Motorsport meeting to mark the 90th birthday of the racetrack: Legends bearing the star at the Nürburgring Classic

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June 2017
Stuttgart

From 16 to 18 June 2017, Mercedes-Benz Classic is bringing more than one dozen sporty automobiles and racing cars, as well as well-known brand ambassadors, to Nürburgring. This is where the 90th birthday of this tradition-laden race circuit is the Eifel region will be marked by the Nürburgring Classic motorsport meeting. Over the decades, the Stuttgart-based brand has been closely associated with Nürburgring through numerous motor racing highlights. The brand's extensive presence therefore creates a link from the early days with the supercharged racing touring cars of the late 1920s to the recent successes in the DTM series: the paddock features a stand along industrial design lines containing vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection, while Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has a VIP lounge on the roof of the pit lane and all owners of a Mercedes-Benz car key have free access to the "Keyholders Club" with an excellent view of the starting/finishing straight.

Stuttgart. The "Green Hell" is celebrating its 90th birthday – and Mercedes-Benz Classic is joining in at the Nürburgring Classic motorsport meeting. This event from 16 to 18 June 2017 covering the entire spectrum of sporting automotive classics will be held for the first time in this form and under this name. The Stuttgart-based brand will have a strong presence, and invites guests to its generously sized stand with industrial design lines in the drivers' paddock. This is where the Model S and Model SS supercharged touring cars (both W 06) can be admired. In their racing versions, these Mercedes-Benz super-sports cars known as the "White Elephants" achieved numerous racing victories in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The great racing victories of the early post-war years are commemorated by the W 196 R Formula 1 car, which can also be seen here. And the brand's continuing, strong commitment to motorsport is documented by a number of DTM cars from more recent times: the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II racing touring car (W 201, 1990) and the racing touring cars of the 1994, 2005, 2008 and 2014 seasons, all based on the respective generations of the C-Class.

The presentation is rounded off by the ALL TIME STARS, the vehicle trading arm of Mercedes-Benz Classic since 2015. The range extends from pre-war to recent classics. Models from the 1960s and 1980s are particularly popular with customers. ALL TIME STARS ensures maximum transparency by thoroughly examining every vehicle offered according to 160 criteria, plus a Classic Data expert report. The ALL TIME STARS are technically at least in condition 2, and are categorised into several editions:

ALL TIME STARS is expected to display the following cars at the 2017 Nürburgring Classic:

  • Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W 198, 1960)
  • Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (R 107, 1987)
  • Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201, 1990)
  • Mercedes-Benz 320 CE (C 124, 1993)

In addition to the presentation on the stand, Mercedes-Benz Classic is also bringing the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) works racing car to Nürburgring. DTM legend and Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Roland Asch will drive this car in the German Touring Car Classics – in the design of the same model which he drove in the 1991 DTM. The brand ambassador is even bringing the authentic racing overalls for that season to Nürburgring.

Mercedes-Benz Classic built this works racing car as a true replica in 2013, to take part in historical motorsport events. Since then the "EVO II" has been thrilling fans in various race series. Alongside Roland Asch, the racing drivers and brand ambassadors Maximilian Götz, Ellen Lohr, Klaus Ludwig and Jochen Mass will be active at the 2017 Nürburgring Classic.

The extensive presence of the brand also includes the newly designed Mercedes-AMG Motorsport VIP Lounge on the roof of the pit lane, as well as the "Keyholders Club". Like the Nürburgring itself, Mercedes-AMG, the sporting and performance brand within Mercedes-Benz, is celebrating a major birthday - its 50th: In 1967 AMG was founded as an independent engineering company by Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, with the aim of optimising the series production models of Mercedes-Benz for sporty performance.

50 years after the beginnings as a four-man operation, a global brand has been created which carries the sporting genes of Mercedes-Benz into the future. Mercedes-AMG, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, stands for exclusive high-performance cars covering a wide range of Mercedes-Benz model series and the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car family developed in-house (combined fuel consumption: 11.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km), as well as for numerous racing successes in Formula 1, the DTM and customer motorsport.

The Keyholders Club at the Nürburgring Classic is another Mercedes-Benz hospitality area. All visitors possessing a Mercedes-Benz car key have access to this. The Club's location gives them an outstanding view of the circuit's starting/finishing straight.

Nine decades of shared successes

For Mercedes-Benz, the celebrations marking the 90th birthday of the racetrack, with more than one dozen race series over three days, is also a celebration of 90 years of shared successes. Because over the last 90 years, the brand and Nürburgring have been associated with numerous highlights together. This sporting heritage of course also includes the victory by Mercedes-Benz in the opening race at Nürburgring on 19 June 1927. This was when Rudolf Caracciola took first place with the fastest time in any class, followed by his teammate Adolf Rosenberger. Both were driving a Mercedes-Benz Model S (S für "Sport"), the racing touring car developed from the Model K with a supercharged engine. The press release issued by the then Daimler-Benz AG reads as follows: "Mr Caracciola driving the S-model achieved a better time than the racing car category, and was able to secure the absolutely best time of the day with an average speed of 96.5 km/h over a distance of 359.6 km. Given the difficulty of the new Nürburgring circuit, this is an outstanding performance and shows that our new sports model meets the expectations in terms of both power and reliability." A few weeks later this view was confirmed in the 1927 German Grand Prix at Nürburgring, in which the Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Otto Merz, Christian Werner and Willy Walb won a triple victory driving the Mercedes-Benz Model S.

Another legend was born at Nürburgring on 3 June 1934: this was the first time the new Mercedes-Benz W 25 Grand Prix racing car appeared in the International Eifel Race with a smooth aluminium body. It was the very first "Silver Arrow", and Manfred von Brauchitsch drove it to victory in a new record time. This was the first in a whole series of outstanding victories which the Silver Arrows achieved at Nürburgring in the 1930s: among them were the double victory by Caracciola and von Brauchitsch driving the W 125 in 1937, and the victories by Dick Seaman and Hermann Lang driving the W 154 in the following two years.

Nüürburgring also had an important role to play after the Second World War, when Mercedes-Benz returned to motor racing: in August 1952 the Stuttgart-based racing team achieved a quadruple victory led by Hermann Lang with the roadster version of the 300 SL racing sports car (W 194). Two years later, on 1 August 1954, Juan Manuel Fangio easily won the European Grand Prix at Nürburgring driving the newly developed Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula 1 racing car with free-standing wheels on its very first track appearance. On 29 May 1955, Fangio added another Nürburgring victory to his tally when he won the International Eifel Race at Nürburgring with the 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S), ahead of his team colleague Stirling Moss.

Mercedes-Benz set out to continue this unique sporting history with the opening race at the new Nürburgring: On 12 May 1984, 20 international racing drivers who had won victories at Nürbergring in the last 25 years took to the starting line for a race with the same number of identical Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 cars. Ayrton Senna was the winner of this contest between sports saloons in the W 201 series.

Since then, the brand has achieved numerous triumphs on this race circuit opened in 1927: these include the Group C sports car races, DTM touring car races and wins in customer motorsport. In the last of these categories, on 29 May 2016, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 racing car thrilled spectators at the 24-hour race at Nürburgring with three placements and a total of five cars among the best six contenders.

Motorsport festival

The programme for the 2017 Nürburgring Classic, which is the opening event in the official birthday celebrations for Nürburgring, is as varied as the relationship between the brand and the race circuit itself. The racing events begin on Friday (16 June 2017) at 8:30 a.m. Uhr, and at 8.00 a.m. on the Saturday and Sunday (17 and 18 June 2017). The races held at the Nürburgring Classic event include the 2017 ADAC Eifel Race, a race in the German Touring Car Classics and other exciting contests.

Entry for adults costs between € 14 (Friday) and € 55 (three-day ticket). Children up to age 10 are admitted free, while adolescents up to age 17 pay € 3 for a day ticket.

 

Nürburgring Classic 2017: Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Model S (W 06, 1927)

The Mercedes-Benz Model S dating from 1927 is the first in a series of supercharged sports cars which were nicknamed "White Elephants" and dominated motorsport in the late 1920s, achieving world fame. The "S" stands for Sport, which says it all: Their first racing appearance, the opening race at Nürburgring on 19 June 1927, ended with a triple victory for Mercedes-Benz. The winner was Rudolf Caracciola who went on to become the most successful racing driver of the pre-war period. That year Caracciola won eleven overall victories and class wins. Other triumphs for the brand included the triple victory at the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring on 17 July 1927, when Otto Merz, Christian Werner and Willy Walb all dominated the race in the Mercedes-Benz Model S. Although the racing version of the model S was reserved for works drivers, it was also available as an exclusive road-going sports car which numerous private drivers successfully drove in competition. A total of 146 were built through to 1928. Two models based on the Model S (for "Sport) emerged in 1928 – the SS (for "Super Sport") and the SSK, with SSK standing for "Super Sport Kurz" ("Kurz" meaning "short").

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz Model S
Production period: 1927 to 1928
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 6789 cc
Output: 88 kW (120 hp), with compressor 132 kW (180 hp) at 3000 rpm
Top speed: 170 km/h

Mercedes-Benz SS (W 06, 1930)

Despite its powerful engine, the Mercedes-Benz SS ("Super-Sport") was conceived as a "grand tourer". From its 7.1-litre displacement, the vehicle's six-cylinder in-line engine produced up to 125 kW (170 hp) without a supercharger and up to 166 kW (225 hp) with a supercharger. The SS, in the guise of a 184 kW (250 hp) racer, had its baptism of fire in June 1928, winning the Bühler Höhe hill climb. Numerous other racing victories were to follow. A total of 111 units of the Mercedes-Benz SS were manufactured between 1928 and 1933.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz SS (standard-production version)
Production period: 1928-1933
Cylinders: 6/inline
Displacement: 7065 cc
Output: 125 kW (170 hp), with supercharger 165 kW (225 hp)
Top speed: 190 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 2.5-litre racing car (W 196 R) with free-standing wheels, 1955

In most of the Formula 1 races of 1954 and 1955, it was not the streamlined version but rather the classic monoposto with free-standing wheels that was used. This was very much more suitable for racetracks with numerous bends, as it better allowed the driver to find the best line when cornering. Like the streamlined version, the classic version immediately won its first race, the European Grand Prix at Nürburgring. The winner was Juan Manuel Fangio, who had already won the first race in Reims but learned to his cost, with a 4th place in the British Grand Prix, that the streamlined car was only of limited suitability on tracks with numerous bends. The W 196 R was reengineered for its second season: a straight intake manifold made an increase in output to 213 kW (290 hp) possible, and the resulting bulge on the left side of the bonnet is the external distinguishing feature of the 1955 version. In addition Mercedes-Benz used the W 196 R with different wheelbases, and the configuration of the drum brakes was also varied. The result was a superior racing car that also dominated the 1955 season, and helped Juan Manuel Fangio to gain his second world championship title driving a Mercedes-Benz.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula 1 racing car
Period of use: 1954 to 1955
Cylinders: 8/in-line
Displacement: 2497 cc
Output: 188 kW (256 hp) to 213 kW (290 hp)
Top speed: up to 300 km/h

 

Nürburgring Classic 2017: the ALL TIME STARS cars

The vehicles put on show by ALL TIME STARS during the Nürburgring Classic are subject to change at short notice.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W 198, 1960)

The 300 SL Roadster premiered at the Geneva Motor Show between 14 and 24 March 1957. It replaced the successful 300 SL "Gullwing" Coupé, which had been in production since 1954. In the North American market especially, customers had pressed for a convertible version of the 300 SL. From a technical point of view, numerous details on the Roadster differ from the Coupé. In particular, the engineers needed to modify the tubular spaceframe of the 300 SL Gullwing. It was reconstructed at the sides of the body so that there was room to install conventional doors whilst retaining the body's torsional stiffness. Changes were also made at the rear of the frame. This created space to install the single-joint swing axle with compensating springs, as well as for a practical boot. Lastly, in the tradition of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc, the Roadster was intended to fulfil the role of a sporty touring car much more effectively than the Coupé. From 1961 the W 198 was also given Dunlop disc brakes. Apart from the omitted roof, various details of the Roadster's design also differ from that of the Coupé: The open-top sports car had vertical headlamp units. These contained the headlamps, fog lamps and indicators under the same lens. In the years to come, this element would shape the appearance of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. A total of 1858 examples of the 300 SL Roadster were built through to 1963.

The silver 300 SL Roadster with a red interior being presented at Nürburgring Classic by ALL TIME STARS dates from 1960. It has been subjected to a thorough partial restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic in Fellbach with the help of original replacement parts.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W 198)
Production period: 1957 to 1963
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 2996 cc
Output: 158 kW (215 hp) at 5800 rpm
Top speed: up to 250 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (W 107, 1987)

The R 107 SL model series hit the roads in spring 1971. Apart from elegance and quality, these cars exuded safety, as the crash behaviour of the open two-seater was well ahead of its time. In technical terms, for example, there is a carefully defined crumple zone on the body and bodyshell structure, a highly stable A-pillar and interior equipment that has been systematically designed in accordance with safety criteria. During a production period spanning 18 years, which was not planned but ultimately proved very successful, this SL featured a whole range of six and eight-cylinder engines. The model designations are equally diverse. Production of model series R 107 ended in August 1989, after more than 18 years. As such this SL model series set an internal company record which is unlikely to be surpassed: With the exception of the G-Class off-road vehicles, there has never in the entire history of the brand been another passenger car series which has been in production over such a long time period. In total 237,287 convertible vehicles were produced in Sindelfingen, a figure which impressively demonstrates the popularity of the R 107 model series. 62,888 examples of the Coupé (C 107) were produced in parallel between 1971 and 1981.

The example from the Collectors Edition presented by ALL TIME STARS at the Nürburgring Classic impresses with the classic combination of silver paintwork and a blue interior in artificial leather. This Roadster with a sporty five-speed transmission will be extensively serviced and TÜV-inspected before delivery. A Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Warranty is also available on request.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (R 107)
Production period: 1985 to 1989
Cylinders: 6/inline
Displacement: 2962 cc
Output: 138 kW (188 hp) at 5700 rpm
Top speed: 203 km/h

Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201, 1990)

In 1982 Mercedes-Benz introduced the Model 190. The Saloon (W 201 series) was the first model in a series known in-house as the "compact class" positioned below the E, S and SL-Class. Designed by Bruno Sacco, the new model carried Mercedes-Benz values over into the medium class. With a host of technical innovations to boot: the W 201 was given a multi-link independent rear suspension, was of weight-saving construction using high-strength steel, featured an aerodynamically exemplary bodyshell and scored with a high level of passive safety. The flagship model introduced in 1983 was the 190 E 2.3-16, which already differed externally from its less sporty siblings by having e.g. a flat rear spoiler. In 1988 this was followed by the 190 E 2.5-16, which also provided the basis for the racing touring car used in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM), the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution with a newly designed engine and modified suspension and braking system introduced in 1989. The body modifications included e.g. a prominent, flat front spoiler, an enlarged rear spoiler and larger, prominently flared wheel arches. One year later it was followed by the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, of which 502 examples were likewise built. This featured redesigned front and rear bumpers with integrated spoilers, flared wings integrated into the body lines and a very prominent rear spoiler.

The "EVO II" presented by ALL TIME STARS at the Nürburgring Classic has an odometer reading of 79,193 kilometres, and is a particularly sought-after and rare young classic. Like all of the 502 examples, it is painted in "blue-black metallic".

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Production period: 1990
Cylinders: 4/inline
Displacement: 2463 cc
Output: 173 kW (235 hp) at 7200 rpm
Top speed: 250 km/h (with catalytic converter)

Mercedes-Benz 320 CE (C 124, 1993)

In March 1987 Mercedes-Benz presented the mid-series 124 Coupé. "The flair of the exceptional with the relaxing comfort of a vehicle that one drives every day and also uses on long journeys": that was how the first brochure described the Coupé. A statement that still holds to this day. Because the design shows these elegant two-door vehicles to be distinctive yet closely related to the other variants of the 124 series. Naturally the coupés also featured all the technical details of the Saloon and Estate variants, such as the high safety standard, sophisticated suspension and the (then already standard) closed-loop emission control system with three-way catalytic converter. The sum total of their characteristics has for many years made these vehicles sought-after young classics. In June 1993 the revised 124 series was given a new nomenclature: it was now named the E-Class, in line with the S-Class and C-Class. The names of the individual models were made up of the letter E plus a three-digit number denoting the engine displacement. Depending on the engine type, this was supplemented with suffixes such as "Diesel". The different body types were however no longer part of the vehicle designation. From 1987 to 1996 the Sindelfingen plant produced a total of 141,498 124-series Coupés.

The malachite green example presented by ALL TIME STARS has a five-speed automatic tansmission and comes from the Collectors Edition. A Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Warranty is also available on request.The vehicle will also be extensive serviced and TÜV-inspected before delivery.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 320 CE (C 124, 1993)
Production period: 1992 to 1996 (from June 1993 as the E 320 Coupé)
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 3199 cc
Output: 162 kW (220 hp) at 5500 rpm
Top speed: 235 km/h

 

Nürburgring Classic 2017: The motorsport vehicles

Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201), 1990

In 1989 the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution was created on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 for the German Touring Car Championships (DTM). The name of the car reveals that it was now powered by a new engine: the 2.5-litre sixteen-valve unit delivered up to 250 kW (340 hp). In August 1989, work began on the second stage of development, "EVO II", in an in-house department called Mercedes-Benz sport technik (st). To get down to the regulation weight of 1040 kilograms, almost the entire interior was taken out, with a safety cage being installed instead. The plastic material Kevlar was used for numerous body parts such as the bonnet, boot lid and spoiler. The "EVO II" with an output of now 274 kW (373 hp) had its debut on 16 June 1990 on the North Loop of Nürburgring – in the 1992 season, Klaus Ludwig won the German Touring Car Championships (DTM) with this car. To commemorate the great DTM successes, Mercedes-Benz Classic reconstructed an EVO II in 2013 and used it in historical motorsport events. This works racing car is an original DTM car from the 1991 season which was subsequently used for long-distance races for two years. Prior to its restoration by the DTM experts from HWA, the vehicle had completed a total of 13,702 documented kilometres on the race track.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II racing touring car (W 201), 1990
Cylinders: 4/in-line
Displacement: 2490 cc
Output: 274 kW (373 hp) at 9500 rpm
Top speed: around 300 km/h

AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car (W 202), 1994

In 1994 Mercedes-Benz competed in the DTM with a new racing touring car based on the W 202 C-Class Saloon. The reinforced monocoque bodywork with a welded rollover cage concealed thoroughbred racing technology: as required by the race rules, the new high-perfomance engine was based on a production engine. The engineers at AMG designed a V6 engine developed from the 4.2-litre M 119 V8 engine, which conformed to the prescribed displacement limit with 2500 cubic centimetres. Capable of up to 11,000 rpm, the engine transferred its power via a sequential transmission. For weight reasons the bonnet, boot lid and mounted aerodynamic parts were of carbon-fibre/Kevlar. In 1994 Klaus Ludwig became German Touring Car Champion with this car. In the following year Mercedes-Benz entered the DTM and ITC with a further development of the racing touring car – Bernd Schneider won both race series and Mercedes-Benz secured the brand championship.

Technical data of the AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car
Period of use: 1994 to 1996
Cylinders: V6
Displacement: 2499 cc
Output: 324 kW (440 hp)
Top speed: 300 km/h

AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car (W 203), 2005

When the new DTM came into being in the 2000 season as the "German Touring Car Masters", the teams initially took to the starting line with silhouette cars based on two-door coupés. From 2004 onwards, four-door saloons based on the W 203 series were used. The racing car had a structural spaceframe with a steel roof and side walls into which the safety cage for the driver was fitted. The external claddings and detachable parts were of lightweight but highly resistant carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. The new racing touring car was powered by the V8 engine which had already proved its worth since 2000, in the DTM car based on the CLK. The C-Class racing touring car was further improved for the 2005 season, e.g. reducing the vehicle weight by 30 kilograms and increasing both the body length and wheelbase. In 2005 Gary Paffett secured the DTM driver's title, and in the following year Bernd Schneider became German Touring Car Champion for the fifth time.

Technical data of the AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car
Period of use: 2004 to 2007
Cylinders: V8
Displacement: 4000 cc
Output: 346 kW (470 hp)
Top speed: 280 km/h

AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car (W 204), 2008

Externally, the Mercedes-Benz DTM car used from the 2007 season resembled the series production C 63 AMG in the W 204 series, which was presented in the same year – a legendary high-performance car. But as always, it was 24-carat motorsport technology that was to be found under the body of the racing touring car. The power unit was a 4-litre V8 racing engine developing around 368 kW (500 hp) at 7500 rpm. Including the driver, this C-Class weighed only 1050 kilograms by virtue of systematic lightweight construction which included a tubular frame chassis. While the roof and side walls were of thin sheet steel, the doors, bonnet, wings and boot lid were of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. There was an integrated safety cell for the driver, with defined crash structures at the front, rear and sides. Eight male drivers and one female driver drove the model in the 2009 season: Bernd Schneider, Bruno Spengler, Jamie Green, Paul Di Resta (all from Team HWA) plus Maro Engel, Gary Paffett, Mathias Lauda, Ralf Schumacher and Susie Stoddart (now Wolff) in models from the previous year. Paul Di Resta ended the season as Vice-Champion. This was the last season in his active motorsport career for record-braking champion Bernd Schneider. With five DTM championship titles, 226 races in racing touring cars by Mercedes-Benz and 102 placings, he is the most successful driver ever and is rightly called "Mr DTM".

Technical data of the AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car (W 204)
Period of use: 2007 to 2011
Cylinders: V8
Displacement: 4000 cc
Output: 368 kW (500 hp) at 7500 rpm
Top speed: up to 300 km/h

AMG Mercedes C-Class Coupé racing touring car (C 204), 2014

It is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé that has given its shape to the brand's DTM racing touring car since 2012. Gary Paffett and Jamie Green promptly achieved a double victory in its first race in Hockenheim. All in all this AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car achieved 18 placings, among them five victories, in its first two seasons. The vehicle followed an improved safety concept. Central components included an innovative safety cell with a monocoque chassis of carbon-fibre and a rollover cage of high-strength steel. All safety-related components such as the fire-extinguishing system and the tank were integrated into the carbon-fibre chassis. Each car also has a total of six crash absorbers at the front, rear and sides to give the driver additional protection. The car for the 2014 season was practically identical. New features included the radiator grille, which followed the design of the standard C 63 AMG model. Mercedes-Benz entered a total of seven Coupés in 2014. In addition to DTM Champions Gary Paffett and Paul Di Resta, the team comprised the former Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov and, as in the previous year, DTM drivers Daniel Juncadella, Christian Vietoris, Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens. Despite the high quality of the team and a total of ten exciting races, the season ended with mixed fortunes: Christian Vietoris achieved 4th place in the overall ranking. One year later Pascal Wehrlein became the youngest DTM Champion of all time in such a car.

Technical data of the AMG Mercedes C-Class Coupé racing touring car (C 204)
Period of use: 2012 to 2015
Cylinders: V8
Displacement: 4000 cc
Output: 368 kW (500 hp) at 7500 rpm
Top speed: up to 300 km/h

 

Nürburgring Classic 2017: The Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassadors

Roland Asch
Born on 12 October 1950 in Altingen, Germany

Trained originally as a master automotive technician, Roland Asch initially began his motor racing career as a hobby, but soon began to achieve victories like a pro: wins in the German Hill Climb Championship of 1981 and the German Motor Racing Trophy in 1983 were followed by his début in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) in 1985. In 1988 he finished as the DTM vice-champion driving his own Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16. In the late 1980s he came first three times in the overall ratings in the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup, and in 1991 won the championship title in the Porsche Carrera Cup. Five wins for Mercedes-Benz in the early 1990s head the list of his various good finishes in the DTM. In 1993, he finished as the runner-up in the DTM for the second time, and moved to Ford in the Super Touring Car Cup in 1995. As a brand ambassador, Roland Asch has close ties to the Mercedes-Benz brand to this day and can regularly be seen behind the wheel of important racing cars from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection during events.

Maximilian Götz
Born on 4 February 1986 in Ochsenfurt, Germany

Maximilian Götz began his motorsport career in karting at the age of twelve. After two German kart championship titles by 2001, he switched to driving formula racing cars in 2002 and was already voted the ADAC Junior Motorsport Personality of the Year in 2003. As a coach he was soon passing his skills on to up-and-coming younger drivers. He himself successfully raced cars such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3. In 2012 the highly talented Götz won the ADAC GT Masters, in 2013 the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps and the 1000-kilometr race at Nürburgring, and in 2014 the championship title in the Blancpain Sprint series. These successes smoothed his way into the 2015 season and his debut in the cockpit of the AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car of the PETRONAS Mercedes-AMG team of Mücke Motorsport. In the 2016 season he competed in the DTM for the Mercedes-AMG DTM team and achieved successes with the Mercedes-AMG GT3: 3rd place in the 24-hour race at Nürburgring and 5th place in the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. In 2017 Götz returned to the ADAC GT Masters in the Mercedes-AMG GT3. On 21 May 2017 in the Sunday race at Lausitzring, he took 6th place as the best-placed Mercedes-AMG racing driver.

Ellen Lohr
Born on 12 April 1965 in Mönchengladbach, Germany

Ellen Lohr came to motor sport via karting, in which she was active from 1979 to 1983. Her greatest triumphs were her participation in the Junior Karting World Championship, along with a 1st place in the Northwest German Regional Karting Championship. After competing in the German Formula Ford 1600 series (German Champion in 1987) and first races in the DTM (BMW) and the German Formula 3 Championship with VW in 1989/90, she was signed up by the AMG-Mercedes team for the German Touring Car Championship. Ellen Lohr is the first and only woman to date to have achieved a DTM victory, which she won in May 1992 at the motor 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 that time on, Ellen Lohr has continued to be actively involved in numerous other racing series, including the Paris–Dakar Rally since 2005 and again in truck racing since 2012.

Klaus Ludwig
Born on 5 October 1949 in Bonn, Germany

Honoured with the title of "King Ludwig" by his fans, the outstanding racing driver and three-times DTM Champion Klaus Ludwig began his motor racing career in the early 1970s with slalom races, orientation rallies and touring car races. His first major successes included the German Motor Racing Championship (DRM) title in 1979 and 1981, and victories in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in 1979, 1984 and 1985. Ludwig came to the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) in 1985, where he initially competed for Ford and won his first title in 1988. In 1989 he moved to the AMG-Mercedes team, with which he won two championship titles (1992 and 1994, runner-up in 1991) and a total of 19 race victories in the years up to 1994. In 1995 and 1996 he competed in the ITC (International Touring Car Championship) for Opel Team Rosberg. He subsequently returned to AMG-Mercedes, winning the driver and team trophy in the International FIA GT Championship together with Ricardo Zonta in 1998. He subsequently officially retired from motor sport, but competed once again in the new German Touring Car Masters (DTM) in 2000, ending the season and his motor racing career with a third-place finish in the overall rating in a Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM.

Jochen Mass
Born on 30 September 1946 in Dorfen near Starnberg, Germany

Jochen Mass, formerly named Seemann, began his varied career in motorsport in 1968, racing touring cars for Alfa-Romeo and as a works driver for Ford between 1970 and 1975. During this period he won the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps in 1972. At the same time, he also took part in Formula 2 racing (1973) and competed in 105 Formula 1 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 at Porsche until 1987, he joined the Sauber-Mercedes team as a works driver in 1988. He drove 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 in the same team as Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens, going on to finish as 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 "soulmate", 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 knows and drives them all.

 

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    Just before the start of the inaugural race at the Nürburgring, 19 June 1927. Left to right: The subsequent winner Rudolf Caracciola (starting number 1), Adolf Rosenberger (starting number 2) — both in a Mercedes-Benz Model S — and, on the far right, private motorist Rittmeister von Mosch (starting number 3) in a Mercedes-Benz Model K.
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    AMG-Mercedes C-Class in the DTM race on the Hockenheimring in 2006, with Jamie Green qualifying for third position on the starting grid.
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    Sporting elegance: The “Lady in Red” by Offelsmeyer Cucuel for Mercedes-Benz, created and published in 1928, is one of the most striking advertising motifs of the 1920s.
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    A modern-day smoke silver chariot of fire: Ralf Schumacher‘s Trilux AMG Mercedes C-Class during the 2009 DTM season.
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    Opening of the season at Hockenheim: Paul di Resta with his AMG Mercedes C-Class comes fifth in the race at Hockenheim.
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    Roland Asch (left) and his teammates Bernd Schneider, Ellen Lohr, Klaus Ludwig, Kurt Thiim and Jörg van Ommen with a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) in the DTM-season 1993.
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    DTM, Oschersleben, round 2, 17-18 May 2014. Mercedes-Benz, DTM, Christian Vietoris, Original-Teile Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
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    Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassador and former racing driver Jochen Mass, photo from Mercedes-Benz "Classic Insight" to mark "100-year anniversary of the French Grand Prix on 4 July 1914", April 2014.
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    DTM, Lausitzring, round 8, 13 -14 September 2014. Mercedes-Benz, DTM, Pascal Wehrlein, gooix Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
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    DTM, Oschersleben, round 7. Mercedes-AMG DTM Team, Mercedes-Benz, DTM, Maximilian Götz, Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM
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    Mercedes-Benz SSK 27/170/225 PS (series W 06, 1928 to 1930). ADAC Eifelrennen 2011, “Elefantenrennen” on 11 September 2011. Winner-to-be Roland Asch is behind the wheel.
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    Racing driver and Mercedes-Benz Brand Ambassador Klaus Ludwig with the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR from 1997. Photo of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2012.
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    German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, August 1, 1954. Winner Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the open-wheel Mercedes-Benz W 196 R with start number 18.
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    Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassador Roland Asch during the Historic Trophy 2014 at Nürburgring in June 2014.
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    Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassador Ellen Lohr at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 24 June 2016.
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    Bernd Schneider, hier beim DTM-Lauf in Barcelona auf Vodafone AMG-Mercedes-Benz C-Klasse, wird 2006 zum fünften Mal DTM-Champion.
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    Mercedes-Benz M 06 engine used in the Models SS and SSK, production period: 1928 to 1933.
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    Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, 3 September 1990. Klaus Ludwig (starting number 7) in the Mercedes AMG 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) racing touring car.
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    Touring Car Grand Prix at Nürburgring, 3 September 1990. Roland Asch (starting number 14) with an AMG Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) racing touring car.
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    Motorsport festival at Hockenheimring, 24 April 1994. Roland Asch (starting number 3) with the AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car (W 202), 1994.
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    German Touring Car Championships, 1994. AMG Mercedes C-Class racing touring car (W 202). Group photo of the drivers, left to right: Jörg van Ommen, Kurt Thiim, Klaus Ludwig, Ellen Lohr, Bernd Schneider and Roland Asch.
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    Opening race at Nürburgring in 1927. Mercedes-Benz Model S preparing for the start. With starting number 1: Rudolf Caracciola, behind him Adolf Rosenberger. Caracciola won the race, with Rosenberger in 2nd place in the category for sports cars of over 5 litres.
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    German Grand Prix for sports cars at Nürburgring, 17 July 1927. Christian Werner (starting number 7) in a Mercedes-Benz Model S. Werner drove the fastest lap and finally achieved 2nd place in the category for sports cars of over 3 litres.
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    International Tourist Trophy on the Ards circuit near Belfast, 17 August 1929. The three Mercedes-Benz racing drivers from left to right: Thomas Thistlethwayte, Rudolf Caracciola and Otto Merz next to the Mercedes-Benz Model SS with starting number 71. Eugen Salzer (right), the co-driver of Otto Merz.
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