
Top speed: 272 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz Formula One W 196 R racing car (1955)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: “125 Years of Motorsports” presentation

The W 196 R marked Mercedes-Benzʼs return to Grand Prix racing in 1954 following a 15-year break. The new Silver Arrowʼs design complied with a new rule that had just come into force, which stipulated a maximum engine size of 2.5 litres. Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling landed a one-two victory at its very first race on 4 July 1954 in Rheims. Designed for fast race tracks, the futuristic looking vehicle featured a streamlined body – the same as the body on show. Following three more victories, Fangio finished the season as Formula One World Champion. However, in most of the Formula One races in 1954 and 1955, it was not the streamlined version, but rather the version with open wheels that was used. This version was more suitable for winding tracks, as the driver always had the front wheels in view. Fangio won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza in September 1955 with the more powerful version of the streamlined vehicle to claim the World Championship once again at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car W 196 R
Period of use: 1954 to 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2,497 cc
Output: 188 kW (256 hp) to 213 kW (290 hp)
Top speed: Up to 300 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S, 1955)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Hillclimb course and Mercedes-Benz pavilion

Mercedes-Benz developed the 300 SLR (W 196 S) for the 1955 World Sportscar Championship. It was based on the successful W 196 R Formula One racing car. The main difference besides the body was the engine: the racing car did not have to comply with the Formula One displacement limit and was powered by a three-litre version of the eight-cylinder, in-line engine, which ran on regular premium-grade petrol rather than special racing fuel. Its high performance potential and unrivalled durability as well as reliability made the 300 SLR far superior to its competitors in 1955. This was impressively demonstrated by one-two finishes in the Mille Miglia, the Eifel Race, the Swedish Grand Prix and the Targa Florio (Sicily), a one-two-three finish in the Tourist Trophy in Ireland and, last but not least, victory in the World Sportscar Championship. The vehicle on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the first of a total of nine to be equipped with the unusual air brake.

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S)
Period of use: 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2,982 cc
Output: 222 kW (302 hp)
Top speed: More than 300 km/h

 

Sauber Mercedes C 9 Group C racing sports car (1989)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Mercedes-Benz pavilion

The late 1980s were marked by Mercedes-Benzʼs return to the race track: Group C racing cars were the first to bear the star. Sauber Mercedes C 9 vehicles had been featuring black or dark blue livery since 1987, but in 1989 they were also updated visually: from then on they were painted in silver to clearly identify them as Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. In 1989 alone, the new racing cars came out top in eight of their nine races. Victories included wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 10 and 11 June 1989: Mercedes-Benz drivers Jochen Mass/Manuel Reuter/Stanley Dickens and Mauro Baldi/Kenny Acheson/Gianfranco Brancatelli raced to a one-two finish in the two C 9 Silver Arrows – 37 years after the outstanding success with the first Silver Arrows, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL racing car (W 194), achieved after the Second World War. At the end of the season, Jean-Louis Schlesser won the World Sportscar Championship in the C 9.

Technical specifications of the Sauber Mercedes Group C C 9 racing sports car
Period of use: 1989 to 1990
Cylinders: V8
Displacement: 4,973 cc
Output: 530 kW (720 hp)
Top speed: 400 km/h

 

Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II DTM touring car (W 201, 1992)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Hillclimb course and Mercedes-Benz pavilion

The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution was created in 1989 to participate in the German Touring Car Championship. The most important modification compared to the previous year’s model, the 190 E 2.3-16, was the new engine: the 2.5-litre, sixteen-valve unit delivered up to 250 kW (340 hp). Comprehensive modifications were necessary to meet the maximum weight of 1,040 kilograms as specified in the regulations. Kevlar was used for numerous body parts, such as the bonnet, boot lid and spoiler. In May 1989, the new racing touring car won its first-ever race with Roland Asch at the wheel. In as early as August 1989, work began on the second development stage, “Evolution II”, at the Mercedes-Benz “sport technik (st)” in-house department. The resulting racing touring car, now with 274 kW (373 hp), won its very first race in August 1990 with Kurt Thiim at the wheel. In the 1992 season, Klaus Ludwig raced the “EVO II” to the Driversʼ title of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM).

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (series production version)
Period of use: 1990 to 1993
Cylinders: 4/in-line
Displacement: 2,463 cc
Output: 173 kW (235 hp)
Top speed: Approx. 250 km/h

 

McLaren Mercedes MP4/13 Formula One racing car (1998)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Mercedes-Benz pavilion

With the MP4/13, McLaren-Mercedes won the double championship title in the fourth year of the collaboration: Mika Häkkinen won the Driversʼ Championship in the 1998 Formula One season and the McLaren-Mercedes team took the Constructorsʼ Championship. The World Championship car, the MP4/13, had been significantly modified in many details compared to the previous yearʼs model, the MP4/12. This also came as a consequence of the changes in regulations for the 1998 season. For example, the track width and overall width were reduced by 20 centimetres, whilst the longer wheelbase called for extensive modifications to the aerodynamics. The wider cockpit demanded by the rules was moved further back for optimised weight distribution. A characteristic feature of the MP4/13, driven by a 3-litre V10 engine, was the much lower nose, which ended just above the front wing. In the following year, Mika Häkkinen secured his second title in the evolved McLaren-Mercedes MP4/14 to once again be crowned Formula One World Champion.

Technical data of the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula One racing car
Period of use: 1998
Cylinders: V10
Displacement: 2,998 cc
Power: 574 kW (780 hp)
Top speed: 352 km/h

 

Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ Formula One racing car (2018)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: “125 Years of Motorsports” presentation

The F1 W09 EQ Power+ was improved in all areas compared to its predecessor. The result was the fastest Formula One racing car to date with the three-pointed star. The most important changes were the introduction of the Halo cockpit protection system and the removal of the aerodynamic elements known as the “monkey seat” and the high-up T-wings. The W09 led the team to an impressive fifth consecutive double championship win – equalling Ferrariʼs existing record. While in 2018 the team faced tougher competition from its strongest rivals, the W09 proved to be the front runner in the field at the end of the season. Lewis Hamilton picked up his fifth Driversʼ World Championship (Mexico Grand Prix), and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team again secured the Constructorsʼ World Championship (Brazil Grand Prix). Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas together collected no fewer than 655 points. The Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power+ completed a total of 7,791 laps in 2018, covering 38,854 kilometres including 128,631 corners and 381,586 gear changes. At the wheel of this car with chassis number 05, Hamilton took home both Championship titles. He used the W09/05 from the Belgian Grand Prix through to the end of the season, scoring six wins, six pole positions and eight podium finishes. The chassis has been preserved in the condition in which it crossed the finishing line as the race winner in Abu Dhabi.

Race data Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ Formula One racing car
Period of use: 2018
Formula One Constructorsʼ Championship: World Champion
Formula One Driversʼ Championship: Lewis Hamilton – World Champion
Formula One Driversʼ Championship: Valtteri Bottas – 5th place
Wins: 11
Double wins: 4
Pole positions: 13
Podium finishes: 25

 

Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM (C 205, 2018)
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: Hillclimb course and Mercedes-Benz pavilion

When the decision was taken at the end of 2015 to develop the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, the engineers faced a number of complex challenges. New regulations specified numerous standardised parts on chassis, suspension and aerodynamics. Only a year later, new aerodynamic modifications and additional changes to the regulations had to be incorporated for the 2018 season. A reduction in permitted aerodynamic attachments meant the vehicleʼs downforce was cut by around a third compared to the previous year. Component standardisation meant all the teams were more balanced, which promised exciting, close races. British driver Gary Paffett, 2005 DTM champion, handled the new racing car and regulations best to secure his second DTM title at the end of a very exciting season. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport also claimed the team and brand title to bring 30 years of DTM commitment to an end with a spectacular triple victory.

Technical specifications of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM (C 205)
Period of use: 2016 to 2018
Cylinders: V8
Displacement: 4,000 cc
Output: 360 kW (500 hp)
Top speed: 280 km/h



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