The 2015 Mercedes-AMG DTM Team has rounded off the season in style. After Pascal Wehrlein (gooix Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) wrapped up the drivers’ title, the gooix/Original-Teile Mercedes-AMG claimed the top spot in the DTM team championship in the final race at Hockenheim, Germany. Mercedes-Benz has become the most successful marque ever in the DTM—having secured 10 drivers’ titles, 13 team and 6 manufacturers’ titles.
But a look back shows that this is not exactly new territory for the AMG team: a period full of achievements and consecutive wins began for AMG with its entry into touring car racing in 1986.
AMG started in the series with a 190 E 2.3-16 – and was successful right from the beginning: the team recorded several wins in its debut season, on the Berlin Avus, for example. This first respectable success led to a motorsport cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz in 1988. The first car that emerged from this cooperation was the 190 E 2.5-16 EVO, which won numerous races. At the end of a thrilling season, followed at the racetracks and on television by a total of 153 million spectators, Klaus Ludwig was the first DTM champion in an AMG Mercedes in 1992.
1995 was Bernd Schneider’s first successful year: now an AMG brand ambassador, he was overall DTM/ITC winner in a C-Class (series W202) in 1995, and won five DTM titles and 43 races in the following years – a record which is unlikely to be broken. But an exciting race series like the DTM never stands still: AMG continued to compete with the C-Class successor series and with the CLK, winning many races and titles.
Drivers of the Mercedes-AMG C-Class have secured an amazing 85 victories in 159 races, making it the most successful car in DTM history, and the 2016 vehicle from the Mercedes-AMG DTM team looks to build upon this incredible success. . “The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé will again set new standards for driving dynamics and design. So, the vehicle provides the ideal basis for our DTM car,” said Ulrich Fritz, head of Mercedes-AMG DTM. “I’m already looking forward to seeing the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM compete in 2016. Our aim with this vehicle is, of course, to continue the Mercedes-Benz success story in the DTM.”
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