Motor sports are in our DNA. The success story of AMG founders Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher started in the racing engine department of Mercedes-Benz. It was here that the foundation was laid for the racing expertise and unprecedented success of Mercedes-AMG.
Starting with the 2012 season, the AMG name has been firmly rooted in Formula 1 as well. Our passion and expertise for racing goes back much further than this, though.
The three letters A-M-G are synonymous with driving performance. So it just seemed logical to emphasize the connection between AMG and the dedication of Mercedes-Benz to Formula 1 with a shared name: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Even the engine company of the team in Brixworth, England was renamed “Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains” in the spirit of forging “one team”.
With the Triple, the winning of three consecutive titles in the FIA Formula 1 Constructer’s World Championship, the Silver Arrows opened up a new chapter in their long and successful history. The brand with the star thus outperformed its own historic milestone set by Juan Manuel Fangio, who won two consecutive Formula 1 titles for Mercedes 60 years ago.
After 55 years without a purebred factory entry in the Formula 1, a breakthrough was achieved in the third race of the 2012 season. The clear victory in the FORMULA 1 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX is the first triumph of a factory Silver Arrow since 1955.
It was in the 2014 season that the first was crowned: Three races before the end of the season, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS secured the FIA Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championship for the first time ever. Lewis Hamilton won the grand prize in Sochi, Russia to become world champion. His teammate, Nico Rosberg, came in second to become the runner up to the world champion.
In 2015 it was time to top the previous record: With five double victories in 19 races, the team beat its own record from the previous year. The title of world champion driver went to Lewis Hamilton again.
In 2016, it got even better. The team earned 765 points, which also set a new record, as did the 19 racing victories and 20 pole positions – in a total of 21 races, mind you. Nico Rosberg was named world champion, making him the third Silver Arrow Formula 1 champion behind Fangio and Hamilton.
In 2017, Valtteri Bottas took over the cockpit from world champion Nico Rosberg, who continues to support the team in his new role as the brand ambassador.
A class of its own.
For over 25 years, AMG has won one victory after another in the DTM, thus making the C-Class the most successful touring car in the world.
With a total of ten driver titles, 13 team titles, and six manufacturer titles, Mercedes-AMG is the most successful brand in the history of the DTM.
The successes started as soon as it entered the German Touring Car Championship in 1986. These first successes with the 190 E 2.3-16 garnered attention in 1988 and led to the conclusion of a cooperation contract with Mercedes-Benz in the area of motor sports. Winning numerous racing victories, the first vehicle was the 190 E 2.5-16 EVO. At the end of an inspiring season, in 1992 Klaus Ludwig became the first DTM champion with an AMG Mercedes.
In 1995, Bernd Schneider rose to stardom. The current brand ambassador of Mercedes-AMG drove a C-Class (model range W202) to overall victory in the DTM/ITC. In the years that followed, he collected five DTM titles and 43 racing victories – a record that would stand unchallenged for a long time to come.
But an exciting racing series like the DTM never rests. Mercedes-AMG achieved numerous victories and titles with successor models in the C-Class and with the CLK.
Delivering the latest title success for the Mercedes-AMG DTM team is Pascal Wehrlein, who became the champion driver of the DTM for the 2015 season, thus contributing to the winning team result (gooix/original parts Mercedes-AMG). In 2016, the drivers of the Mercedes-AMG DTM team captured a total of 15 spots on the podium, including four victories.
In the 2017 season, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport is entering the DTM again with a total of six vehicles from the HWA (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) with the goal of continuing the long history of success in the DTM established by Mercedes-Benz and AMG.
Start your engines. Yes, we’re talking to you.
Besides Formula 1 and TM, a third area has made significant contributions to the great racing successes of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport over the past few years – the global customer sport program. Here we share our expertise.
A new era was ushered in with the introduction of the SLS AMG GT3, the first customer sports vehicle in the history of Mercedes-Benz, in 2010. This racing car with wing doors was received with great enthusiasm worldwide and brought great success to the customer team. The successes of the 2013 season were of historic proportions, with victories in all significant long-distance races for GT3 vehicles — in the 12-hour races of Bathurst and Abu Dhabi as well as the 24-hour races in Dubai, Nürburgring, Spa, and Barcelona.
In 2016, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 opened a new chapter in Mercedes-AMG Motorsport customer sport engagement. Just as its predecessors did, the new racecar is designed to impress with a revolutionary level of safety as well as performance and reliability that truly raises the bar. With full technical capabilities, there’s no need to wait long for success. It got off to a great start, debuting with a historic four victories in the 24-hour race in Nürburgring. Sports successes are backed up by an extensive customer sports program that – just like the vehicles – is always being developed further. The common thread running through it all is the quick, professional support of the team for the purpose of helping to achieve the best possible collective success through technology, expertise, and manpower.