Most successful season: Mercedes-Benz ends the 1955 season with a double triumph: in Formula 1, Juan Manuel Fangio wins the second World Championship in a row in the W 196 R. And with the 300 SLR racing car (W 196 S), the brand from Stuttgart wins the World Sportscar Championship. The all-time summit is achieved when Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson win the Mille Miglia in the best time ever attained in the legendary road race. A modern echo of this most successful season in the history of motorsport is the Mercedes-AMG double championship in Formula 1 and DTM in 2018.
Blue Wonder: Alongside the Mercedes-Benz racing car stars of the 1950s themselves, there is also a racing car high-speed transporter. The vehicle is created as a one-off with parts for the Mercedes-Benz models 300 S (X-tubular frame), 300 SL (engine) and 180 (doors). There are also many individually created components.
Long-distance athlete: After the end of the 1955 season, Mercedes-Benz, at the height of its success, withdraws from Formula 1 and from sports car racing. The brand instead concentrates on production vehicle development. Rally sport is one of the areas to benefit from this, in which, in the late 1950s and the early 1960s, near-production Mercedes-Benz vehicles are very successful. There are further rally successes in the late 1970s and early 1980s for the SLC Coupés (C 107) and the G-model (overall victory at the 1983 Paris-Dakar Rally).
A passion for performance: In 1967, Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher founded the AMG engineering office. Starting with the small operation that prepares or optimises Mercedes-Benz production vehicles for racing results in today’s sports car and performance brand Mercedes-AMG.
Record icons: The C 111, a futuristic study for a super sports car with a Wankel engine presented in 1969, results in a whole family of record vehicles. From 1976 to 1979, they set countless speed records with diesel and petrol engines with speeds of up to 403.978 km/h (C 111-IV).
Return to the circuit: Mercedes-Benz re-enters international racing in Group C, first as an engine supplier for the Sauber racing team in 1985 and then as an official Sauber-Mercedes works team from 1988. A further golden age is the era of the FIA-GT Championship with wins in 1997 and 1998.
Champion generator: The innovative compact class (W 201), a predecessor of today’s C-Class, becomes the basis of the DTM successes of Mercedes-Benz. From 1986 on, initially private drivers take part in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship or DTM) with the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16. The 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution (1989) and Evolution II (1990) DTM racing cars are legendary. Mercedes-Benz wins the DTM Manufacturers’ Championship in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995. Klaus Ludwig (1992 and 1994) and Bernd Schneider (1995) are DTM champions in this time whilst driving Mercedes-Benz.
The second DTM: After the end of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft and the International Touring Car Championship in 1996, from 2000 Mercedes-Benz takes part in the successor racing series Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (German Touring Car Masters or DTM). Until the triumphant final season of 2018 (winning the Drivers’, Team and Manufacturers’ Championship), Mercedes-Benz provides the DTM champion eight times and wins the Manufacturers’ Championship ten times.
The customer is racing king: Since 2010, Mercedes-Benz has offered customer sport racing cars based on the Mercedes-AMG high-performance sports car. After the successful premiere with the SLS AMG GT3, currently the Mercedes-AMG GT3 (2016) and Mercedes-AMG GT4 (2017) models based on the Mercedes-AMG GT (combined fuel consumption: 12.5–11.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 284–261 g/km*) are in use.
Silver Arrow renaissance: Mercedes-Benz has been involved in Formula 1 again since the 1994 season. Initially, the Sauber team is the partner in the premier class of racing and from the 1995 season, it is McLaren. In 2010, however, its own works team starts again for the first time. The new Silver Arrows of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport are as successful today as their legendary predecessors were in the 1930s and 1950s: from 2014 to 2018, the team has won five Drivers’ World Championships and five Constructors’ World Championships in a row. Lewis Hamilton has been a part of the team since 2013. During this period, he wins 52 Grand Prixes and is World Champion in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Nico Rosberg wins the title.
High-voltage racing: In the anniversary year of 125 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport, the brand from Stuttgart is opening a new future chapter of racing. From the 2019/20 season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport will be taking part in Formula E, the racing series for battery-powered racing cars, as the Mercedes EQ Formula E team.
Experiencing history: Mercedes-Benz Classic regularly sends racing vehicles from the company’s own collection to international events. And, in the steep curve of the exhibition area Legend 7: Silver Arrows – Races and Records, the Mercedes-Benz Museum lets many highlights of 125 years of motorsport come to life.