Mercedes-Benz at Mille Miglia 2015.
Record win 60 years ago.
In 1955 Mercedes-Benz claimed overall victory in Italy’s prestigious Mille Miglia race. The race, which remains a legend to this day, was won by Sir Stirling Moss, now aged 85, who covered the 1,000 miles in just 10:07:48. As a special highlight at Mille Miglia 2015, Sir Stirling Moss and his team colleague of the time, Hans Herrman, will be taking to the wheels of the very 300 SLR cars that they drove to victory – 60 years down the road. Appearances by the two legends are still greeted with wild enthusiasm by the spectators lining the roads today. Juan Manuel Fangio, who took second place in 1955, was represented at the wheel of the 300 SLR with starting number 658 first by Susie Wolff and then by Ralf Schumacher.
A great spectacle. Thrilled spectators.
This year, Mercedes-Benz fielded five pre-war vehicles, as well as several 300 SLs and three 300 SLRs from the historic Mille Miglia. The race traditionally begins in Brescia near Lake Garda, from where around 500 vehicles set off in bright sunshine on the first leg of the race, taking them via Sirmione to Rimini. To this day, the drivers are still cheered on by hundreds of thrilled spectators along the route.
Narrow streets. Picturesque landscapes.
The second leg takes the vehicles through the narrow streets and corners from Rimini to the next destination, Rome. Although they still have a long journey ahead of them, the strain is taking a visible toll on the competitors. This makes the record time (ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds) achieved by Stirling Moss in 1955 even more impressive.
The third leg from Rome to Parma is more than 600 kilometres long. Although it is the longest stretch, many also regard it as the best part of the rally. The route takes the participants through Tuscany's picturesque landscapes and breathtaking waypoints in Siena and Pisa. Following a stop at the racetrack in Monza the final day takes the drivers back to Brescia.
Mille Miglia special edition.
In addition to the classics of yesteryear, 15 SLs from the “Mille Miglia” limited special edition also went along for the ride as part of Mercedes-Benz’s tribute to the race. With their matt black paintwork and red highlights on the front and rear aprons, the fleet of SLs turned plenty of heads along the way. One of these dream cars was crewed by the two lucky winners of the Mercedes me competition which was held in the run-up to this year’s race.
SL 500: Fuel consumption combined: 9.2-9.1 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 214-212 g/km.*