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Who is the best?

Who is the best? This gripping theme that makes competition so exciting provides the spark that has written the history of motorsport. The ball started rolling on 22 July 1894 at the world’s first automobile race from Paris to Rouen – a stretch of over 126 kilometres. 

This was also the beginning of the unique motorsports history of Mercedes-Benz. The victory was shared by vehicles from Panhard & Levassor and a Peugeot featuring a Daimler two-cylinder V-engine (“Système Daimler”). 

The engine can be taken in at any time in the Mercedes-Benz Museum: “Legend 1: Pioneers – The invention of the automobile” room.

It all started with this engine: both winning vehicles at the “Paris–Rouen” in 1894 were powered by a two-cylinder V-engine by Daimler.

It all started with this engine: both winning vehicles at the “Paris–Rouen” in 1894 were powered by a two-cylinder V-engine by Daimler.

Benz was also successful in the first automobile race from Paris to Rouen on 22 July 1894.

Benz was also successful in the first automobile race from Paris to Rouen on 22 July 1894.

Celebration of the jubilee.

Fifth place went to engineer Émile Roger, who drove a 3.7 kW (5 PS) Benz Vis-à-vis. At this point, since 1888, Roger had been the sole authorised representative for vehicles and engines bearing the name Benz in France.

This summer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England (4 to 7 July 2019) and at the German Grand Prix 2019 at the Hockenheimring (26 to 28 July 2019), as well as on many other occasions, Mercedes-Benz Classic will be celebrating “125 Years of Motorsports”.

From a competitive event to motor racing.

The first motorcar race based on time, which forms the basis for modern racing, took place in 1895 and ran from Paris to Bordeaux and back – a stretch of almost 1,200 kilometres. The first vehicle to cross the finishing line was a two-seater Panhard & Levassor with a Daimler engine.

Emile Levassor (at the wheel) and René Panhard in a car of their design fitted with a Daimler-Phönix engine.

Émile Levassor (at the wheel) and René Panhard in a car of their design fitted with a Daimler-Phönix engine. 

In the best tradition: the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team dominates Formula One, where Lewis Hamilton beheld his favourite flag at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2019.

In the best tradition: the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team dominates Formula One, where Lewis Hamilton beheld his favourite flag at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2019.

A start 125 years ago.

The auspicious start 125 years ago has spawned repeated victories for cars sporting the Mercedes star right through to today. These include, in particular, five consecutive Formula One World Championships from 2014 to 2018 (including both the drivers’ and constructors’ title), the triple championship in the DTM in 2018 and Mercedes-AMG’s continuing success in customer sport.

Stirling silver.

In its anniversary year, Mercedes-Benz is also celebrating the birthdays of famous racing drivers. Ewy Rosqvist, for example: she was born on 3 August 1929 in Sweden and celebrates her 90th birthday this year. From 1962, she took part in rallies and road races for Mercedes-Benz. One of her most important victories was the overall victory in the Argentinian Touring Car Grand Prix of 1962 in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE. Since that time, Ewy Rosqvist has maintained close ties to Mercedes-Benz and is, to this day, a brand ambassador.

Born in London on 17 September 1929, Stirling Moss was extremely successful at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in 1955 – and will also be 90 years old this year! Perhaps his most well recognised winning car from the Mille Miglia with start number 722 is one of the highlights of the permanent exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum today in the Legend 7: Silver Arrows – Races and Records exhibition area. As a Mercedes-Benz Classic Brand Ambassador and representative of those far-off times, Stirling Moss keeps the fascination of 1955 alive.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 14.08.2019.

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.

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.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.