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1. Benz 200 PS record-setting car: more than 200 km/h.

We recall twelve star-spangled moments in the unprecedented history of the brand’s competitive involvement since 1894:

In 1909, the Benz 200 PS car with Victor Hémery at the wheel was the first combustion engine vehicle to reach the magic 200 km/h mark. In the USA the Benz 200 PS record car was nicknamed the “Blitzen Benz”. The thunderous sound of the fastest land vehicle of its time was generated by the 21.5-litre engine.

One of the largest car engines ever made: the massive four-cylinder engine of the Benz 200 PS record-setting car – the “Blitzen Benz”.

One of the largest car engines ever made: the massive four-cylinder engine of the Benz 200 PS record-setting car – the “Blitzen Benz”.

The Benz teardrop racing car was created in the early 1920s. Its design was based on consistent lightweight construction and an aerodynamically optimised teardrop shape.

The Benz teardrop racing car was created in the early 1920s. Its design was based on consistent lightweight construction and an aerodynamically optimised teardrop shape.

2. Benz “teardrop”: first mid-engine racing car.

Designers are constantly rethinking technology. A mid-engine, mounted between the axles? A motorsport world premiere in the 1922 Benz teardrop racing car. With its aerodynamically optimised body, this car already paved the way for future developments.

3. Mercedes-Benz W 125 record-breaking car: 432.7 km/h.

No less than 432.7 km/h on a public road: Rudolf Caracciola set this absolute record on 28 January 1938 in the Mercedes-Benz W 125 twelve-cylinder record-breaking car. This outstanding record remained unbeaten for almost 80 years. 

The original body of the Mercedes-Benz W 125 twelve-cylinder record-setting car can be experienced in the Mercedes-Benz Museum as a spectacularly staged part of the permanent exhibition.

The original body of the Mercedes-Benz W 125 twelve-cylinder record-setting car, with which Rudolf Caracciola set the absolute speed record for public roads in 1938.

The original body of the Mercedes-Benz W 125 twelve-cylinder record-setting car, with which Rudolf Caracciola set the absolute speed record for public roads in 1938. 

The Mercedes-Benz T 80 world record project vehicle. Due to the outbreak of the Second World War, the attempt was never made.

The Mercedes-Benz T 80 world record project vehicle. Due to the outbreak of the Second World War, the attempt was never made.

4. Mercedes-Benz T 80: with more than 600 km/h.

At the end of the 1930s, the tri-axle T 80 record car with a Mercedes-Benz DB 603 aircraft engine was built to achieve new heights in land speed. It was intended to achieve 600 km/h or more – but was never given that opportunity. 

The Mercedes-Benz Museum has the original body on display in its permanent exhibition. The associated chassis with the authentic reconstruction of the tubular lattice frame was shown as a unique exhibit by Mercedes-Benz Classic 2018. 

5. Mercedes-Benz W 165: built for a single race.

Built for a single race and developed in just eight months: this was the Mercedes-Benz 1.5-litre W 165 racing car with which the Stuttgart brand not only won the Tripoli Grand Prix in Libya in 1939, but also landed a spectacular double victory.

Epoch-making one-two victory for Mercedes-Benz W 165 in the Tripoli Grand Prix on 7 May 1939. The photo shows Rudolf Caracciola, who came second behind his team mate Hermann Lang.

Epoch-making one-two victory for Mercedes-Benz W 165 in the Tripoli Grand Prix on 7 May 1939. The photo shows Rudolf Caracciola, who came second behind his team mate Hermann Lang.

Pit stop: Mercedes-Benz C 111-III record-holding car during the record-breaking drive in Nardò, at the end of April 1978.

Pit stop: Mercedes-Benz C 111-III record-holding car during the record-breaking drive in Nardò, at the end of April 1978.

6. Mercedes-Benz C 111: from an experiment to a world record.

The Mercedes-Benz C 111 made its debut as a fascinating experimental vehicle with a Wankel engine in 1969. In the 1970s, it was further developed to produce outstanding record vehicles.

The C 111-II D (1976) and C 111-III (1978, both with diesel engines) as well as the C 111-IV (1979, with a V8 petrol engine) set numerous world records on the high-speed circuit in Nardò, Italy.

7. Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16: record-breaking car.

The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 (W 201) celebrated a number of world records in 1983 in Nardò. In just 201 hours, 39 minutes and 43 seconds, it covered a sensational distance of 50,000 kilometres. In addition to this performance, it also achieved two other world records over 25,000 kilometres and nine class records.

Three standard production Mercedes-Benz E 320 CDI (W 211) cars were similarly successful in 2005 in their 30-day endurance run in Laredo (Texas).

Light-footed winner: the Mercedes-Benz Alpha Real won the “Tour de Sol” in 1985.

Light-footed winner: the Mercedes-Benz Alpha Real won the “Tour de Sol” in 1985.

8. Mercedes-Benz Alpha Real: victory by the sun.

In 1985, apprentices at the Mercedes-Benz plants in Sindelfingen and Untertürkheim won the first “Tour de Sol” in Switzerland with the Mercedes-Benz Alpha Real solar-powered vehicle. Only cars powered by electricity from sunlight can take part in this rally.

Today, this solar-powered vehicle is part of the permanent exhibition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

9. Penske-Mercedes PC 23 IndyCar: star of Indianapolis.

The Mercedes-Benz 500I 3.4-litre V8 engine was developed in 1993 amid the strictest secrecy – specifically for the Penske-Mercedes PC 23 IndyCar. The surprise paid off. Al Unser Jr. won the legendary Indy 500 on 29 May 1994. Due to a subsequent change in racing regulations, however, the 500I was only ever used once. 

Today, the engine is one of the sculpturally staged racing engines in Legend 7 room of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

The light of day: the Penske-Mercedes PC 23 IndyCar fitted with the Mercedes-Benz 500I engine.

The light of day: the Penske-Mercedes PC 23 IndyCar fitted with the Mercedes-Benz 500I engine. 

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive set a new lap record for production electric vehicles on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2013.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive set a new lap record for production electric vehicles on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 2013.

10. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive: record lap time.

In 2013, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive completed the 20.832 kilometre Nordschleife of the Nürburgring in a record time of 7 minutes 56.234 seconds – the first series-produced electric vehicle to complete a lap in less than eight minutes.

11. Mercedes-Benz C 300 d 4MATIC: the hill-climber.

In 2015, Mercedes-Benz secured a spectacular diesel class victory at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (USA). The car was not a dedicated racing car, but instead an almost completely standard C 300 d 4MATIC (W 205). 

In just 11 minutes 37 seconds, the C-Class completed the 19.99-kilometre distance, featuring more than 150 bends and an altitude change of 1,400 metres. Not without reason is the race also called the “Race to the Clouds”.

Set a new record for diesel vehicles at the US Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Mercedes-Benz C 300 d 4MATIC.

Set a new record for diesel vehicles at the US Pikes Peak Hill Climb: Mercedes-Benz C 300 d 4MATIC. 

The first cyclist to go faster than 200 km/h: Frenchman José Meiffret.

The first cyclist to go faster than 200 km/h: Frenchman José Meiffret.

12. Fast mover: speed record behind a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

Other sports can also benefit from the performance of the sports cars with the star. In 1962, racing cyclist José Meiffret became the first person to reach 200 km/h on a bicycle in the slipstream of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (W 198). 

Meiffret set his record a good half-a-century after the 200 km/h success of the Benz 200 PS record car in Brooklands. These two highlights in 125 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport underline the perfect symbiosis of technical perfection, performance and speed coupled with the passion for competition.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

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.

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.