Nations Challenge: Germany, England and Italy compete with each other in a Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG.

Nations challenge.

Nation’s Challenge: Germany, England and Italy compete with each other in a Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG.

Fuel consumption combined: 7.1-6.9 l/100km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 165-161 g/km.*

A special kind of showdown.

In the run-up to the exhibition matches Germany versus England and Italy, Mercedes-Benz hosts a special kind of showdown. The idea was this: how well can racing drivers play football?

And are footballers able to compete with racing drivers? Each of the three nations was represented by a team consisting of a former footballer and a professional racing driver.

One soccer star and one racecar driver make up the National Team for the Challenge.
The German team, consisting of Pascal Wehrlein and Thomas Doll, came second place.

The teams.

Thomas Doll, former national team member and football coach, and DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein stepped forward for Germany. The former Formula 1 driver Vitantonio “Tonio” Liuzzi and the top goal scorer in the 1990 World Cup, Salvatore “Totò” Schillaci, formed the Italian team. The two-times Champions League winner and former national squad member Owen Hargreaves and Formula 3 driver Alexander Lynn represented England in this international contest. Four different modules in which the six protagonists had to demonstrate their driving and football skills awaited the three teams.

Extreme athletes among their own kind.

But an athlete of a different kind was also in the limelight during the event – the teams had to demonstrate their skills on the racetrack and skid pad in the A 45 AMG. With a peak output of 265 kW (360 hp) and maximum torque of 450 Nm, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is the world’s most powerful four-cylinder in series production. Its sensational power density of 133 kW (181 hp) per litre exceeds that of even the most powerful super sports cars. At the same time it impresses with outstanding efficiency and meets the EU6 emission standard. Its NEDC combined fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres means that the A 45 AMG leads its segment in this respect as well.

It quickly became clear that the sporty 360 hp model was right in its element.

Even if England gained the final victory with a result of 11 points – eventually, all the participants have won this challenge. 'I felt real racing excitement in the AMG' said Italian racing driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.

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