Motorsports History

  • Stuttgart, Nov 20, 2019 - Lewis Hamilton, Mika Häkkinen, Juan Manuel Fangio, Rudolf Caracciola and many more besides: Mercedes-Benz racing drivers are celebrated as heroes in the history of motor racing by their fans. Their victories range from the latest double in the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship back to the birth of motorsport 125 years ago.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 17, 2019 - British racing driver Stirling Moss became a star of the Mercedes-Benz racing department in 1955. He celebrated outstanding victories with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing sports car (W 196 S) and was Formula 1 runner-up world champion with the W 196 R. His successes are highlights of 125 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport history.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 29, 2015 - The Targa Florio was the decisive contest in the 1955 World Sports Car Championship. Under tremendous pressure to succeed in this, the final race of the season, Mercedes-Benz finished first and second with the 300 SLR, just enough to win the World Championship. This was a triumph that allowed the Mercedes star to shine more brightly than ever before.
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  • Stuttgart, Jul 16, 2015 - The Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC rally car and star of the 1978 “Vuelta a la América del Sud” long-distance rally puts in a gala appearance at the fifth ADAC Eifel Rally Festival from 23 to 25 July 2015. The event takes place in and around the City of Daun: one of the original coupés with which the brand from Stuttgart scored a glorious one-two victory at the time, will be driven at the Rally Festival by Andrew Cowan (the 1978 winner) and Klaus Kaiser as well as by the team Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz.
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  • Stuttgart, May 6, 2015 - 60 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows were practically unbeatable throughout the entire racing season – in all the major classes of international motor sport: in 1955, the Stuttgart racing team with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the W 196 R won the Formula 1 world championship for the second time running and achieved a triumph in the sports car world championship with the 300 SLR (W 196 S), while Werner Engel became European touring car champion in the 300 SL (W 198) production sports car.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 8, 2014 - Sir Stirling Moss is an exceptional motor racing talent. In the 1955 season, the Brit started out for Mercedes-Benz, racking up wins in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in sports car races and in the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R in Formula 1.
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  • Stuttgart, Jul 9, 2014 - Bernd Schneider’s sporting homeland is Mercedes-Benz and AMG: taking part in 226 touring car races at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz, he won 43 times and was on the podium 100 times in total. He has undoubtedly earned his nickname “Mister DTM”. Bernd Schneider celebrates his 50th birthday on 20 July 2014 .
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  • Stuttgart, Jun 23, 2014 - On 4 July 1954, Mercedes-Benz marked its return to Grand Prix racing after the Second World War with a double victory in the French Grand Prix. At the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz W 196 R, Juan Manuel Fangio won the race in Reims ahead of his team colleague Karl Kling. With this triumph in the Champagne region, the racing department in Stuttgart once again wrote motor racing history – exactly 40 years after the triple Mercedes victory in the 1914 French Grand Prix in Lyon. On the same day, Germany also won the football World Cup in Berne.
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  • Stuttgart, May 30, 2014 - The double victory of the Sauber-Mercedes C 9 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on 11 June 1989, marked the culmination of the return of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows to the race track. Jochen Mass, Manuel Reuter and Stanley Dickens won the race in the C 9 with the starting number 63, followed by Mauro Baldi, Kenny Acheson and Gianfranco Brancatelli (starting number 61). The triumph was completed by a fifth place for the third car racing for the Sauber-Mercedes team:
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 30, 2014 - Hermann Lang and Rudolf Caracciola outclassed the competition with a double victory in the completely new Mercedes-Benz W 165 1.5-litre racing car at the Tripoli Grand Prix on the Mellaha circuit on 7 May 1939. The triumph in Libya was particularly significant because the Italian motor sports association, who were organising the Grand Prix, had intended to impede the successful German formula racing cars by changing the rules.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 15, 2014 - A mountainous course along narrow roads with over 7,000 bends before the gates of Palermo in Sicily, Italy: welcome to the Targa Florio. This was a highly popular and demanding road race especially in the first half of the last century. In 1924, one lap was 108 kilometres in length.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 7, 2014 - The 120 years of motor sport history at Mercedes-Benz reflect a unique kaleidoscope of glittering successes in a variety of different motor racing categories. Crowned by a number of legendary victories, the brand’s commitment to the sport of touring car racing in the 1960s, as well as the 1980s and 1990s, represents a particularly colourful and exciting chapter in the sporting heritage of the world’s oldest automotive manufacturer.
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  • Stuttgart, Mar 3, 2014 - The career of the current C-Class as a motorsport star began with the record-breaking drive completed by the 190 E 2.3-16 model in Nardò, southern Italy (13 to 21 August 1983). This was also the first major test for the new engine with four valves per cylinder and 136 kW (185 hp).
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  • Stuttgart, Jan 16, 2014 - The 1904 Ormond-Daytona race week was shaped by record-breaking performances by William K. Vanderbilt jr. at the wheel of a Mercedes 90 hp racing car. 110 years ago, the New York millionaire dominated the “Florida Speed Carnival”. Established in 1903, the event featured races and record drives on a flat sandy beach. In all, Vanderbilt won six races and set seven speed records in January 1904.
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  • Stuttgart, Dec 17, 2013 - Shortly before Christmas Eve 1913, British racing driver L. G. Hornsted set two new world records at Brooklands, for the half-mile and the kilometre. He was driving a Benz 200 hp, a modified variant of the “BlitzenBenz”, or “LightningBenz”, which had already become a legend in its own time. In January 1914, the Briton, born in 1884, added seven more records to his tally of victories.
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  • Stuttgart, Aug 19, 2013 - Richard Seaman had good reason to feel extremely confident ahead of the Swiss Grand Prix which was held in Bremgarten near Berne on 21 August 1938: a member of the Mercedes-Benz works team, the British driver had won the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring four weeks earlier. He was to start in pole position in Berne and had also logged the best time of the day.
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