Mercedes-AMG Made Sure You Can’t Dispute the GT Black Series’ Nurburgring Record
Remember that rumor from October 2020 that Mercedes might have set a new Nurburgring lap record with the AMG GT Black Series? Well, it’s been almost a month since then and the German company finally released the car’s Nordschleife run on video.
And it’s true, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is now the quickest production car on the Green Hell. The Black Series was driven by GT3 pilot Maro Engel to a new record of 6:43.616 minutes, more than a second quicker than the previous benchmark.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4-Door S Set a New Nürburgring Record
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door has a new (old) record to add to its shelf after reclaiming the fastest lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in the “luxury class” segment.
The AMG GT 63 S 4-Door reclaimed the title from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S after AMG development engineer Demian Schaffert clocked a time ofseven minutes and 27.8 seconds (7:27.8) for the 12.944-mile-long version of the race track with straight-line measurement for track section T13 and seven minutes and 23.009 seconds for the old 12.8-mile-long version without the straight-line measurement for track section T13.
The new record serves as validation for Mercedes-AMG after the automaker took to social media to suggest that “it’s high time to hit the track again” after the Panamera Turbo S beat the GT 63 S 4-Door’s old record by 0.3 seconds. Mission accomplished, Mercedes-AMG.
Mercedes-AMG Wants to Eat Porsche’s Nurburgring Cake
Barely a few weeks have passed since the all-new 2021 Porsche Panamera — a car that has yet to make its debut, by the way — usurped the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S as the fastest "executive car" at the Nurburgring. The four-door saloon posted a record-breaking time of 7:29.81, edging out the AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe by a slim 0.3-second margin. It didn’t take long for Mercedes-AMG to hear about the new record, and, in true competitive form, the Affalterbach-based outfit didn’t take the challenge of reclaiming the record lying down. In a Facebook post, Mercedes-AMG hinted that a return to the track might be in the automaker’s future in response to "a recent record time you may have heard about." We know that Mercedes-AMG is referencing Porsche and the all-new Panamera. What’s unclear at this point is what version of the AMG GT S 63 4-Door Coupe is Mercedes-AMG planning to unleash to try to beat the new Panamera. No timetable has been set for the performance brand’s return to the ’Ring, but with the record now in Porsche’s hands, don’t expect Mercedes-AMG to wait too long to reclaim its throne.
A Mercedes AMG E63 Just Made the Cannonball Run in a Record 27 Hours and 25 Minutes
One of the auto world’s craziest and most sought-after records, the Cannonball Run has been broken. The infamous New-York-to-Los-Angeles run that has been the obsession of a subculture of gear heads for more than 50 years now has a new record time, and it was broken by three guys — Arne Toman, Doug Tabbutt, and Berkeley Chadwick — who managed to accomplish the run while driving a heavily modified 2015 Mercedes-AMG E 63, doing so in a staggering time of 27 hours and 25 minutes. That time eclipsed the previous record of 30 hours that was set only six years ago.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Revealed with Tons of Go-Faster Tech
A Nürburgring lap time under the 8-minute mark is an impressive accomplishment, but posting that time in a top-heavy SUV is simply insane. However, that’s exactly what Mercedes-AMG just did with the 2020 GLC 63, claiming the title of fastest SUV in the world at The Green Hell.
Making it possible is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which is tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque in the top-trim GLC 63 S. Sixty mph arrives in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, just a few ticks off the 800-horsepower Hellcat Redeye. Top speed is rated at 174 mph.
Go for the base GLC 63, and you’ll get 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, which translates into a 3.8-second run to 60 mph and a top speed of 155 mph.
Managing the heft is an AMG Ride Control+ air suspension system with adaptive dampers, while AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system makes it grip. Output is routed through an AMG Speedshift nine-speed automatic transmission.
Outside, the GLC 63 twins get new styling with revised taillight and headlight housings, both of which come with LEDs, while a pair of trapezoidal tailpipes are found out back. Wheel sizing ranges up to 21 inches in diameter.
The cabin is covered in Nappa leather with yellow contrast stitching, and the infotainment system comes with the latest MBUX features, including the optional MBUX Interior Assistant.
Look for the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 at the 2019 New York International Auto Show this week, and in dealers later this year.
Mercedes Invents the Nürburgring “4-Door Coupe” Record with the AMG GT 63 S
Nürburgring lap times are pretty damn important these days, with the top manufacturers duking it out at the Green Hell for bragging rights and a momentary spot in the limelight. Now, it looks like Mercedes is inventing its own record to grab more attention for the AMG GT 63 S.
It has been reported that Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming Project One will break the six-minute barrier at the Nurburgring.
We need to start out with a disclaimer that none of this information is reliable, so please find a grain of salt big enough to melt the iceberg that sank the Titanic. With that out of the way, let’s look at the rumor and what it might mean.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Just Walloped A Lap Record Held By The Mercedes-AMG GT S
There are records that are broken by the skin of its teeth and there are records that are broken through utter annihilation. The latter scenario played out spectacularly prior to the Bathurst 12 Hours race over the weekend when the Mercedes-AMG GT R obliterated the lap record around Australia’s most famous race circuit when it posted a scintillating time of 2:16.5 to claim the record. To put that time in perspective, the AMG GT R’s new lap record was almost nine seconds quicker than the previous record held by, coincidentally enough, the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
To make the AMG GT R’s lap time more impressive, it managed to lap Bathurst with a time that’s only about 10 seconds slower than a V8 Supercar. Just as important, the range-topping AMG GT’s lap time only ended up being around 15 seconds off the pace of the track’s outright lap record of 2:01.567 that was set by the McLaren 650S GT3 race car back in February 2016.
Five-time Deutsche Touringwagen Masters (DTM) champion and Mercedes factory driver Bernd Schneider piloted the AMG GT R around the track and if not for some traffic around the track, Schneider could have posted an even quicker time that the one he set the record with. That could’ve really put the production lap record in Bathurst well out of reach for future performance cars. Then again, it’s hard to be surprised about the AMG GT R’s overall potency. This is, after all, the same car that went around the Nurburgring, arguably the world’s most famous race track, in just 7:10.92, good enough to place fourth overall, trailing only the Porsche 918 Spyder (the current record holder), the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce, and the Nissan GT-R. That’s elite company right there.
For now though, the AMG GT R holds the production lap record at Bathurst. That in itself is an achievement that’s worth its weight in the record books.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may have been devoid of eight-minute runs, which left Peugeot’s record from 2013 untouched, but that’s not to say it went into the history books without new benchmarks. Not only did Rhys Millen set a new EV record and become the first driver to win the race in a battery-powered car, but there’s also a new record for diesels to talk about. This one was established by Mercedes-Benz, which brought a diesel-powered C-Class to race up the mountain.
Specifically, the Germans prepared "a near-production" C 250 d 4MATIC for the Exhibition class and completed the "Race to the Clouds" in 11 minutes and 22 seconds. While that may be more than two minutes off the 9:07-minute run of this year’s winner, it’s quite an achievement for a vehicle using a standard production engine, and a record for a diesel-powered car.
"Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun," said Uwe Nittel, Mercedes’ driver for the race. "It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant."
According to the company, the C 250 d 4MATIC used its stock 201-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. The only modifications included a stripped out interior and the addition of the obligatory safety features such as a roll cage, racing fuel tank, fire extinguishing system, updated brakes and high-performance tires.
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In June, the 2012 Audi R8 E-tron became the fastest electric car around Nürburgring with a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes. The problem with the R8 E-tron, however, is that it will never be offered to customers.
This June, Mercedes decided to show what its SLS AMG Electric Drive can do and brought it to the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife test track. The results put the SLS AMG Electric Drive directly into the Guineas Book of World Records.
The electric SLS lapped the Nordschleife in just 7:56.234 minutes, becoming the fastest electric car in the world around the `Ring, but also the first electrically powered production vehicle to have mastered the legendary racetrack in under eight minutes.
This record comes just 2 weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.
"For the first time, an electrically-powered series production vehicle has lapped the Nürburgring Nordscheife in under eight minutes. The record for the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive in 7:56.234 minutes on the Nordschleife shows the special position of our innovative and unique drive solution," said Tobias Moers.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive.
Video: Mercedes releases David Coulthard’s record-setting, golf ball catch with the SLS AMG Roadster
Earlier this month, Mercedes announced that they had set a pretty unusual world record. With F1 legend David Coulthard and pro golfer Jake Shepherd supplying the theatrics, Mercedes managed to set the record for the farthest distance a golf ball has been caught in a moving car.
Unusual is probably an understatement to describe the attempt. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty cool record to be involved in.
Mercedes promised to release the video next month, but apparently they couldn’t contain their excitement, releasing it earlier than all of us expected. The record grab, which was independently verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, only needed two takes to accomplish. Very impressive work, indeed.
You can check out the video of Coulthard’s golf ball catch with the SLS AMG Roadster by clicking on the image above. There are also a number of subsequent angles of the catch, so make sure you check those out as well.
We understand if you’re a little bewildered by what the title states. Trust us, when we found out about it, we shared the exact same sentiments.
We know that there are some unusual world records out there, but to be honest, we had no idea that there’s now one that involves the farthest distance you can catch a golf ball in a moving car.
How come we’ve never tried that before?
In any case, F1 legend and AMG brand ambassador David Coulthard used a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster to accomplish the feat, a record that is now in the process of being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
For the record-setting attempt, Coulthard was joined by pro golfer Jake Shepherd with the latter being responsible for driving the golf ball as Coulthard blasted his SLS AMG Roadster. From 900 feet where the ball was struck - at a speed of 178 mph, no less - Coulthard managed to catch the ball while driving at a speed of 120 mph.
And the best part of this record-setting attempt? It only took two tries for David to catch the ball with the supercar.
Nevertheless, the unusual nature of the entire activity wasn’t lost on the F1 icon. “This world record attempt is definitely one of the most unusual things I’ve ever been asked to do with a car," Coulthard said.
"Jake Shepherd was great to work with and the performance of the SLS AMG Roadster made driving to catch a mid-air golf ball even more exciting. I am honored to have received the Guinness World Record for the furthest golf shot caught in a car.”
The video of the stunt will be released next month. So for now, check out the photos released by AMG of how it all went down.
The year 2012 started off with quite a bang for Renntech. Their updated version of the Mercedes SLR - already known for being the world’s fastest SLR - established a new quarter-mile record of 9.76 seconds at a speed of 140.8 mph. This new time smashes its previous record of 10.29 seconds and 134mph established in October 2011.
The Mercedes SLR used for the record-breaking run was equipped with a Mansory Renovatio bodykit, a new set of Agetro M140 Monoblock wheels, and a custom interior. The engine was obviously hooked up; it put a modified supercharger to good use, along with larger heat exchangers, a more efficient intercooler pump, prototype race headers, a limited slip differential, and a modified the five-speed transmission to handle the extra power. As a result, the SLR delivers an amazing 800 HP!
While Mercedes has kind of delayed the real test for theMercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe, German magazine, Sport Auto, went ahead and tested the sports coupe for themselves, right where it matters: the Nurburgring. Their little soiree with the Black Series Coupe landed them a lap time of 7 minutes and 46 seconds, placing it between the Porsche Carrera S (7:44) and the BMW M3 GTS (7:48). In addition to the stellar lap time, the Merc also sprinted from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.9 seconds.
As a reminder, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and 457 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds, while top speed unfortunately is still limited to 155 mph. The Mercedes used in this exercise was also equipped with Dunlop Sport Maxx Race M0 tires.
We apparently couldn’t have picked a better time to get a little drifting crazy because, as of June 19, 2011, Mauro Calo has officially entered the Guinness World Book of World Records with the longest car drift. Calo and his completely unmodified Mercedes C63 AMG sports sedan have smashed the existing World Record by 394 meters achieving a total distance of 2308 meters. This feat will get his name scrawled on the record books, adding yet another title to his established driving career.
To achieve the record breaking distance, Mauro chose part of the Handling Circuit at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge Surrey. The circuit provided a complete 360 degree circle of tarmac which saw him complete almost 8 laps.
Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars commented: “When Mauro approached us to hold his record breaking attempt on the circuit at Mercedes-Benz World we were happy to offer him the support. He has been a valuable member of the driving experience team for several years and is a respected driver in the industry, so there was no doubt he would achieve his aim”.
Job well done, Sir!
Hit the jump for the video.
One thing we ought to know about world records is that at some point in time, somebody’s going to beat them. It may not happen for a while, but sooner or later, there’s going to be someone - or something - that will eclipse it.
Currently, the record for the world’s longest drift sits on the mantle of Vaughn Gittin Jr’s study. The drift champion set the record back in December 18, 2008 with a run of 1,914.15 m (6,280.01 ft) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas. It’s said that Gittin Jr. could have done longer had the threads on his tires not gotten completely eviscerated.
Fast forward to today and word has it that Mercedes-Benz is planning on besting Gittin Jr.’s record. The man for the job is Mercedes demonstration driver, Mauro Calo, who not only wants to break the record the same way Gittin Jr. did when he broke the previous record of 4,137 feet, but wants to reach 10,000 feet, which is a little under two miles long.
While the task seems to be far easier said than done, Calo is confident that the record will be his after his attempt at Surrey, England while using either a Mercedes C63 or E63 AMG. Calo’s attempt will be made exceptionally more difficult considering that he plans to attempt it on a perimeter track that’s barely ’as wide as a car length’.
No timetable has been set on when this attempt will take place, but seeing as news of it is going around, we won’t be surprised if it takes place before the year ends.
Whatever the case may be, we’ll be sure to give updates when the day for the record-setting attempt draws near.
It’s 1984 and you’re a wealthy individual looking to spend some dough. Clearly the run of the mill BMW or Audi is not going to do the trick so you start looking into the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach. Both were the fastest sports cars of their day and since price is not a concern to you, the only thing that matters is making the best impression on your other rich friends. The thing is, your next door neighbor has a red Testarossa and you see your business partner pull up and squeeze out of his tiny Lamborghini every morning. You need something special. Enter the Hammer.
The W124 Mercedes-Benz is a classically proportioned luxury saloon. The three-box shape, with its clearly defined lines, looks so simple and pure compared to the edgier, more obviously styled lines of its E 63 AMG relative. AMG’s detailing was remarkably low key, especially for the 1980’s. This is going to be a perfect fit for your lifestyle and you can even haul the kids in the back seat if you had too. Can the Merc really hold its own against the Italian thoroughbred racing machines?
You better bet your bottom dollar, because this machine is no joke even when compared with the newest technology from these companies. The 396hp Hammer is going to be more expensive than a Testarossa, but not only will you be the only person that you know who owns one; you will also be doing 190mph which is more than the Ferrari.
Hit the jump for more details on 1984 AMG HAMMER.
Two things have been around for a long time, Mercedes Benz and Performance Tuning. The two also share intertwined histories as companies such as AMG, Brabus, Renntech, and Lorinser were born and continue to adapt the latest technology to factory Benz models. There are hundreds of tuning companies and race shops throughout the country, but telling them apart can be difficult. Most do not build their own parts, but rather perform the mechanical work for you to add aftermarket exhausts, ECU upgrades, and turbochargers. Some offer full service tuning and testing, but currently there is only one that is attempting to push a natural-gas powered Mercedes to a land speed record.
Speedriven is a Chicago-based firm that is currently working with Bernie Towns to develop this “green” record breaker. Towns’ is an engineer for HighMount Exploration and Production and the companies main focus is natural gas energy. Many of your home appliances, such as the water heater and stove, may run off natural gas, but did you ever think your car would? Actually, Utility and Transportation departments throughout the country have been using natural gas in everything from construction equipment to buses for years; which have helped to reduce costs and improve air quality.
For someone that wants to help the environment, lower costs, and produce tons of horsepower, natural gas is the perfect option for this SL600. Speedriven also provided other performance enhancements for the Mercedes in order to keep it safe under high speeds. Jo Borras of Speedriven speaking about Towns’ said, “He doesn’t just want to do a CNG Benz, though. Bernie wants to break records.”
Hit the jump to learn more about Towns’ vision.
As Mercedes-Benz celebrates its 125th anniversary, the automotive world as a whole should take the time to step back and look at its roots. With the technological wonders that roll out of a Mercedes factory day to day it would be hard for any of us to fully understand a time when a short trip into town would be a true journey. A horse and buggy, as well as the Railroad reigned supreme before the turn of the century and Karl Benz was about to change everything. The brilliance of an aspiring inventor and the realization of a dream led to the creation of the first automobile.
The mating of the internal combustion engine to a chassis built from the ground up was the basic formula for creating an automobile. New creations beyond the engine itself and obstacles that were not able to be overcome in the initial product - both came together to become the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
Mercedes corporate has been celebrating in style, “Exactly 125 years to the day after Carl Benz registered his “vehicle with gas-engine drive” in 1886, Daimler AG has celebrated the anniversary of the automobile. Approximately 1,400 invited guests were hosted by the inventor of the automobile at the Mercedes-Benz World in Stuttgart, with guests of honor including the German Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel.”
Hit the jump for more details on the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
If you have a Mercedes AMG and you want to have it tuned up, there’s no tuning house more capable of giving you everything you want, and more, than RENNtech.
Widely recognized as the pre-eminent Mercedes AMG tuners, RENNtech has over 20 years of experience under their belt and, not to mention, thousands of satisfied customers. And a lot of those customers will attest to the tuning house’s capability when it comes to souping up any Mercedes AMG car that comes their way.
Just to prove that their game is more than just the hype, they released a video of two quarter-mile records that were recently set at the Palm Beach International Speedway. And no, it’s not a coincidence that those two cars have been fine tuned by RENNtech themselves.
The first record, which was made by a customer’s Mercedes CL65 AMG, clocked in a record quarter mile pass of 10.62 seconds at speeds of over 133.7 mph. It’s worth mentioning that the CL65 recently underwent a performance upgrade courtesy of RENNtech, which should explain the car’s improved power and overall performance.
And if one record wasn’t enough, RENNtech owner Hartmut Feyhl decided to set one of his own when his 2008 Mercedes C63 AMG – fully-modified by his company, of course – clocked a time of 11.6 seconds at 125.3 mph to set the world record for quickest trap speed time for a C63.
Did we mention both of these cars were tuned by RennTech (wink wink).
Check out the video and watch RENNtech’s record-setting day.
These days 200 km/h doesn’t seem like such a big deal, after all even a Hyundai with its long gearing can go 120 MPH. However 100 years ago, back when the automotive industry was in its infancy, achieving a milestone like that was quite an impressive feat. The car that made the enormous leap in performance motoring was the Lightning Benz, powered by a 21.5 Liter four cylinder engine that developed a maximum output of 200 HP and on November 8, 1909 reached a top speed of 200 km/h on the concrete paved Brooklands circuit in the United Kingdom.
Over the half mile oblong oval, starting off with a flying start, the driver of the Lightning Benz achieved an average speed of 205.666 km/h, and 202.648 km/h over one kilometer loop. The brave pilot covered the one kilometer distance from a standing start in just 31.326 seconds, the half mile was eclipsed in 25.566 seconds and the mile came in only 41.268 seconds. These new performance achievements bested the previously set records by Darracq. The Lightning Benz continued life with much success and became an international attraction as it continued chasing new records. On 23 April 1911 Bob Burman drove the car on the sand at Daytona Beach, the location of the original land speed record course in the U.S. Burman was able to achieve an average speed of 228.1 km/h for the flying kilometer and 225.7 km/h over the flying mile, a record that would remain unbroken until 1919.
Ford recently touched a soft spot in us when they gave a blind man the opportunity to drive a 2010 Ford Mustang after 20 years of visual impairment. Now while that was a heartwarming story of an American automaker making dreams come true, this record setting top speed run is an inspiring tale for disabled people around the world. Mostly because of a blind man in a Black Series at over 200 MPH.
Hein Wagner is a motivational speaker and thrill seaker who is dead set on proving that a handicap is by no means a limiting factor, because just like Roger Keene, this Johannesburg native can’t see. However that hasn’t stopped him from quite a few impressive feats, aside from the cricket championship, Hein has set a few speed record while driving blind. Back in 2005 at just 33 years of age, the inspirational South African got his kicks by piloting a Maserati V8 Grand Sport to 167 MPH 196 km/h raising funds for the, “South African National Council for the Blind” and becoming the first South African to set a World Speed Record in the process.
Wagner’s latest top speed run was in a Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG Black Series, the one with the carbon fiber bodywork and twin turbocharged V12 power plant, if there was ever a machine to set records in, this is it. In order to qualify as an official Guinness World Record the speed must be maintained for at least 1000 meters. Traveling at those kinds of speeds is a challenge for any man or woman, but thankfully Hein has a very good friend and trusting co driver that guides him on his Smokey Nagata like test drives, one Mr. Ray Wakefield from Speedrecord South Africa. The duo reportedly maintained a speed of 322.5 km/h, or 200.392209 MPH, for the required distance at the Upington Airport in South Africa.
SL65 Black Series Video after the jump.
BRABUS has been building the world’s fastest street-legal sedans for several years running. This ’tradition’ started in 1996 with the 330-km/h BRABUS E V12 and reached the next level in 2003 in the guise of the 350.2-km/h E V12 Biturbo. In 2006 the BRABUS ROCKET, built in small-series production and based on the Mercedes CLS series, improved the world record to 362.4 km/h.
But the BRABUS R&D team wouldn’t be the top-notch engineers they are if they were satisfied with that achievement. (...)