Mercedes-Benz Classic celebrates 120 years of motor sport history with strong commitment to historic motor racing

Mercedes-Benz Classic celebrates 120 years of motor sport history with strong commitment to historic motor racing

Apr 7, 2014
Stuttgart
  • Two vehicles take to the starting line: the “Racing Tailfin” in the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup and the 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II in the Youngtimer Trophy
  • Touring car races represent a particularly colourful and exciting chapter in the 120-year motor sport history of Mercedes-Benz
Stuttgart. – The 120 years of motor sport history at Mercedes-Benz reflect a unique kaleidoscope of glittering successes in a variety of different motor racing categories. Crowned by a number of legendary victories, the brand’s commitment to the sport of touring car racing in the 1960s, as well as the 1980s and 1990s, represents a particularly colourful and exciting chapter in the sporting heritage of the world’s oldest automotive manufacturer. Both eras are brought to life by the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup organised by the Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport e. V. (FHR, German Drivers’ Association for Historical Motor Racing) and the Youngtimer Trophy. For both race series, the 2014 season once again sees works racing cars from Mercedes-Benz Classic, constructed according to authentic standards, taking to the starting line. As a result, the brand’s traditional division is actively working to promote the upkeep of motorsport history in a particularly spirited manner.
Historic motor racing enables the competitive motor racing spirit of past eras to be brought back to life. This is particularly true of the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup – the world’s greatest historic long-distance racing series according to Appendix K – and also the Youngtimer Trophy. In 2014, a works racing car built by Mercedes-Benz Classic is once again taking part in each of the race series. There are four races on the Mercedes-Benz Classic racing calendar, taking place at the Nürburgring (North Loop and Grand-Prix circuit) and Spa-Francorchamps.
The current commitment to historic motor sport demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz Classic started back in 2011, when the traditional division of the Stuttgart-based brand built a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111) to take part in the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup. Since 2013, in addition to this vehicle which is affectionately referred to by fans as the “Racing Tailfin”, a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201, “ EVO II” for short) is also taking to the starting grid of the Youngtimer Trophy.
“Now, through the participation of our works racing cars in two series of historic motor racing, we are actively helping to keep the tradition of motor sport history very much alive,” explains Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “Our successful commitment evokes memories of the exciting highlights from 120 years of motor sport – the ‘magic moments’ of Mercedes-Benz.”
While the FHR Long-Distance Cup organised by the Fahrergemeinschaft Historischer Rennsport e. V. (FHR) pits GT vehicles and touring cars manufactured from 1947 to 1975 against each other, the Youngtimer Trophy is for vehicles dating from 1966 to 1990. The regulations for both race series are essentially geared towards the standards applicable to the homologation of the original historic models. This helps to ensure the maximum authenticity and originality of the racing cars which take part.
The Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup and the Youngtimer Trophy represent two different eras of touring car motor sport – and yet at the same time also complement each other in an ideal manner. This is because the races for both series take place within major historic competitions forming part of the same race weekends.
For the 2014 season, the works racing cars of Mercedes-Benz Classic are taking part in the Historic Trophy Nürburgring on the famous North Loop (30 May to 1 June 2014), the ADAC 24h Classic Races at the Nürburgring (19 to 22 June 2014), the Spa Race Festival at Spa-Francorchamps (18 to 20 July 2014), and the Westfalen Trophy at the Nürburgring (17 to 19 October 2014).
Returning to the scene of the great successes of 120 years of motor sport
This season too, the touring cars will once again be taking to the circuits at which Mercedes-Benz motor racing history has been written. The Nürburgring in particular has a close connection with the motor sport history of the Stuttgart-based brand: even at the opening race on 19 June 1927, Rudolf Caracciola emerged victorious ahead of team mate Adolf Rosenberger in a Mercedes-Benz model S. And in 1990, the Nürburgring was also the venue for the competitive debut of a 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II.
Taking on the role of special ambassador for the 120-year motor sport anniversary of Mercedes-Benz is the 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II, evoking memories of the first victory achieved by Mercedes-Benz in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM). This is because for its second season as the works racing car competing in the Youngtimer Trophy, the motor racing touring car built in line with Group A regulations has been kitted out with special body  stickers: historic images on the body panels of the works racing car tell the story of the brand’s motor sport history, from its origins some 120 years ago through to the current motor racing achievements of Mercedes-Benz.
The 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II is the second stage of a motor racing touring car developed for DTM on the basis of the W 201 model series. In the years from 1990 to 1992, Mercedes-Benz achieved a one-two-three victory with this vehicle in the overall DTM rankings in 1992 (championship title for Klaus Ludwig, ahead of Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider) as well as 2nd place in the overall rankings in 1993 (championship runner-up title for Roland Asch in the 190 E AMG Class 1).
The 220 SE “Tailfin” Saloon (W 111) is already enjoying its fourth season competing in the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup. Sporting an authentic grey paint finish, the car complies with the provisions of Appendix K to the international sports law issued by the FIA (Féderation Internationale de l’A utomobile). The major successes achieved by the 220 SE in the 1960s include victories at the European Rally Championships in 1960 and 1962, as well a win for Ewy Rosqvist and Ursula Wirth at the VI Argentinian Touring Car Grand Prix of 1962 (VI Gran Premio Internacional Standard Supermóvil YPF).

Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicles in the Dunlop FHR Long-Distance Cup and Youngtimer Trophy in 2014
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111) “FIA Appendix K”
Staying true to the 1960s, this competition vehicle is technically extremely close to the series production model. The customary modifications include the reinforcement of chassis elements and body components, an increase in the size of the fuel tank and optimisation of the engine characteristics.
Technical data
Production period: 1959-1965
Cylinders: 6/in-line
Displacement: 2,195 cc
Output: 88 kW (120 hp) at 4,800 rpm
Top speed: approx. 170 km/h
Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 EVO II, Group A (W 201)
Work on this second development stage of a DTM racing car based on the compact-class W 201 started in August 1989. The vehicles were developed by the in-house Mercedes-Benz sport technology (st) department. The Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II celebrated its racing debut on 16 June 1990 on the North Loop of the Nürburgring.
Technical data
Production period: 1990
Cylinders: 4/in-line
Displacement: 2,463 cc
Output: 173 kW (235 hp) at 7,200 rpm
Top speed: approx. 250 km/h
Eifel Race at the Nürburgring, 19.04.1992. Roland Asch (start number 17) won the second race in an AMG-Mercedes 190 E 2.5-16 racing tourer.
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First season: Mercedes-Benz Classic 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) works racing car taking part in the Youngtimer Trophy at the Nürburgring in October 2013.
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Mercedes-Benz Classic 220 SE (W 111) works racing car, affectionately referred to by fans as the “Racing Fintail”, at the ADAC Eifel Race in 2013.
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Ready for the off: Mercedes-Benz Classic 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) works racing car. Before the start of the Youngtimer Trophy at the Nürburgring in October 2013.
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Pit stop: the Mercedes-Benz Classic 220 SE (W 111) works racing car, affectionately referred to by fans as the “Racing Fintail”, at the ADAC Eifel Race in 2013.
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First season: Mercedes-Benz Classic 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201) works racing car taking part in the Youngtimer Trophy at the Nürburgring in October 2013.
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Magical moments: 120 years of motor sport - 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (W 201)
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Mercedes-Benz type 220 SE (W 111), modified by Mercedes-Benz Classic for historic motor sports. Photo of the race in Spa-Francorchamps on 21./22. September 2012 of the Fahrergemeinschaft historischer Rennsport e.V. (FHR) where the car won it’s class (drivers: Roland Asch and Gregor Schulz).
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Mercedes-Benz type 220 SE (W 111), modified by Mercedes-Benz Classic for historic motor sports. Photo of the race in Spa-Francorchamps on 21./22. September 2012 of the Fahrergemeinschaft historischer Rennsport e.V. (FHR) where the car won it’s class (drivers: Roland Asch and Gregor Schulz).
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The Touring Car Grand Prix of Argentina, from 25 October to 4 November 1962, took place over a distance of more than 4600 kilometres. The Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W 111) with the starting number 711. The roof was painted white to reflect the sun´s rays better and therefore prevent the interior from heating up
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