Racing successes are an important part of the Mercedes-Benz story. Ever since the first automobile race in 1894, Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands have repeatedly used motor races to prove their performance and reliability. The company’s proud record in the motorsport arena is, of course, dominated by the Silver Arrows that have become part of car racing history. The creation of these vehicles alone, in 1934, is the stuff of legend, marking the beginning of an amazing run of successes, halted only by the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
So the first chapter in the Silver Arrow story was short, but incredibly successful. Drivers such as Manfred von Brauchitsch, Rudolf Caracciola, and Hermann Lang breathed life into the Silver Arrow legend, in the process becoming legends themselves. The second Silver Arrow era, which began in the early 1950s, brought even more impressive results. Germany had only just been rebuilt from the ruins when the silver sports cars and Formula One racing cars returned to the scene with a series of spectacular victories and world championship titles. And the magnificent Silver Arrow tradition was renewed once again in 1989 and 1990, when Mercedes-Benz sports prototype cars won two world championships. This record of outstanding achievement still continues today, in Formula One and DTM German Touring Car Championships.