2022 Mercedes-AMG Commemorates Its 55th Anniversary By Building The Most Powerful V-8 AMG GT Ever!
Despite being around since 2014, the Mercedes AMG GT has proven to be a capable platform, which is why the performance specialists from Affalterbach are introducing another track-oriented version of the flagship sports car. The Mercedes AMG GT Track Series is not only the most powerful customer version of the AMG GT, but it also celebrates 55 years of AMG.
2022 Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Safety Car
The 2022 F1 season will start on March 18 with the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and like usual Mercedes-Benz will ensure the safety of the championship with two exceptional performance models. One of them is the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, which, for the 2022 racing season, will be used as the Safety Car.
The SL’s Cruising Partner, The 2023 Mercedes-AMG GT, Has Been Spied Testing For The First Time!
It’s not been too long since the new SL was revealed, but Mercedes has already decided to continue with developing the new GT coupe. The GT was recently spotted during a winter test at the Arctic Circle. The GT shares a lot of design components with the new SL, so you can expect a lot of design and functional cues to be carried over onto the new GT.
The Coolest Cars in the World
If you are in the market for a car, you will be surprised at the number of offerings you get in every single segment. Right from your Nissan Versa to a Ferrari F8 Tributo; there is competition in every segment. Whether you’re into classic cars, imported models or luxury items, you will be spoilt for choices. But, not every car you see is a cool one. There are a number of factors in determining whether a car is cool or not. There’s the exterior, the interior, the performance, and most importantly, it’s every individual’s opinion. You may or may not agree with some of the entries here, but here’s a look at the coolest cars of 2021.
The Last Blast Is Mercedes Benz’s Tribute To The Legendary Sir Stirling Moss
"The Last Blast," a Mercedes-Benz Classic short film, depicts several moments and sites from Stirling Moss’ life and career. The celebrated British racing driver, passed away at his Mayfair home on Easter Sunday last year at the age of 90.
The inline eight-cylinder 300 SLR 722 roars for the final time taking on the streets of London before returning to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart
The F1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix made the rest of the 2021 season seem dull.
Hamilton Races to a Rain-Soaked Victory in Sochi to Claim His 100th Formula 1 Race Win
Lewis Hamilton becomes the first driver in Formula 1 history to win 100 races. This win though came with some luck as the rain gods opened up the heavens in the final stages of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. Mercedes for once took the right call in bringing Hamilton in and switching him onto intermediate tires.
After that, it was just a matter of hunting down race leader Lando Norris who was dominant all weekend to clinch the win. Having been in the sport for the better part of 14 years, the seven-time world champion looks relentless and now is aiming for an unprecedented eighth title, as the man continues to break records.
Supercar Blondie Gives Us a Tour Of The Most Expensive Car In The World
Supercar Blondie has made it a habit of giving us the tour on some of the most epic cars and concepts ever created. Lately, this included quite a few legendary classics, and the one Supercar Blondie is showing us this time is arguably the ultimate – a Mercedes 300 SLR of which only two were made. And she even managed to get behind the wheel and drive it.
Max Verstappen Kills the Zandvoort Grand Prix
Sunday, September 5, 2021, saw the un-official restart of the 2021 season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands. Orange smoke clouded the circuit almost all day as the Dutch crowd went crazy whenever their hometown boy flew past in the RedBull race car. It all started with the best un-official season restart ever, with Max Verstappen landing a three-second gap ahead of Hamilton early in the race.
Rain Stopped the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Dead in its Tracks - Here’s How That is a Good Thing
Bad weather always has to throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. It managed to do that on a massive scale in Belgium on August 28th for the restart of the 2021 Formula 1 season.
However, there is a silver lining behind all of this - the next ten races could have some of the best racing we have seen in a long time.
1999 Mercedes-Benz CLR: The story of how Mercedes accidentally made an airplane instead of a racecar
Mercedes is certainly no stranger to motorsports. The German brand has been at it for the better part of the last 100 years. The company was involved in Grand Prix as early as 1923, with their teardrop-shaped Benz Tropfenwagen and then there was LeMans incident from 1955 where a 300 SLR crash-landed into the stands. Mercedes dominated the FIA GT1 class in the 1990s, but that was followed by some interesting developments with their Mercedes CLR, which apparently acted more like an airplane rather than a car. As a result, it managed to flip, and not just once.
Let Your Senses Be Shocked By The Brutal 6.2-liter V-8 Of The Mercedes-AMG GT3
If you’re fed up with the bore-fest that is Formula 1 and are looking for another racing series to devote your attention to, may we suggest an entire formula that sees action across the globe in a variety of championships? That formula is known as GT3 and now, 14 years since its launch, is the most popular GT category in the world with as many as 70 cars lining up in its marquee events. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is one of the most popular GT3 cars and we think its soundtrack plays a part ints massive appeal as well.
Hold Onto Your Jaws: A Sauber Mercedes C9 Has Hit The Market
Throughout the years, the world of racing has given us plenty of iconic liveries to fawn over, from the gold-and-black beauty of the JPS Lotuses run by Colin Chapman’s team to the iconic light blue threads of the stock cars raced by Richard Petty in NASCAR. An equally famous single-color comes from Germany and it adorned not one but multiple teams, namely the ’Silver Arrow’ livery. The Sauber-Mercedes C9 stands as the first ’Silver Arrow’ of the modern era, a car so dominant at one point that it drew justifiable parallels with the original silver bullets from the ’30s.
Those silver cars, be it the rear-mid-engined Auto Unions or the prodigious Mercedes-Benz machines of Rudi Uhlenhaut, were the pride of Germany in between the two World Wars and were painted silver as that was the country’s national racing color, the same as green was the national racing color of Britain and red was that of Italy. With the advent of sponsorship in the ’60s, national colors took a step back but, when Mercedes returned to top-level racing in the late ’80s, it sought to bring back some of that old-timey appeal. This is one of the cars that carried those famous colors in 1989.
2019 Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
After years of speculation, Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed its Formula E contender. Well, sort of. The German manufacturer presented in the eve of the 89th Geneva Auto Show the EQ Silver Arrow 01 wearing a ’concept livery’ that is, as you can see, lacking an important element: silver. Rest assured, though, the final livery that "will be presented at a later stage ahead of the [2019/20] season opener" will undoubtedly feature some silver.
Here’s an odd one: Mercedes taking the wraps off its first electric silver arrow racer that ominously lacks any trace of silver. That’s like Ferrari debuting next year with a blue car in Formula 1. What’s more important, though, than an interim livery is what Mercedes is conveying by officializing this move. The automaker from Stuttgart left, to the dismay of many, the DTM at the end of the 2018 season after a 30-year-long involvement in the series to focus on showcasing its electric prowess on track in the world’s top arena: the Formula E. The works Merc team will debut next season, which will be the sixth in the history of the championship, and the program will be run by HWA who ran the DTM cars in the last few years and, intriguingly, will operate the new Aston Martin DTM cars this season as well from behind the scenes.
Update 04/03/109: Mercedes has taken the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow Formula E racer to the track to perform some in-depth testing. Check out everything we know in our special testing section below!
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Formula 1 Safety Car
Developed as a replacement for the iconic SLS AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT has been around since 2014 and has already made a name for itself on the sports car market. Already available in a variety of versions and body styles, the AMG GT also made its debut on the race track, being offered in both GT3 and GT4 specifications. Starting in 2015, it also became the official Safety Car of the Formula One championship, being used in AMG GT S guise for three seasons. Come 2018, and the FIA upgraded its safety vehicle to AMG GT R specs, thus employing the range-topping model to lead the pack.
The 11th Mercedes-Benz vehicle to pace Formula One since 1996, the AMG GT R is also the most powerful safety car in Formula One history. The AMG GT R takes over from the AMG GT S, which was used since 2015, and joins a long list of AMG vehicles that were used over the last 23 years, including the SLS AMG, SL63 AMG, SLK55 AMG, CL55 AMG, and the C63 AMG. The AMG GT R Safety Car made its debut at the Australian Grand Prix on March 25 and will be used throughout the 2018 season, which ends on November 25.
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Mercedes Displays 1983 Dakar Rally-Winning 280 GE at 2018 Detroit Auto Show
The Mercedes-Benz booth at the 2018 North American International Auto Show proved to be a busy place thanks to the all-new 2019 G-Class. Part of the fun was historic G-Class vehicles from Mercedes’ storied past. One of them was this, the 1983 Mercedes 280 GE built to run the Paris–Dakar Rally. Its driver was Jacky Ickx and co-driver Claude Brasseur. The duo battled the 6,200 miles over grueling, off-road terrain between Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal – a town on the westernmost tip of Africa.
The G-Wagen was mostly stock but came with a few extras to help win the rally. Meatier all-terrain tires, an off-road bumper, and extra lights were added, while the rear glass was painted over with sponsor logos. A large spoiler hangs off the G-Wagen’s rear, perhaps helping control dust.
The win proved extremely important for Mercedes. The G-Wagen was only four years old in 1983 and the Dakar Rally was only five. Both Mercedes and the rally have become legendary over the decades and into modern times. The 1983 race was also the first and only time an automaker to win the Dakar overall with two vehicle classes. Mercedes other contender was a 1936 AK-series medium-duty truck.
A Timeless Christmas Commercial From Mercedes-AMG
Car-related Christmas commercials are generally good fun, especially when it’s not a hard sell, in-your-face ad about year-end closeout deals or other pitch. One of my favorite light-hearted commercials came from Mercedes-Benz in 2012. It features the SLS AMG GT3 racecar and its development team. The commercial begins with engineers and pit crewmembers tirelessly working under the SLS’ hood. It appears the AMG team is making corrections to the big 6.2-liter V-8, perhaps tweaking it to hit that sweet 600-horsepower mark. The SLS then burns rubber out of the pits and onto the rack where the pit crew seems oddly obsessed with making the car hit 180 degrees Celsius. Strong German accents bark orders at the driver not to hit the curbs, presumably to save the SLS’ forged aluminum control arms.
The mystery comes to a close when the car pulls back into the pits, and the hood is opened. There, sitting perfectly inside the SLS’ long engine bay, is a tray of Christmas cookies decorated with Mercedes emblems, AMG logos, Reindeer, and shooting stars. A taste reveals the cookies were perfectly baked by the all-aluminum V-8, confirming the $456,000 non-streetable SLS AMG is the most exciting oven ever devised.
2017 Mercedes-AMG GT4
Unveiled in 2014, the Mercedes-AMG GT is the company’s latest halo sports car and replaces the SLS AMG in the lineup. However, the [AMG GT is smaller than its predecessor and aimed at a slightly different market niche, having been developed as a competitor for the Porsche 911. The sports car was also used to introduce AMG’s brand-new engine, a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Launched in GT and GT S variations, the two-door gained higher performance GT R (coupe) and GT C (roadster) models, as well as a
spec race car version in 2016. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a second race car based on the AMG GT, this time around in GT4 specification.
If you’re not familiar with the GT4 class, it’s a less powerful, more affordable version of GT3 and it’s mostly dedicated to amateur drivers. The cars are also equalized in order to allow driving skill to become key. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 was optimized for a wide range of championships, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Pirelli World Challenge in the U.S., the Blancpain GT Series Asia in Asia and the Australian GT Trophy in Australia. In Germany, the VLN endurance racing championship, and the Nürburgring 24-hours are the series that will see new race car in action. The GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup are among the international GT4 series that Mercedes developed the AMG GT4 for.
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Mercedes-AMG Joins IMSA with AMG GT3 Race Car
AMG has confirmed its participation in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting in 2017. The German brand will join the GT Daytona (GTD) class with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 next year. Mercedes’ racing division has partnered with Riley Motorsports for a two-car, factory-supported effort. One car will run as "AMG-Team Riley Motorsports", while one car will run as "WeatherTech Racing." A third race car will hit the track with SunEnergy1 Racing.
The German company says that additional teams are scheduled to announce their plans to race as AMG Custom Sports teams for the 2017 season, but details are not yet available.
The new IMSA entries will enhance Mercedes-AMG’s presence within the U.S. market which, until now, was represented only by private teams racing the SLS AMG GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge series. In order to provide comprehensive technical assistance for all customer teams, Mercedes-AMG has opened a technology and logistics center in Mooresville, North Carolina. The site will ensure a fast and reliable supply of parts and service for all teams, as well as a service and parts transporter to all IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge Series races for direct, on-site assistance.
"We are thrilled to see the three-pointed star compete in North America’s premier endurance racing series in 2017. Our Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car has already proven itself in worldwide competition and should quickly become a fan favorite. We are very excited about our prospects for the 2017 racing season," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.
The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship consists of 12 events that take place between January and October. Highlights will include the popular Rolex 24 at Daytona (January 26–29), the Twelve Hours of Sebring (March 15-18), and "Petit Le Mans," which takes place at Road Atlanta (October 5-7). The Mercedes-AMG GT3, which uses a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-8 instead of the twin-turbo 4.0-liter unit in the road car, will compete against GT3-spec version of the Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage, Lamborghini Huracan, Acura NSX, Audi R8, Ferrari 488, among others, in the GTD class.
Confirmed drivers include Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating, Gunnar Jeannette, and David MacNeil for the Riley Motorsports teams, and Kenny Habul for SunEnergy1 Racing.
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Mercedes Set To Enter Formula E In 2018
With its success in Formula One not waning anytime soon, Mercedes-Benz is looking to take its dominance in motor sport racing to a new playing field, and it may have just found one in Formula E after announcing that Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd has signed an option agreement with Formula E Operations Ltd that includes reserving a seat in the Formula E table for the automaker in time for the 2018 season.
Mercedes joins a long list of automakers that have signed up for Formula E, considered as the next big thing in motorsports that even has the potential to supplant Formula One as the pre-eminent racing series in the world. Despite only being two seasons old (the third season kicks off in Hong Kong October 9), Formula E has already attracted a who’s who of the automotive world. Audi, BMW, Citroen, Jaguar, Renault, Volvo, and even Faraday Future are already involved in some capacity, either with a team of its own or as a partner with an existing racing team. Meanwhile, Nissan, Porsche, and Mugen, Honda’s racing arm, have also expressed interest in joining the series in some form in the future.
The growing popularity of Formula E, combined with the platform it offers in the development of electrification, has made it very appealing in the eyes of these automakers, who themselves are gearing up their own EV road offerings. It’s a perfect marriage that combines competition and the pursuit of new technology, something that Mercedes is all too familiar with given its dominance in Formula One.
Formula E’s plan to expand its teams from 10 to 12 opened the door for Mercedes to get on board and while it still needs the go-ahead from the 10 existing teams in the grid, the German automaker’s clout in the auto industry and motor sports should make its addition to the series a foregone conclusion, effectively making Mercedes Grand Prix the 11th Formula E team.
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This Mercedes-AMG GT3 Race Car Wears A Linkin Park Livery
In the early days of racing, liveries only consisted of a number and (sometimes) a couple of stripes. Visuals on race cars began to evolve dramatically in the 1960s, when a huge number of sponsors joined the sport. Nowadays, they’re mostly the work of skilled designers and sometimes recall famous layouts from the past. Team Black Falcon’s new livery for its Mercedes-AMG GT3 isn’t one of them, but it’s special nonetheless.
Because it was designed by rock band Linkin Park (or at least someone working with the group).
Created for the Blancpain Endurance Series, the livery consists of red and black stripes and shapes over the car’s silver paint. It also has black lightning bolts, but its most important highlights are the "Linkin Park" lettering on the massive rear wing and the band’s log on the engine hood and doors.
There’s no information as to what brought Team Black Falcon and Linkin Park together, but it’s worth mentioning that this is not the first time the California-based group has something to do with Mercedes-Benz.Last year, the band did the soundtack for a Mercedes-AMG C63 promo video. Both last year’s promo and the new livery could be a way to promote Linkin Park’s next album, which is likely to be launched by the end of 2016.
This specific race car was designed for the Spa 24 Hours race in Belgium over the last weekend in July 2016 and given Team Black Falcon’s success in the series so far, it should get a lot of attention.
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