Motorsports 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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  • Stuttgart, Jul 15, 2013 - At the “Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale” conducted by British auction house Bonhams on 12 July 2013, all eyes turned to lot number 320: a Mercedes-Benz type W 196 R Grand Prix racing car – an original grand prix car of Juan Manuel Fangio dating from 1954 and to date the only post-war Silver Arrow in private ownership. The hammer fell at 17.5 Million GBP – a record price for an auction car.
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  • Stuttgart, May 7, 2013 - A triple victory was secured for Mercedes-Benz and the then new W 154 twelve-cylinder racing car on 15 May 1938. Hermann Lang won the Tripoli Grand Prix, ahead of fellow drivers Manfred von Brauchitsch and Rudolf Caracciola.
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  • Stuttgart, Sep 24, 2012 - On 4 November 1962, after completing 4626 kilometres, Ewy Rosqvist and her co-driver Ursula Wirth emerged victorious in the VI Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina (“VI Gran Premio Internacional Standard Supermovil YPF”) in their Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111). The entire country excitedly celebrated the outstanding victory of the Mercedes-Benz women’s team in South America’s tough long-distance rally.
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  • Stuttgart, May 3, 2012 - Mercedes-Benz Classic will be taking four genuine pre-war Silver Arrows to this year’s Goodwood Revival (14 – 16 September 2012). One of them is a Grand Prix car from the W 125 series which was specially constructed for the 1937 season. This car made its first appearance 75 years ago and promptly presented Mercedes-Benz with an extremely successful racing season, taking the brand onto the medallists’ podium once again.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 2, 2012 - From the very beginning, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (W 194) was designed exclusively for racing. At its presentation on 12 March 1952 it caused a considerable stir with its uncompromising, streamlined racing design. Its successes during the entire 1952 season were tremendous – it won all major sports car events in international motor sports. It also passed on its sporting genes to following generations in the SL series. But it all began with the 1952 racing season.
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  • Stuttgart, Apr 2, 2012 - In the first race of the 2009 Formula 1 season a Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG was the first car to cross the finishing line: powered by the 386 kW (525 hp) 6.3-litre V8 engine, the high-performance roadster, which could sprint from a full stop to 100 km/h in only 4.4 seconds, felt clearly at home on the racetrack. All the same, the sports car was not one of the racing cars vying for the title in the elite class of motorsport. Rather it guided the field to the finish as Safety Car after a collision had occurred between Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica.
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  • Stuttgart/Paris, Jan 23, 2012 - At the 2012 Rétromobile, Mercedes-Benz Classic commemorates a very special victory this year: 60 years ago the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race ended with a spectacular double victory, achieved with 300 SL (W 194 series) racing cars. The impressive racing successes of the “gullwing” became the basis for the worldwide fascination for the SL model series from Mercedes-Benz which has continued undiminished to the present day. The trade fair presentation is organised in coordination with Mercedes-Benz France.
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