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The revolutionary Avus racing car.

To mark the 125th anniversary of its involvement in motorsports, Mercedes-Benz Classic and Mercedes-AMG are sending some of their finest jewels to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (4 to 7 July 2019). 

One very special gem: the revolutionary 1932 Avus racing car with its streamlined body. This reconstructed vehicle will be presented to the public here for the first time. Manfred von Brauchitsch won the Avus race decisively in Berlin in 1932 in the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz SSKL. At the time, that vehicle was a precursor of todayʼs racing technology: only a few years later, streamlined car bodies were in widespread use as an important prerequisite for racing victories and records.

On 22 May 1932, Manfred von Brauchitsch won the Avus race decisively in Berlin in the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz SSKL.

On 22 May 1932, Manfred von Brauchitsch won the Avus race decisively in Berlin in the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz SSKL. 

Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld in the Mercedes-Benz SSKL racing sports car with streamlined body for the Avus race in Berlin on 22 May 1932.

Baron Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld in the Mercedes-Benz SSKL racing sports car with streamlined body for the Avus race in Berlin on 22 May 1932.

Insight into history.

This “silver arrow” offers a sensational insight into the history of Mercedes-Benz motorsports and the legendary Avus victory by racing driver Manfred von Brauchitsch on 22 May 1932: the streamlined body, designed by aerodynamics pioneer Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld (1899 to 1992), hugs the chassis of this powerful Mercedes-Benz SSKL supercharged racing car.

Its design concept makes this unique car the technological link between the powerful “White Elephants” of the Mercedes-Benz S series (W 06) of the late 1920s and the era of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows beginning in 1934. From todayʼs point of view, these racing cars have already been immortalised by the designation “Silver Arrow”, which a radio reporter coined for the streamlined Mercedes-Benz SSKL at the Avus race in 1932.

Highlight of this high-ranking event.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster:
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,5 l/100 km;
CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 284 g/km.¹

Mercedes-AMG GT R PRO:
Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12,4 l/100 km;
CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 284 g/km.¹

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the SSKL, built by Mercedes-Benz Classic to a high standard of historical authenticity, celebrates its world premiere and is, as a result, a highlight of this high-ranking international event of sporting mobility culture.

Mercedes-Benz Classic at Goodwood, with a total of 14 vehicles and other exhibits, all motorsport jewels from its own vehicle collection, commemorates the highlights of competitive motorcar racing since 1894. Mercedes-Benz brand ambassadors and racing drivers Ellen Lohr, Jochen Mass, Bernd Mayländer and Karl Wendlinger will also be present as drivers and contacts at the Festival of Speed. 

Mercedes-AMG is responsible for contributing many additional high-performance features. This performance and sports car brand has motorsports in its genes – and corresponding motorcars on offer. In Goodwood, there is to be a world premiere: the latest compact sports car from Affalterbach is to be unveiled for the first time. The GT R Roadster will be in action on the hillclimb course at Goodwood House, together with the most hardcore member of the GT family, the GT R PRO.

Avus race on 22 May 1932 in Berlin. Manfred von Brauchitsch in the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz SSKL.

Avus race on 22 May 1932 in Berlin. Manfred von Brauchitsch in the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz SSKL. 

Reconstructed to original plans.

The SSKL project was implemented with a tight schedule: after much research and preliminary planning, actual work on the vehicle began in January 2019. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2019, the Avus racing car will be on show as a static exhibit. Over the course of 2019, Mercedes-Benz Classic will prepare the SSKL for on-the-track driving action.

These are the most crucial points of the reconstruction:

  • Drilled SSKL lightening holes in the chassis in line with the original drawings helped to make the SSK, which was used as the base model, 125 kg lighter.
  • Complete reconstruction of the streamlined bodywork according to historical documents. For this purpose, the experts researched the archives of Mercedes-Benz Classic and those at Schloss Fachsenfeld, which the engineer and inventor Reinhard von Koenig-Fachsenfeld transferred to a foundation in 1982.

Special presentation at the “Driver’s Club”.

At the festival grounds in the Goodwood House park, which was built in the 18th century as the official residence of the Dukes of Richmond, Mercedes-Benz will be providing two focal points. In the “Driverʼs Club”, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, five outstanding exhibits representing the unique history of motorsports from 1894 to the present day will be on show.

  • Daimler two-cylinder V-engine: At the special presentation on “125 Years of Motorsports”, this engine serves to remind us of the winning vehicles and their reliable Daimler engines that dominated the worldʼs first competitive motorcar competition from Paris to Rouen in July 1894.
  • Benz 200 PS “Blitzen Benz” record-setting car: This car recalls the breathtaking speed records of over 200 km/h in the years before the First World War and sums up the motto of the Festival of Speed 2019: “Speed Kings – Motorsportʼs Record Breakers.”
  • Mercedes-Benz 750-kg W 125 racing car and Mercedes-Benz Formula One W 196 R racing car with the streamlined body: These racing cars embody the championships won by the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows in the two classic epochs in the 1930s and 1950s. 
  • Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ Formula One racing car: This racing car represents the fifth consecutive double Formula One World Championship won by the “Silver Arrows” with both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in 2018. 

An outdoor lounge area with a stand manned by Mercedes-AMG Formula One partner Seedlip enriches the special exhibition at this particularly prominent and popular point on the festival grounds.

 Mercedes-Benz Classic is presenting further highlights in its own paddock.

Mercedes-Benz Classic is presenting further highlights in its own paddock.

Racing legends.

There will be nine further highlights from Mercedes-Benz Classic in the companyʼs own paddock. Four of these racing legends can also be experienced in action on the Goodwood hillclimb course.

  1. Mercedes-Benz 1.5-litre W 165 racing car
  2. Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S)
  3. Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II DTM touring car (W 201) 
  4. Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM (C 205)

In addition to the Avus racing car as the highlight of the permanent presentation in the paddock, Mercedes-Benz Classic will be showing three other exhibits there.

  1. Daimler V2 engine
  2. Mercedes-Benz 750 kg W 25 racing car
  3. Sauber-Mercedes C 9

Four days of mobile high sports culture.

Mercedes-Benz is a regular guest at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, South-East England. This year the festival will begin at the Duke of Richmond country estate in England, affectionately referred to as “the worldʼs largest motorised garden party”, on Thursday, 4 July 2019. In addition to the vehicle exhibition in the paddocks, the FoS Future Lab, the Forest Rally Stage and the enlarged Action Sports Zone will start on the same day. On Friday, 5 July 2019, the first Formula One cars will tackle the hillclimb course and the new arena will open with stunts and breathtaking demonstrations.

 Mercedes-Benz was also represented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in 2018.

Mercedes-Benz was also represented at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in 2018.

 The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing car (W 196 S) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2018.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR racing car (W 196 S) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​2018.

Racing cars from all over the world.

Saturday, 6 July 2019, offers the full programme in all the attraction areas and guarantees the presence of numerous racing drivers and racing cars from all over the world. At the Shootout Sunday, on Sunday, 7 July 2019, the programme includes the final of the record runs on the hillclimb course – the record set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 has remained unbroken since 1999.

Goodwood, which has also played host to the Goodwood Revival since 1998 on the nearby Goodwood Circuit race track, has for many decades been imbued with the spirit of automotive sportiness: the hillclimb course, which has been at the centre of the Festival of Speed since 1993, has its roots in the 1930s, when Frederick Gordon-Lennox, the 9th Duke of Richmond and called “Freddie” by his racing enthusiast friends, staged a hillclimb event for the Lancia Car Club for the first time. His grandson, Charles Gordon-Lennox, today the 11th Duke of Richmond, continued this tradition with the founding of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1993.

Image gallery.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic cars and exhibits at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 28.06.2019.

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.