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A unique experience.

As if the Formula One racetrack at Silverstone were not already spectacular enough, the display of both vehicles and drivers witnessed at the celebrations in the large hall above the pit lane must surely have been a unique experience, whether at a racetrack or anywhere else.

The cars exhibited on the occasion of Mercedes-Benz’s 125 years of motorsports no doubt caused the hearts of even such seasoned racing drivers as Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Bernd Schneider, Hans Herrmann and Stoffel Vandoorne to beat that bit faster.

No other car manufacturer can look back over such a long, eventful history in motorsport as Mercedes-Benz.

No other car manufacturer can look back over such a long, eventful history in motorsport as Mercedes-Benz.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton in front of a W 196 R Formula One racing car.

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton in front of a W 196 R Formula One racing car.

125 years of prestigious motorsport history.

What started in 1894 in a highly unspectacular manner with a tiny two-cylinder V-engine that drove the Peugeot and Panhard & Levassor cars to victory in the race from Paris to Rouen, became the longest history in motorsports. Impressive milestones of a unique history were the legendary Blitzen Benz, Mille Miglia victories in the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR and DTM cars from the 1990s through to the current Formula One racing cars piloted by world champion Lewis Hamilton – sporting the customary starting number 44 and the latest hybrid technology.

125 years of prestigious motorsport history gathered in one place – closely linked to Mercedes-Benz, legendary racing drivers and exciting racing technology, which has achieved massive success on all five continents and the most famous circuits all over the world.

High-speed records of the Silver Arrows.

From modest beginnings in the 19th century with only 3.75 PS produced by a 1646 cc engine, the technology developed into the Mercedes 35 PS from 1901 on the route Nice - La Turbie race in the early days of motorsport in southern France, and led to the deafening Blitzen Benz of 1909, which generated 147 kW / 200 PS from its 21.5 litre engine and, today, still makes the racetrack at Silverstone quake.

No less impressive are the great high-speed records set by Rudolf Caracciola in the Silver Arrows on today’s A5 motorway between Darmstadt and Frankfurt with speeds of over 430 km/h or the racing successes in the Mille Miglia, Carrera Panamericana or on the Nürburgring.

In the 60s and 70s, Mercedes-Benz was a regular competitor in the international rally world.

In the 60s and 70s, Mercedes-Benz was a regular competitor in the international rally world.

Mercedes-Benz’s successes.

Many of Mercedes-Benz’s successes in the past 125 years have, however, not been celebrated on the circuit. For many years the brand from Stuttgart was involved in rally sport and left its mark on the championships with such unusual models as the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Rallye of the W 113 series and the Mercedes-Benz SLC of the C 107 series on sand and unsurfaced gravel tracks. In August 1963, Eugen Böhringer and co-driver Klaus Kaiser won the gruelling Spa - Sofia - Liège endurance rally by covering more than 5,500 kilometres in 90 hours behind the wheel.

Unofficial birth date of Mercedes-AMG.

Unforgotten to this day and considered to be the unofficial birth date of Mercedes-AMG motorsports was the 25 July 1971 when the bright red Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 surprisingly took second place in the overall classification in the 24-hour touring car race in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. At the wheel of the 315 kW (428 PS) saloon racing car, which is still known to many today as the “Red Pig”, were the two ace touring car drivers Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz.

Lewis Hamilton in the legendary W 196 R Formula One racing car.

Lewis Hamilton in the legendary W 196 R Formula One racing car.

German racing driver Hans Herrmann celebrated some of his greatest successes in the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows.

German racing driver Hans Herrmann celebrated some of his greatest successes in the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows.

Risk their lives.

No other car manufacturer can boast as many successes on as many fronts in international motorsport as Mercedes-Benz. The racing successes in the early stages of our modern era were not only linked with unique engineering, but also with drivers who risked their lives in these high-speed cars every weekend. “We must not forget that many lost their lives in races or during training,” recalls 91-year-old Hans Herrmann, who clocked up many of his greatest successes in the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. “On the grid, you kept thinking about who might get killed in the race today. But we never gave a thought to the fact that it might be oneself.”

Impressed by the former racing drivers.

“It’s incredible what those drivers risked back then and what dangers they were exposed to in races like the Mille Miglia or the Carrera Panamericana, which often took place at top speed in normal road traffic,” says five-time Formula One winner and current world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was highly impressed by the former racing drivers. “The cars themselves are still absolutely crazy today. I did a few laps in one of those old Silver Arrows and staged a little race against Toto in the old DTM Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 V Evolution II. It was brilliant and great fun.”

The reigning Formula One World Champion and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton drove fast laps on the Silverstone circuit in various Mercedes-Benz racing cars of the past 125 years.

The reigning Formula One World Champion and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton drove fast laps on the Silverstone circuit in various Mercedes-Benz racing cars of the past 125 years.

What spectacular back views. In the early 1990s, the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16V Evo thrilled motorsport fans not only in the DTM.

What spectacular back views. In the early 1990s, the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16V Evo thrilled motorsport fans not only in the DTM.

Won eight out of nine races.

In the 1992 season, Klaus Ludwig raced the “Evo II” to pick up the drivers’ title of the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). Even faster on the racetracks of this world: the 1026 PS Penske-Mercedes PC 23 IndyCar. In 1994 it won the Indianapolis 500 at top speeds of over 400 km/h. Not much slower: the Sauber-Mercedes C 9 Group C racing car, which celebrated not only the 24 Hours of Le Mans but also won eight out of nine races.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Nach Redaktionsschluss, 04.06.2019, können sich Änderungen am Produkt ergeben haben.

1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

2 Die angegebenen Werte sind die „gemessenen NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 2 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153, die im Einklang mit Anhang XII der Verordnung (EG) Nr. 692/2008 ermittelt wurden. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Aufgrund gesetzlicher Änderungen der maßgeblichen Prüfverfahren können in der für die Fahrzeugzulassung und ggf. Kfz-Steuer maßgeblichen Übereinstimmungsbescheinigung des Fahrzeugs höhere Werte eingetragen sein. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch und die CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.