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Innovative force and open mind towards what is new.

Open to alternatives since 1894: an innovative force and an open mind towards what is new have formed part of Mercedes-Benz's motorsports history from the outset. History's first ever automotive competition 125 years ago was already a battle of drive systems.

Back then, vehicles featuring Daimler combustion engines prevailed against their steam-powered counterparts. In the 21st century, the brand with the star is celebrating five consecutive double world championship titles in Formula 1 with hybrid engines. At the end of 2019, the brand will also launch in Formula E. 

The Formula 1 racing car Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for the 2019 Formula 1 world championship.

The Formula 1 racing car Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for the 2019 Formula 1 world championship.

In late July 2019, at the German Grand Prix held at the Hockenheimring, the brand presented outstanding racing cars.

In late July 2019, at the German Grand Prix held at the Hockenheimring, the brand presented outstanding racing cars.

Experience gained in motorsports.

In 2014, a new 1.6-litre V6 power unit featuring turbocharging and enhanced hybrid functions premiered in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula 1 Silver Arrows. Since that particular season, the racing team has won five consecutive Formula 1 constructors’ and drivers’ world championship titles.

The development of new Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles is also benefiting from the experience gained in motorsports. Applications range from electrical brake energy recuperation to high-voltage technology for electric drives.

Premiere in the Formula E.

On 22 November 2019, Mercedes-Benz will be premiering in the all-electric Formula E racing series. To this end, the Mercedes EQ Formula E team will head to the starting grid with two Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 vehicles. Their development also involves expertise gained as part of working on drives in current Formula 1 racing cars.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.

The Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.

The Peugeot from Albert Lemaître with an engine produced under a Daimler license in the first automotive race from Paris to Rouen on 22 July 1894.

The Peugeot from Albert Lemaître with an engine produced under a Daimler license in the first automotive race from Paris to Rouen on 22 July 1894.

Alternative drive train.

The question of which drive technology would be successful arose many years ago during the first automotive race in history, on 22 July 1894, from Paris to Rouen. By the end, the decision was clear: Peugeot and Panhard & Levassor won joint first prize. Both manufacturers’ vehicles were driven by Daimler two-cylinder V-engines generating around 2.6 kW (3.5 PS). Panhard & Levassor built the assembly on licence.

At this event, an alternative drive train won the race – nothing other than the combustion engine. Up until this point, the steam engine and widely used horse-drawn carriages as well as teams of oxen were the tried-and-tested ways of moving around.

The hybrid drive.

The combustion engine had only just started prevailing as the preferred automotive power source when clever engineers already started developing alternative drives. A vehicle with electric drive already started at the second ever race – the Paris–Bordeaux–Paris long-distance competition in June 1895 – but it did not finish.

Emil Jellinek at the wheel of a Mixte racing car with the Mercedes-Simplex 28 PS engine and generator as an energy pack for the wheel hub motors.

Emil Jellinek at the wheel of a Mixte racing car with the Mercedes-Simplex 28 PS engine and generator as an energy pack for the wheel hub motors.

The Mercedes-Benz record-breaking C 111-III with highly advanced diesel engine.

The Mercedes-Benz record-breaking C 111-III with highly advanced diesel engine.

Class victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia.

Since the middle of the 20th century, the Stuttgart-based brand was also looking at the diesel engine, most of all for rally cars and vehicles attempting to break records. Included among the milestones achieved are the class victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia with the Mercedes-Benz 180 D (W 120), the overall victory at the 1959 Africa Rally Méditerranée-Le Cap with the Mercedes-Benz 190 D (W 121), the diesel world records with the Mercedes-Benz C 111-II D and C 111-III (1976 and 1978), the 30-day world record drive with the Mercedes-Benz E 320 CDI (W 211) in 2005, and the class victory at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the Mercedes-Benz C 300 d 4MATIC (W 205).

Electricity from solar power.

Solar power is also utilised: in 1985, apprentices at Mercedes-Benz factories in Sindelfingen and Untertürkheim designed and built the Mercedes-Benz Alpha-Real solar-powered car. The solar-powered racing car came out top at the “Tour de Sol” rally from Lake Constance to Lake Geneva. Photovoltaic panels with a total of 432 cells jointly supply its two electric motors generating 1.8 kW (2.4 PS) with power. 

Its top speed is 71 km/h. Today, the solar-powered car is part of the permanent exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart in Legends 7 entitled, “Silver Arrows – Races & Records”.

First time with KERS: Lewis Hamilton started the 2009 Formula 1 season in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24.

First time with KERS: Lewis Hamilton started the 2009 Formula 1 season in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24.

Motorsports history with a unique series of victories.

Electric power as part of the drive train also defines the Formula 1. In 2009, the KERS kinetic energy recuperation system was incorporated into the drive train of the racing cars for the first time. That particular season, Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix and the Singapore Grand Prix in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24.

In 2010, Mercedes-Benz returned to Formula 1 with the company’s own racing team, and since 2014, the company has once more been at the forefront of motorsports history with a unique series of victories.

The racing cars’ hybrid drive is being continuously evolved and improved to this day. Compared with 2009, for example, the battery has become 81 percent lighter, while the efficiency of the energy storage system has increased from 70 to 96 percent.

New record.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive sports car features an all-electric drive train. In 2013, it set a new record at Nürburgring Nordschleife by completing a lap around the so-called “Green Hell” circuit in 7:56.234 minutes, thus becoming the first series-production electric vehicle to race around the legendary race track in under eight minutes. In Legends 6 entitled, “New Start – The Road to Emissions-Free Mobility, From 1982 to Present” at Mercedes-Benz Museum, the SLS AMG Electric Drive represents the development of alternative drives in top-class series production sports cars.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive – here at Mercedes-Benz Museum.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive – here at Mercedes-Benz Museum – lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 7:56.234 minutes in 2013.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 17.10.2019.

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.