The three letters AMG are synonymous with sporting performance. The high-performance brand has strengthened this claim in 2012 through its presence in Formula 1. “Our team fuses the proud traditions of AMG and the Silver Arrows, with over 75 years of success, at the pinnacle of motorsport,” explains Norbert Haug, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
It was a logical step to strengthen the links between AMG and the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 programs, as reflected in a new name: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 Team. In the third race for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Nico Rosberg took a dominant victory in the 2012 FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX, scoring the first win for a works Silver Arrow since 1955—following a 55-year break in which no works Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow competed in Formula 1.
In line with the “one team” philosophy, the team’s powertrain manufacturer in Brixworth, UK, was renamed as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains. AMG has collaborated for a long time with the team in the UK—with the goal of transferring racing technologies to the road. One example is the SLS AMG Electric Drive, whose electric powertrain was jointly developed by a team from Affalterbach and Brixworth.
Formula 1 is nothing new for AMG. Since 1996, Mercedes-AMG has provided the car that all the racing drivers follow if an incident occurs. The tradition of safety cars from AMG started in 1996 with a C 36 AMG. Since 2000, what must be the world’s fastest car with yellow warning lights—a modified SLS AMG—has been driven by the racing driver and AMG brand ambassador Bernd Mayländer. AMG has also supplied the Formula 1 medical car since 1996, and in the shape of a C 63 AMG Wagon since 2008.