The wunderkind of Nardò.
Squealing tyres, temperatures at the threshold of pain, men running with sweat – and contagious jubilations: this is what the jackpot looked like for Mercedes-Benz engineers, technicians and test drivers in August of 1983. The “Red” team from the test department had just circled the globe: on the world's fastest circular test track, the Pista di Nardò.
It took 201 hours, 39 minutes and 43 seconds to cover a distance of 50,000 km and set three world records and nine class records. And a vehicle that could stay the course: as the 190 E 2.3-16, the “Baby Benz” set out to revolutionize the history of the automobile.