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G-Class / Production of limited G 500 4x4² comes to an end
« Last post by fasteddy on October 17, 2017, 03:41:00 PM »
Stuttgart. One highlight of the G-Class model range, the G 500 4x42 (combined fuel consumption: 13.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 323 g/km), can only be ordered until the end of October. The phenomenal response to the show car had led to the series production of this special model, which comes with such features as portal axles. The first models of the G 500 4x42 arrived in the showrooms in December 2015.

Developed for extreme off-road use, the portal axles are the technical highlight of the G 500 4x42. In contrast to conventional rigid axles, the wheels are not at the height of the axle centre, but are instead much lower down on the axle heads due to the portal transmission. This increases the ground clearance to 450 millimetres and the fording depth – or rather the diving depth - to 1000 millimetres.

The on-road performance of the special model is equally impressive thanks to the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with its 310 kW (422 hp). Due to the significantly wider track of the portal axles compared with the standard vehicle (+ 299 mm), large 22-inch wheels with 325/55 R 22 tyres and adjustable damping with a Sport mode, the superior G-Class corners dynamically despite its higher centre of gravity. The G 500 4x42 can still be ordered until the end of October at prices starting at 231,693 euros[1].

[1] Non-binding recommended price for Germany including 19% VAT.
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Stuttgart / São Paulo – Mercedes-Benz do Brasil won the tender by the Brazilian ministry of health for a large-scale order. In total the Daimler subsidiary will deliver 800 Mercedes-Benz ambulance Sprinter to the ministry’s mobile emergency services. The first 225 units were already handed over and will be put to action all over the country immediately. Decisive for the ministry’s choice was the Sprinter’s advanced technology, high reliability as well as its low operating costs. Its spacious interior offers paramedics plenty of room for equipment and professional medical care. The Sprinter’s success in South America helped Mercedes-Benz do Brasil to increase its market share in the highly competitive large-van segment up to 33.9 percent – a growth of 9 percentage points compared to the previous year’s result at this time (YtD 09/2017). Since 2012 Mercedes-Benz’ market share grew almost 20 percentage points.
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Formula One / 2017 United States Grand Prix - Preview
« Last post by fasteddy on October 17, 2017, 03:33:33 PM »
Still four races to go and 100 points to score: we can take nothing for granted as we fly to Austin this week. We approach every race with a healthy dose of scepticism rather than wishful thinking, and our focus must be on making sure we score every point within our reach this weekend in Austin.

Since we began the final flyaway leg of the season, we have seen a strong points swing in our favour in both championships. Good fortune has played its part, of course – and we have put ourselves in the right position to make the most of the opportunities that have come our way. But nobody within the team is allowing those good results to disguise the challenges we have faced.

We returned from those races with a lot more understanding of our car and of the reasons for the performance swings we have experienced this season. Some of that understanding is already being applied to the final races, some of it will flow into next year’s project. But the bitter taste of our defeat in Malaysia once again confirmed that the tough days are the ones when you learn most – and when you lay the foundations for future success.

Likewise, we have maintained clear sight of the reasons for our success this year. The team is operating at an incredibly high level in every area and continuing to develop; we have applied an obsessive attention to detail to how we go racing over the past three seasons; and we have continued to develop our car at a competitive rate through the season. Our mindset has always been one of constant improvement, regardless of the results we were enjoying, and this is now paying off.

We must also add our drivers to our list of strengths. Lewis has driven brilliantly this year – and since the summer break in particular, he has been on another level. It has been impressive to watch him extracting everything from the car and working with the team to solve problems and improve even further. Valtteri has had a tougher time in recent races – but he demonstrated his work ethic and character to deliver a strong weekend in Suzuka, and he will be aiming to build on this performance in the final four rounds.

As a venue, Austin offers our sport a fantastic home in the United States, combining a state-of-the-art race track with an exciting destination city. The organisers have worked hard to build the event character of the weekend and there are some exciting moments planned for this weekend, too. We will be aiming to play our part by delivering an exciting and successful performance on the track.

Featured this Week: The Team behind the Glamour

Since arriving on the Formula One calendar as home to the United States Grand Prix in 2012, the Circuit of The Americas has established itself as a firm favourite amongst teams, drivers and fans alike. On the surface, the lively party city of Austin might not quite rival the more obvious glamour of races like Monaco and Singapore – but no race on the calendar is a tougher test in terms of marketing operations for the teams.

This week’s race is a sell-out for our hospitality operations. And to give just a snapshot of the scale, the team will host more than 1,000 guests over the course of the three-day race weekend. 210 VIPs will enjoy the luxury of the Silver Arrows Lounge – the team’s Paddock Club Suite, which looks out over the Silver Arrows garage – from Friday to Sunday, while another 40 guests will be entertained in the team’s paddock hospitality unit on each of those days.

International media are also welcomed, pushing the number of people passing through the team’s doors up to 150 per day – and all this without the benefit of the spacious motorhome seen at the European races!

Over the course of a busy U.S. Grand Prix week, the team can expect to serve around 1,700 meals. That’s 500 per day from Friday to Saturday as the crew cater for the media, Paddock Club guests and other team VIPs.

It really is a schedule to rival the engineering programme. And to manage it, the team requires 14 marketing personnel on site, ranging from partner services executives to hospitality managers. Assisting them are 13 of the very best, hand-picked hospitality staff, speaking six languages between them to ensure each and every guest from around the world enjoys the full Silver Arrows experience.

A typical day for a Paddock Club attendee starts with an introduction in the Silver Arrows Lounge. Guests are then entertained with commentary and insight from the team’s expert moderators, followed by the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at life inside the team – an in-depth tour of the garage.

A lucky few will then get to experience a session live from inside the garage from the team’s viewing gallery. With space for 10 guests, this exclusive area is tucked neatly at the back of the garage, offering an unrivalled insight into the hub of the team’s on-track operations. And that’s not all… these guests also get the chance to meet the drivers before settling down for drinks and dinner – the true VIP experience!

Initial planning for the United States Prix actually started before the W08 rolled out for the first time on a windy day at Silverstone in February, with reservations rolling in since March. Two weeks before the race itself, the hospitality team will package and distribute all 210 guest tickets in individually designed boxes, customised per partner, in addition to preparing minute-by-minute schedules for each of those partner groups.

Work on the Silver Arrows Lounge itself begins the Sunday before the race, with the stunning suite – of the team’s own unique design, matching the motorhome – built from the floor up. Covering 360 square metres in Austin, the impressive suite takes a crew of seven people almost five days to build from start to finish, working for approximately 10 to 12 hours per day. And perhaps even more incredibly, it takes a whopping 74 freight cases to transport all the necessary kit from race to race.

While all eyes are on the track, there’s plenty more going on behind-the-scenes as the team coordinates a guest programme to rival the very biggest and best in world sport. And the guest programme holds extra significance on this particular weekend too, with some exciting news to follow from across our partner portfolio… watch this space!
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Stuttgart, Germany – Daimler AG aims to further focus and strengthen the Group’s corporate structure through the creation of legally independent entities. In addition to the existing legally independent division Financial Services, the divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans as well as Daimler Trucks & Buses may be transferred into two legally independent entities to take greater entrepreneurial responsibility. This project intends to strengthen the future viability of the business units and better utilize the potential for growth and earnings in the various markets. Safeguarding Daimler’s future is based on three pillars: protecting and increasing the company’s success, pushing forward with shaping the future for the employees, and ensuring the long-term commitment of investors.

Based on the positive results of a feasibility study, the Board of Management today decided, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board, to continue with the project and in this context to take preparatory measures. Daimler will invest a three-digit million euro amount for these first steps.

Close consultation is taking place with the employee representatives; an agreement has been reached on the cornerstones of a balance of interests to secure Daimler’s employees’ future. Major elements are the extension of the agreement on safeguarding employment until the end of 2029 (»Zukunftssicherung 2030«), increasing the funded status of pension obligations and an extension of the common profit-sharing bonus of Daimler AG.

“Daimler is today facing an exceptional challenge: On the one hand, we are more successful than ever before; on the other hand, our business is changing like never before,” stated Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Whoever aims for sustainable competitiveness and profitability must continuously evolve and adapt to rapidly changing surroundings – technologically, culturally and also structurally. We are following a straight-forward strategy and have decided to examine a new divisional structure for our company against this backdrop, to make sure we are optimally prepared for the challenges in the new automotive era.”

With the possible implementation of a new structure under the roof and lead of Daimler AG, there would be three independent entities: Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans and Daimler Trucks & Buses as two new entities, and the existing legally independent Daimler Financial Services AG. The three entities would continue to have their registered offices in Germany. Daimler AG does not plan to divest any of its divisions.

“We want to secure Daimler’s future from a position of strength. For that reason, we not only need to be as close as possible to our customers’ pulse, but also to be able to react as quickly and flexible as possible to market developments and a fundamentally changing competitive environment,” explained Bodo Uebber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management responsible for Finance & Controlling and Daimler Financial Services. “With this project, we are creating the conditions for greater customer and market focus and therefore more growth opportunities. Not only our customers and investors, but above all our employees would benefit from that. We are cooperating with the employee representatives at all levels."

Under the roof and the lead of Daimler AG strong divisions would be created with own entrepreneurial responsibility and high value added potential, and so being prepared with even more market and customer focus for the challenges in the new automotive era. At the same time it would be assured that the synergies would remain unchanged. The Group does not pursue any savings or efficiency programs or the intention to cut jobs.

With a stronger divisional structure, Daimler will have a consistent and best-possible focus on the future to set standards worldwide in products and mobility services as a corporate family. With this project, Daimler is enabling focused cooperation and partnerships, securing necessary investments in technological transformation and digitization, and addressing changed customer behavior and market volatility.

In connection with the balance of interests, Daimler plans a contribution of €3.0 billion from liquid funds to the German pension fund of Daimler AG in the fourth quarter 2017, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board. This is to increase to funded status of the pension obligations. Furthermore, the company is reinforcing its employees’ pension commitments and intends to contribute to the strengthening Daimler’s A-Rating.

Until now, neither the Board of Management nor the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has made a final decision on implementing the new structure for the Daimler Group. Both boards will come to a final resolution after the ongoing assessments and negotiations have been completed, such as tax-related issues or a comprehensive due diligence. Should the Board of Management and Supervisory Board decide to finally implement the new Group structure, those measures would require the approval of a shareholders’ meeting of Daimler AG. Such a motion could be voted on at the earliest at a shareholders’ meeting in the year 2019.
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Stuttgart / São Bernardo do Campo – Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will be investing around 600 million euros into its commercial vehicle business in Brazil over the next five years. This underlines the strong commitment of the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in Latin America to the Brazilian market. The investments are going into the modernization of the product lineup, digital services, and into the two biggest production plants in São Bernardo do Campo and Juiz de Fora. By 2022, both plants are going to meet highest production standards to be even more efficient and competitive. Daimler has been investing around one billion euros into its Brazilian production site since 2010.

Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Daimler Buses: “Our commitment to Brazil remains strong and we continue to invest into our regional market presence. Almost the half of all commercial vehicles on Brazil’s streets are older than 20 years. These vehicles must be replaced. We will be ready when the market comes back. With investing around 600 million euros, we are preparing for the future.”

Daimler increases its market share in Brazil

Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks: “The Brazilian market remains weak, but our products are strong. We have been able to expand our market share in this challenging market. This shows: We know what our customers in Brazil want and offer them the right products – for Brazil and increasingly for export markets.”

Despite facing a very difficult economic situation in Brazil and a declining commercial vehicle market over the last years, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has improved its market position in the truck and van business. Mercedes-Benz Trucks remains number one with an interim market share of 29.4 percent, an increase of 0.7 percentage points in comparison to the same period in the previous year. Mercedes-Benz Vans also increased its market share in the segment of large transporter to 32.9 percent (+7.0 % pts.; YtD 7/2017). Daimler Buses was able to defend its undisputed market leadership in Brazil, reaching a total market share of 49.1 percent (YtD 7/2017).

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil increased export by 42 percent

Mercedes-Benz products from Brazil are gaining increasing popularity in foreign markets. This year, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil already exported 10,000 commercial verhicles – an increase by 27 percent in comparison to the same period in the previous year (YtD 8/2017). Especially the truck export showed a strong growth. Around 6,000 trucks have already been exported, a growth by 42 percent. The export of bus chassis picked up by 15 percent to around 4,300 units.

Mercedes-Benz products from Brazil are particular popular in neighboring Latin American countries. But the demand for the robust commercial verhicles rises also in countries in the Middel East and North Africa - countries with similar transport requirements and road conditions.
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Formula One / 2017 Japanese Grand Prix - Sunday
« Last post by fasteddy on October 10, 2017, 05:25:27 PM »
Lewis Hamilton

The start was okay, although the initial getaway was not spectacularly good, I had a bit of wheel spin. But from then on I had a good start and it was pretty much under control from there. I was trying to manage the pace and the tyres; it was a long way to go, it was the hottest the track had been all weekend, so that was really crucial. With the VSC towards the end, I lost a lot of temperatures in the tyres and waking them up was not so easy. I got stuck behind traffic, I was losing so much time and Max’ car was so big in my mirror. It was very close for a couple laps, but I was able to keep it together. It was not an easy walk in the park today, it was a win that I had to work very hard for. Great race by Max, I enjoyed racing him. It’s almost unbelievable to think we are where we are in the championship. I was excited to race Sebastian today, but he was obviously very unfortunate. It’s still a long way to go, there are still a hundred points. I’m just going to keep my head down and hopefully will continue to be in a form like this.

Valtteri Bottas

It was a close fight; especially in the end I was getting closer to Daniel, but there just was not enough time anymore and the VSC didn’t help either. The pace seemed to be okay, but coming to this race we always knew that overtaking is tricky. The strategy was good for me today. It created a good opportunity in the end, otherwise it would have been really difficult to even get close. The race was close to our game plan, but it would have been nice to be on the podium. We went through all of the scenarios before the race, so when Lewis caught up to me after his pit stop, of course I tried to help him win. I’ve definitely learned a lot again from this weekend. I now want to focus on the last few races, make the most out of them and see where we end up this year. I’m looking forward to Austin. I enjoy the track very much; it’s where I got my first points in Formula One and I always love going back there. 

Toto Wolff

This was another perfect performance from Lewis. He controlled the race from start to finish, taking nothing more out of the tyres and engine than he needed to at any point. It got close with Max at a few points, especially in the closing laps when they came up on traffic and were struggling for tyre temperature, but he kept cool and brought it home to the flag. As for Valtteri, he recovered well from the gearbox penalty to claim P4 and come within a few tenths of a second of the podium. He had strong pace today and never gave up pushing to the end, it was a real battling drive. One look at the points standings might give us some brief comfort but there are still four races to go, 100 points to win in the drivers’ title and, if the past weeks have shown us anything at all, it’s that anything can happen in motorsport. We take no prisoners in how we claim our points – but we are all conscious that we have benefited from our rivals’ misfortune and reliability woes in recent weeks. So nothing changes in our approach: we must take the next races one at a time, push to better understand the car and keep our humble attitude. That is the approach that has worked for us so far and the way we will continue until the final race in Abu Dhabi.

James Allison

Having departed Sepang with a good result but in poor spirits because of a tricky weekend, and having arrived here under a bit of a cloud regarding the performance of our car, it is nice to be leaving this weekend with an even stronger result and also off the back of a fine performance in qualifying and the race. This was welcome on many levels: first, for both championships; second, because we were able to categorically answer the questions regarding the development direction of our car; third because this was the vindication of a team that, even when it takes a blow, can spring right back up and apply itself to the challenge with fresh vigour. We have not exorcised all of our Sepang demons but every result like that is an opportunity to learn and improve. We have seen some of that learning applied here in Suzuka and we will continue to do the same for the remainder of the year.
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Formula One / 2017 Japanese Grand Prix - Saturday
« Last post by fasteddy on October 10, 2017, 05:24:27 PM »
Lewis Hamilton

I’ve been coming here for so long, but it’s my first pole here at Suzuka! It was definitely worth the wait. I didn’t make one mistake all session and just kept getting better and better. We built the foundation in Q1 and then just built upon it as qualifying developed. I’ve been waiting all weekend for that moment, for that lap in Q3 – and it feels so good when that comes together. It’s incredible to come here with this car and drive on this track. It’s always been one of the greatest but with this car, it’s mind-blowing, I wish everyone could feel what we feel. It’s always been a crazy rollercoaster ride, but with the downforce on these cars, it’s insane. The way you can throw the car around, I love that. We know how quick the Ferraris were in Malaysia, so it’l l be interesting to see how we compare. We’ve put ourselves in the right position to get the job done on Sunday. I don’t know if people watching realise how much effort goes into qualifying, but the team worked perfectly to get me out at the right time, into space on track and allow me to do what I needed to do – I’m so grateful for that. They did a great job, I hope I can capitalise on that tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas

It was a tricky day. I had a bit of an off in FP3 and the car was damaged. But the guys did a great job getting the car back together, everything worked perfectly. It’s been a few tough races, I’ve been off the pace quite a lot. So now I’m at least a bit closer and with the limited running we had today, it really wasn’t too bad. But it’s a shame to lose the position due to a grid penalty. The car has been feeling really different this weekend compared to last week. I was able to trust it more and drive a bit more naturally which always makes the result better. I should never lose self-confidence; it’s the key in this sport. I just need to carry on, keep chipping away and learning from everything. I’m going to start on the Soft tyre, so I think we have a chance to try a different strategy to all the other cars around. So hopefully we can gain a few places as overtaking is very difficult on this track.

Toto Wolff

The car has been performing well all day – the combination of track surface, layout and temperatures is suiting us much better than a week ago in Sepang. The swings of performance we have seen this season prove that this is a complicated science for each of the teams, and that small factors make a big difference to the final result. Today’s result brings us another piece of the puzzle to help our understanding. As for the performance this afternoon, Lewis was untouchable today; he just built up the performance level lap by lap and improved with every run. It was a day that shows why he is one of the best of all time. On the other side of the garage, Valtteri did everything he needed to. He will start on the Soft tyre, which will open up alternative strategies for him tomorrow, and delivered a very strong performance in Q3, finding time on each lap. Overall, a great starting point for tomorrow’s race. But the hard work is still to be done.

James Allison

We had a good feeling with the car yesterday, although the sessions were somewhat disturbed by the weather conditions, and that was truly underlined this afternoon with extremely solid performances from both cars in qualifying. One of the nice things about motor racing is the way that it offers a chance of redemption at every Grand Prix. After the difficulties we encountered in Sepang, we have come here and demonstrated in the most eloquent way possible that we mean business here in Suzuka. We know that we have to do it all again tomorrow, but this gives us the best possible starting point for that challenge.
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Formula One / 2017 Japanese Grand Prix - Friday
« Last post by fasteddy on October 06, 2017, 09:01:30 AM »
Lewis Hamilton

It’s been an interesting day, the car is feeling much better than it was in Malaysia. I’m glad that we had the dry session for FP1. In FP2, there was a lot of rain, but it felt really important to go out and assess the track and see how the car was feeling as the car was not good in the wet in Malaysia. The car feels back to normal, so I’m ready to race. The fans are pretty special here – to be out there in the rain, waiting for us to go out through the whole of FP2. That’s also another reason I wanted to go out and at least give them a little bit of a show. So hopefully at least they got to see something as not many cars went out.

Valtteri Bottas

We didn’t really run in FP2, so it’s a shame for the fans out there who were waiting to see us running. In practice one, the car did feel better than it did in Malaysia, but we still need to work on things to make the car quicker. As a starting point for the weekend, it definitely feels better than a week ago. My run with the Soft tyres was good, but with the SuperSoft, I didn’t really gain any grip. So the main thing for me is to understand the SuperSoft performance. The long runs actually weren’t too bad, and hopefully we’ll see better weather tomorrow.

James Allison

The weather forecasts for today were actually pretty unpromising from quite a long way out. We weren’t expecting much useful running at all in either of the sessions. So it was something of a blessing when we managed to get a largely dry FP1. We focused all our programme around trying to get as much race preparation as we could into that single programme. Although that may be an unusual session, it was actually quite a good one. Both cars getting their laps done, getting a feel for the car on high and low fuel and we were reasonably pleased with the initial balance and performance that the car is showing. Obviously after losing all of FP2 the rest of the weekend is still going to be something of a scramble, but at least we go into tomorrow knowing how we ought to set the car up for both qualifying and race.
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Navigation / American Made
« Last post by fasteddy on October 05, 2017, 03:55:10 PM »
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Daimler Heritage / 50 Years of AMG: Fascination of AMG at the Mercedes-Benz Museum
« Last post by fasteddy on October 04, 2017, 09:16:49 AM »
Stuttgart. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is presenting the design model of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE as one of the highlights of its new exhibition.This super-sports car study as a design model with hybrid technology from the Formula 1 Silver Arrows can be seen in the special exhibition 50 Years of AMG from 20 October 2017 until the end of 2017. Subsequently the powertrain with its high-performance plug-in hybrid technology will be exhibited for visitors who have a particular technical interest.

The three letters AMG hold a special fascination: they stand for a multifaceted success story that began in 1967. This was when Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher founded their engineering consultancy. It was already known for Mercedes-Benz employees to privately build racing cars based on their employer's standard-production automobiles – and this was initially also the core business of the new company. Soon, customer vehicles, too, would be optimised for sportiness. This led to the development of an extensive range of racing vehicles and high-performance standard-production automobiles. From 1990 onwards, Mercedes-Benz and AMG engaged in direct cooperation. In 1999 the Stuttgart-based company acquired a majority stake in AMG. Since 2005 Mercedes-AMG GmbH has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. The Affalterbach-based company has already demonstrated its high level of development expertise with two sports cars developed entirely in-house, the SLS AMG and the AMG GT (AMG GT model family: combined fuel consumption: 11.4-9.3 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 259-216 g/km*) .

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is relating the five decade long history of Mercedes-AMG in a special exhibition that can be seen in Collection room C5 from 20 October 2017 to 8 April 2018. As a run-up on the first weekend after the exhibition opens, there be will be public DTM talks with Ellen Lohr, Klaus Ludwig and other Mercedes-AMG racing drivers on 21/22 October 2017. Under the motto "AMG & Friends", visitors to the Museum are also able to bring their own AMG and park and present it in the open areas outside the Mercedes-Benz Museum between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

The design of the exhibition takes up the highly dynamic Mercedes-AMG design idiom. Thematically, the vehicle exhibits are divided into four areas: motorsport, standard production vehicles, technology and future. One of the areas in which Mercedes-AMG has particular expertise is engines. For this reason, the exhibition additionally presents eight outstanding high-performance engines.

The passion for technology points the way to the company's future. This is made obvious by the design model of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. The showcar celebrated its premiere in September 2017, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main. After the AMG GT Concept, the concept car exhibited at the show is the second ambassador for the Driving Performance of the future, and gives numerous specific clues that a production model is in the offing. Its plug-in hybrid powertrain rated at over 740 kW (over 1000 hp) system output is based on the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One racing cars with which the Stuttgart brand won the Formula One drivers' and constructors' championships in each of the last three seasons. The drive unit consists of a 1.6-litre V6 hybrid petrol engine with direct injection, electrically assisted turbocharging and an electric motor connected to the crankshaft. Two additional electric motors are installed at the front axle. The AMG Project ONE accelerates from rest to 200 km/h in under six seconds and has a top speed of over 350 km/h.

Also to be seen in the exhibition are the current Mercedes-AMG GT R (combined fuel consumption: 11.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km*), which is displayed as a complete vehicle, spaceframe and powertrain, and the following three motorsport and five standard vehicles:

    AMG 300 SEL 6.8 (1969): With this vehicle, based on a Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloon of the W 109 model series, AMG achieved a class victory as well as second place in the overall classification at the 24-Hour Race in Spa-Francorchamps in 1971.
    AMG-Mercedes CLK-GTR racing tourer (1997): This was the vehicle in which Klaus Ludwig competed in the FIA GT championship in 1997. The following year, he won the championship in the CLK-LM successor model.
    Mercedes-AMG GT3 (2016): The customer-sports racing car was produced in 2014 on the basis of the Mercedes-AMG GT high-performance sports cars of the 190 model series. In 2016, the most successful season since the inception of the AMG customer sports programme, Maro Engel, Bernd Schneider, Adam Christodoulou and Manuel Metzger from the BLACK FALCON team drove the exhibited vehicle to victory in the 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring.
    AMG 300 CE 6.0 (1986): This vehicle, based on the C 124 model series, embodies the culture of performance at the service of ambitious private customers. The US motoring press gave this car, at the time the most powerful model in the upper medium class, the nickname "The Hammer".
    Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG (1995): The high-performance saloon of the W 202 model series was the first production vehicle to be developed jointly by Mercedes-Benz and AMG. It founded a product portfolio that now numbers more than 50 models.
    Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG (1995): The AMG top-of-the-line model of the E-Class (model series 210) was available from 1996. The 255 kW (347 hp) Performance saloon with V8 engine came as standard with sports suspension, wide-base tyres on light-alloy wheels and AMG Styling. The E 50 AMG was available exclusively with the same new, electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission that was used in the eight- and twelve-cylinder models of the S‑Class and SL sports cars.
    Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG (2005): The first SL sports car (model series R 230) to be developed jointly by Mercedes-Benz and AMG came onto the market in autumn 2001. The SL 55 AMG was powered by a 368 kW (500 hp) supercharged V8 engine. It was followed in 2004 by the SL 65 AMG.
    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series (2013): The AMG Performance Studio develops and produces special vehicles in exclusive numbers – the "Black Series". They provide AMG customers with possibilities that exceed even those offered by the standard-production high-performance automobiles from Mercedes-AMG. The first high-performance sports car to be developed entirely independently by Mercedes-AMG, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG of the 197 model series, is also available in a Black Series.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. The ticket desk always closes at 5 pm. Registration, reservations and latest information: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm by phone on +49 (0)711 173 0000, by email to classic@daimler.com or online at: www.mercedes-benz.com/museum
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