Mercedes-AMG from A to Z

INSIDE AMG – All Episodes

In our video series, INSIDE AMG, Mercedes-AMG Product Manager Felix Schönhofer meets talented Mercedes-AMG experts to get first hand experience about Driving Performance as the core of AMG.

INSIDE AMG - 70 Years


Anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz SL at the Mille Miglia

"Beyond incredible" - the Mille Miglia in Felix' own words. Come with us to the world's most beautiful  vintage car racing event.

Starting at Brescia, Felix joins former Formula 1 driver Karl Wendlinger for the first part of the rallye. The car of choice? A black Mercedes-Benz 300 SL with double swing doors dating back to the 1950s. After checking the roadbook, the two depart on the rally and make their way through little villages and stunning Italian countryside. After regularity controls and many hundreds of miles, the two of them reach Rome by night.

One good night’s sleep later, Felix is back on the road –  this time, in a rather different vehicle. Watch to find out what present-day performance beast he takes for a spin on the road back to Brescia – including some fast laps at Autodrome dell’Umbria!

Watch also the previous INSIDE AMG episodes below!

A


We start with the letter A. Acceleration is the subject of the very first episode. Linda Schierling (Mercedes-AMG Gearbox Calibration Specialist) is our first guest. Watch as she and Felix dive into the theory and practice of designing a car that can go from 0 to 100 km/h as fast as possible. 

B


Coming from acceleration to deceleration. Brakes are the topic of the second episode of INSIDE AMG. Benjamin Haaf (Vehicle Testing Engineer Brake Systems - Mercedes-AMG) and Dirk Engelhardt (Development Engineer Brake Systems - Mercedes-AMG) show Felix Schönhofer different variations of brakes and also taking one of them to the test.

C


It's getting technical! To dive in the topic of cylinders, Felix meets Jens (Engineer base engine development V6 / V8 / V12 - Mercedes-AMG) for the third INSIDE AMG episode. 

D


Drifting is more than just driving across! Together with Demian and René (both Vehicle Dynamics Engineers - Mercedes-AMG) we take a look at the technical background, how the DRIFT MODE works in the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ 4-Door Coupé and how well the guys are drifting. What is your guess? Who will show the best drift performance? 

E


Exterior Design is the subject of the fifth INSIDE AMG episode – together with Vitalis, Peter and Csaba (all exterior designers at Mercedes-AMG) we take a look at some of the important steps taken in the vehicle development process and witness how design comes to life with the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

F


stands for four-wheel drive! Together with our experts Marc, Felix, and Hannes we explain the exceptional capabilities of our four-wheel drive systems which can be found in our Mercedes-AMG lineup. One of the less known benefits of our four-wheel drive system is the Trailer Maneuvering Assist that provides steering assistance while maneuvering trailers.

G


stands for the Green Hell! In our latest episode of INSIDE AMG, we join our experts Felix and Markus to take a look at how this historic raceway still influences vehicle development for our complete product lineup.

H


Together we look back and into the future. Felix, Product Manager at Mercedes-AMG, and Michael, Head of Archives and Classics, will guide you through the milestones of automotive history. Over the decades, many innovations have been born in Affalterbach. Today more than ever, Mercedes-AMG stands for driving performance and the principle "One Man, One Engine". The goal is clear: to preserve our heritage and develop forward-looking technologies. This spirit is our key to success to this day and for The Future of Driving Performance made in Affalterbach.

I


“You fall in love with the exterior, but the interior is where the marriage takes place”: That’s what our interior designers think, anyway! In this episode, Klaus and Stefan, who work on the development of interiors at Mercedes-AMG, reveal how they achieve the perfect, individual balance of performance and luxury in every Mercedes-AMG vehicle.

J


G-Class fans, pay attention! For the first episode of "J - Journey", Felix embarks on a very special journey – to the birthplace of the Mercedes-AMG G-Class in Graz. After glimpsing the first ever Mercedes-AMG G-Classes on a tour through the Mercedes-AMG archives with Michael, he tests his limits with the Mercedes-AMG G 63 at the G-Class Experience Center under the guidance of instructor Marc Sussner. Will Felix master the on-road challenges? Watch and find out! 

J


After trying out the on-road exercises in part one of Episode J, Marc and Felix leave the tarmac and go off-road at the Mercedes-Benz G-Klasse Experience Center in Graz. Felix tackles the water crossing, the infamous Schöckl trail and a mud bath in the Mercedes-Benz G 500 before taking on a 100% uphill challenge in the Mercedes-AMG G 63. As a special surprise, the G 63 AMG 6x6 is waiting for him at the end. Time for some action!

K


Welcome to the world of kinematics! Gain first-hand insights into the integration of vehicle dynamics and learn how testing in a simulator helps AMG engineers on the test track. Our experts Michael, Sebastian, and Jan introduce Felix to the exciting world of kinematics and vehicle dynamics development; and Felix is in for a surprise or two as well.

L


"L" stands for lap record: milestone reached! In this special edition of #INSIDEAMG, we look back on the successful record lap on the Nürburgring. Felix was on the scene at the Nürburgring test center in the run-up to the record attempt and met the experts for a detailed interview.

In conversation with the technology experts Markus and Dirk, Felix got to know all the special features of the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12.8 l/100 km | CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 292 g/km | Emissionsangabe [1]

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 12.8 l/100 km | CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 292 g/km | Emissionsangabe [1]

M


In this episode of #INSIDEAMG, Felix meets the longtime and successful race driver Thomas Jäger to talk about the last 10 years of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing. Three particularly extraordinary exhibits await Felix during his visit at the motorsports partner HWA AG: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG GT4. An exclusive look into the production line of the racing cars completes this episode.

N


The E-Class has a rich history at Mercedes-AMG. And one of the most memorable models is the Mercedes-Benz E 50 AMG. Felix and Michael, our expert from the Mercedes-AMG archive in Affalterbach, take a close look at the model from 25 years ago. Of course, the current Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ is not to be missed either. Will Felix be allowed to take over the wheel of the E 50 AMG and win the challenge? Watch the video and find out!

O


Felix meets Denis and Jochen to discuss the special features of the new AMG battery and the intelligent distribution of performance based on the "always on" principle. From the all-electric driving program to RACE Mode with maximum performance on the race track: the new powertrain offers all facets for entering the future of Driving Performance.

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P


In the latest episode of INSIDE AMG, experts Frank and Bernhard give Felix the technical lowdown - from the historic wheel design of the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG to the wheels of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. Can Felix persuade them to reveal a secret or two about where wheels are headed in the future?

Q


For this very special episode of #InsideAMG, we gathered your questions on E PERFORMANCE and sent Felix on a hunt for the answers. His quest takes him to Denis, Kevin, Joachim and Jonas,    a group of experts on E PERFORMANCE at Mercedes-AMG, who answer all of Felix' questions (and more) on batteries, hybrid strategy and electrical turbo charging. To top it off, Jonas takes him for a spin using the first AMG Performance Hybrid, where Felix experiences first-hand what an electric boost really feels like.

R


In the latest episode of INSIDE AMG, Felix meets the two fastest members of the AMG family: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. As befits good hosts, we prepare a full day of surprises for our guests. Valtteri helps to build an AMG engine and, accordingly, is permitted to sign one of the famous AMG badges. Meanwhile, Felix and Lewis discuss the parallels between Lewis' career and the development of AMG as a brand as well as the huge steps AMG has taken in the field of E PERFORMANCE. The pair also tested the first AMG performance hybrid. Did Lewis like it? Watch to find out!

S


In this special episode of INSIDE AMG, Felix travels to the legendary 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. With Jan (Team and Customer Management) as his guide, he gets exclusive insights behind the scenes of the celebrated motorsports event. The two take a look at the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, the car that delivered Mercedes-AMG's winning performances 50 years ago and propelled the AMG Motorsport Team to world fame. In addition, Felix attends the strategy meeting of the Strategy Control Team, receives some expert advice from SRO Motorsports Group CEO Stéphane Ratel on tire choice and weather situation, and meets drivers before their races. What are their pre-race rituals and their strategies for winning? Watch to find out!

T


In this special episode of INSIDE AMG, Felix travels to the legendary 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps. With Jan (Team and Customer Management) as his guide, he gets exclusive insights behind the scenes of the celebrated motorsports event. The two take a look at the Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG, the car that delivered Mercedes-AMG's winning performances 50 years ago and propelled the AMG Motorsport Team to world fame. In addition, Felix attends the strategy meeting of the Strategy Control Team, receives some expert advice from SRO Motorsports Group CEO Stéphane Ratel on tire choice and weather situation, and meets drivers before their races. What are their pre-race rituals and their strategies for winning? Watch to find out!

U


Shaking hands, weak knees and peak performance: Our new episode is guaranteed to take your breath away! First up is Dominik, Automotive Engineer for Driving Assistance Systems at Mercedes-AMG, who takes Felix on a drive to Immendingen and demonstrates a range of driving assistance systems on the highway. Once in Immendingen, Dominik shows Felix what the vehicles are capable of if a person or obstacle unexpectedly appears on the highway. Felix then pays a visit to Florian and Szablocs, AMG's Automotive Engineers for Driving Assistance Systems (Florian) and Driving Dynamics (Szablocs), where he is unexpectedly treated to an exclusive experience inside a driverless AMG. While Szablocs lets Felix in on the secrets of the driverless technology, Flo takes him on some heart-stopping hot laps. Will Felix manage to beat the AMG's best time?

V


This episode of INSIDE AMG dives deep into virtual motorsports – the third pillar of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport alongside F1 and GT racing. After his arrival in Affalterbach, Felix meets the project manager for Mercedes-AMG Virtual Motorsport Jan to talk about professional sim racing and how to turn digital racing into an actual career. He then gets to know Alex, the Project Lead Gaming, E-Sport & Virtual Motorsport. The two of them take a closer look at the hardware of a high-end racing simulation. They also discuss the detailed software while GT racing driver Raffaele Marcello shares his learning experiences with the simulation in comparison to physical race driving. Finally time for Felix to get behind the steering wheel himself: Coached by the F1 E-Sports pro champion Jarno Opmeer, he takes on Raffaele’s challenge. Stay tuned to find out whether Felix can hold his own against the pro and whether Jarno or Raffaele will win in a following race!

W


In this special behind-the-scenes episode, Felix takes a peek at the production of the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL at the plant in Bremen, one of the largest Mercedes-Benz production facilities in the world. On arrival in Bremen, Felix is introduced not only to the the legendary SL family but to Gordon who is a Manager Body Shop Sportscars. Gordon takes Felix into the production hall, where they take a close look at the impressive symbiosis of precise machine work and highly skilled manual work. Felix tests his hand at welding at the virtual welding machine.

In the next production step, Felix meets Yvonne, the assembly team leader. Together, they observe the most exciting part of the production process: the marriage of engine and body. Afterwards, Felix joins Dieter to test whether the SL vehicle meets Mercedes-AMG's high quality standards, remains leak-proof even in heavy rain and handles perfectly on sharp turns.

X


55 years of AMG - that’s 55 years of passion, precision and efficiency! 

To celebrate this anniversary, David Coulthard, our host for this episode, is at the Circuito del Jarama in Spain to meet up with well-known members of the world’s fastest family and take a look at the special cars that have shaped the AMG brand over the past five and a half decades and changed the game in many aspects. 

As well as getting up close with extraordinary AMG models from past and present, David has the chance to enjoy some rapid laps around the track. Lucky that he brought his helmet! The speed theme continues as David meets Lewis Hamilton - a man who knows fast cars better than most - and together, the two dive deep into the history of AMG and take two fantastic AMG models for a spin. What could be more special than seeing the Red Pig in action alongside one of our newest family members? Finally, we're thrilled to be joined not only by Lewis Hamilton but by two more special guests for AMG's 55th birthday: David also talks to the outstanding artist and fellow AMG Ambassador will.i.am and to the former racing driver Bernd Schneider, aka "Mr. DTM". Tune in to see what surprises lie in store!

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