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Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 Hybrid vs. AMG 300 SEL 6.8 AMG needed only four years from the time the company was founded until its first big racing success: At the 24-Hour Race in Spa-Francorchamps in 1971, the AMG 300 SEL 6.8 in racing trim dominated its class, and this triumph was augmented by a second-place win in the overall classification. The European touring car competition was roundly shocked. It seemed hard to believe that a luxury sedan would be able to beat the racing legends of the early 1970s in their hot coupés. The powerful 6.8- liter V8 with its 428 horsepower and 620 newton meters of torque from the hands of AMG technology guru Erhard Melcher and the instinctive team leadership of AMG founder Hans Werner Aufrecht were thus the sparks that ignited a sensational performance career. Approximately 50 years later, Mercedes-AMG has taken pole position in the motorsport pantheon. With Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth and the headquarters of Mercedes- AMG Petronas Motorsport in Brackley, an incredibly compact network of racing expertise has arisen. Between the years 2014 and 2016, three Constructors world championship titles were won by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, and the hybrid engines used in F1 since 2014 in turn provide exciting momentum for the future of Mercedes-AMG performance vehicles. This completes the circle: from series production car to racecar, from the racetrack back to the road. 106


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