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MERCEDES-BENZ BRINGS PASSION TO

29-May-2001

Mercedes#45;Benz is bringing a passion to this year’s Festival of Speed.

This marks the centenary of the name and to celebrate, one of the greatest historic of Mercedes#45;Benz cars will be as the featured marque at Goodwood.

this year Mercedes#45;Benz are in a series of events called The of Passion and Goodwood will be one of the Goodwood will see the biggest and important collection of historic racing cars ever together in Britain #45; of which have never seen here before.

than 40 Mercedes will crowds of more than who are expected to visit Goodwood year.


It is exactly 100 years ago the name Mercedes first on cars built by the Daimler#45;Motoren#45;Gesellschaft. was the daughter of an Austrian diplomat and amateur racing driver, Jellinek. When Jellinek 36 cars from the Daimler he insisted that they all the name of his daughter. Since more than 19 million cars have been throughout the world.

But it was Karl Benz who invented the first car powered by an internal engine as far back as 1886, Gottlieb Daimler by a mere six The two engineering geniuses never met but companies merged in 1926 to Daimler#45;Benz. DaimlerChrysler was formed in

Goodwood’s theme for 2001 is The to Win and racing and winning have intertwined throughout the history of

The whole of the carriage turning outside historic Goodwood will become a paddock exclusively to Mercedes#45;Benz competition Many of the classic Mercedes turn their engines in as they roar up the hill

One of the oldest cars at Goodwood year will be a Benz Grand Prix racer of It had Michelin tyres strengthened steel studs to improve and the front wheels had no brakes!

The car second, third and seventh in the 1908 French Grand beaten only by Christian in a Mercedes. It was the forerunner of the legendary Benz which was then the land vehicle in the world.

A young German called Schumacher learnt part of his in a Sauber#45;Mercedes C11. Car and driver in to the Group C racing in 1990. The 730 hp V8 engine gave the carbon#45;reinforced monocoque car a maximum speed of under 200 mph.

The Formula 1 car for the road #45; that was the given to the Mercedes#45;Benz 300 SLR of 1955. It was on the Formula 1 single#45;seater of the time and 10 were built in 1955 it went on to win a sensational victory at the of Stirling Moss with Denis Jenkinson in the Mille and the Sports Car World Championship in

As well as the open topped SLR two coupe versions were In the mid#45;50s it was the fastest car allowed on roads with a maximum of around 174 mph.

Even rarer was the 190 SL racing which was built for Max Hoffman who the American Mercedes#45;Benz importer. It was light, at just 1,000 kg, and had a windscreen and window#45;less doors. the hood and bumpers were away with to save In 1956 it won the Sports Car Grand in Macao ahead of a Ferrari Jaguars and Austin#45;Healeys. Sadly, the 190 SL never made it into as Hoffman dreamed of.

Back in new regulations were introduced for Prix cars which restricted to a weight of 750 kg. To meet stringent new rules Mercedes#45;Benz the W25, a completely new car with an compressor engine and swing#45;axle It also featured a new layout of and transmission to allow the driver to sit low in the car and the whole centre of gravity

Further weight#45;saving was achieved by holes in many of the steel and sections of the car. It was light, low and

Five different engines eventually be slotted into the W25 and they allowed Caracciola, von and Fagioli to rule the roost for years in GP racing.

But streamlining took on a new meaning the shape of the W25 Avus Streamline of The organisers of the Avus race their 750 kg rules and opened the up to free formula. This Mercedes#45;Benz to fit a V12 5.6#45;litre engine, designed for speed record into the W25 chassis.

Manfred von reached speeds of around 236 mph on the Avus track. Later the car was to an eight#45;cylinder in#45;line from the The fully flared aluminium Avus was years ahead of its in being aerodynamically efficient.

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The was another technical tour#45;de#45;force. It had 40 per more output, at 610 hp, than its and had an oval#45;tube chrome molybdenum frame with a De Dion suspended rear axle and front wheels. It dominated the season with victories in the Avus race, double in Germany, Italy and Brunn and in Monaco and Switzerland. Among the drivers was Dick Seaman Britain.

In Reims in 1954 the W 196R its debut and notched up a double for Fangio and Kling and Fangio on to take the World Championship that year.

The W 196R had a new 2.5#45;litre eight#45;cylinder in#45;line engine with mechanical injection. With this the power take#45;off is located between two four#45;cylinder units.

on which circuit the car was racing on, the W had three different wheelbase with two different bodies. wheelbases were used on circuits such as Monaco and bodies were kept for the circuits of Reims, Monza and

In 1938 Mercedes#45;Benz already had the in the winner’s stable. It has a Rootes on both banks of its V12 cylinder and pushed out some 430 hp at 8,000 The following year just two were fitted with an engine which generated 480 hp.

the 1939 season the W154s won out of eight major races and the championship for Hermann Lang.

Regulations for the Tripoli Grand of 1939 were amended at short notice. It gave just six months to build a new car to with the new rules. And so the famous was born.

With a 1.5#45;litre to meet the new rules, the W165 was called the Little Mercedes but it than demonstrated its strength and Hermann Lang drove one car to at Tripoli and Rudolf Caracciola another W165 home in place.

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