The legendary brand of cars – Mercedes every year conquers new heights and sets its own personal quality mark. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team is a German team that has been participating in the Formula 1 Grand Prix for years. It possesses three Designer Cups for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Mercedes F1 history is amazing. AMG Petronas F1 bases are located in Brackley and Brixworth (UK), and the leaders are Toto Wolff and Niki Laud. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas take part in the 2017 Formula 1 season races from the company. Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Windows are test pilots. The Mercedes-Benz brand is well-known to many and mainly specializes in the production of passenger cars and other vehicles, as well as part of the German Daimer AG group.
The history of the participation of the Mercedes team in the World Cup and its debut began in 1954, where improved Mercedes-Benz W 196 cars were used. Literally in the very first race, the team finished double of Fangio and Karl Kling, and Hans Herrmann was able to establish a fast lap. Then Fangio won three victories in Germany, Switzerland and Italy and won the championship. This successful start by Mercedes laid the foundation for its further victories. Each time the team continued to perform at the same high level and dominate during the season.
Perhaps the most famous racer of all time and part-time representative of the brand Mercedes became Michael Schumacher, but in 2012 he left the world of racing. No less outstanding representative of the German team is Nico Rosberg, from 2013 his place was taken by the British racing driver, Lewis Hamilton. The main event in the history of the team should be considered December 21, 2009, when Mercedes signed a contract with the Malaysian oil company Petronas, which became their title sponsor. Therefore, in 2010, the full name of the team was Mercedes GP Petronas F1. According to some reports, the agreement with Petronas brings about 30 million euros each season. The main sponsors of Mercedes are Petronas Malaysia, Autonomy, Aabar, Pirelli, Deutsche Post and others.
In April 2017, Valtteri Bottas, representing the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, won the Grand Prix Formula 1 Championship in Sochi, and Lewis Hamilton came fourth. At the moment, the Mercedes team is showing good results, however, the championship continues, and this means that it can still change.
Formula 1 for every day from Mercedes-AMG
A Mercedes that is cooler than a Bugatti? Now it is a reality! The long-awaited and even sensational hyper car Mercedes-AMG Project One debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Perhaps no other car in history has been so close in terms of design to the Formula 1 race cars. The hyper car, released in honor of the 50th anniversary of the AMG division, is an extreme racing car covered with more or less “civil” bodywork, on which you can quite legally drive on public roads. The main highlight of the car is of course, a unique power plant.
The 1.6-liter V6 petrol turbo engine was borrowed from a F1 Mercedes 2015 Mercedes-Benz W06 Hybrid car. For everyday use, the engine was equipped with new pistons and a crankshaft, and the maximum speed was reduced from 15,000 rpm to 11,000. But the pneumatic actuator of the valves was retained instead of the usual springs, and the engine runs on regular 98th gasoline. Engine life has increased by an order of magnitude: up to a major overhaul or replacement, you can now drive 50,000 kilometers.
Like a racing car, the internal combustion engine is equipped with a pair of electric motors: one develops 122 horsepower and rotates a turbocharger, and the second develops 163 hp. and rotates the crankshaft, at the same time when braking to produce electricity. Transmission – eight-speed automatic transmission with one clutch, which transmits to the rear wheels more than 670 horsepower. But the Mercedes-AMG Project One is an all-wheel drive car, so the front wheels rotate a couple more electric motors. Each of them develops 163 horsepower and provides thrust vector control. Thus, the total power of the hybrid power plant is, according to official data, “more than 1000 horsepower.” Under the feet of the driver and passenger are hidden two battery packs that operate at 800 volts and provide a power reserve of about 25 kilometers.
Mass Project One is not officially reported, but insiders say about 1300 kilograms. The result – acceleration from standstill to 200 km / h in less than six seconds (exact figures are unknown) and a top speed of more than 350 km / h. The usual acceleration time from zero to 100 km / h is not reported, but given the characteristics close to the Bugatti Chiron, it can be argued that the Mercedes-AMG has a little more than two seconds. And yes, the Bugatti is slower – Chiron is 6.5 seconds to accelerate to 200 km / h. But he is faster in the “maximum speed” – 420 km / h, but is it important? You can accelerate to the maximum speed on it not even on every racetrack, but you can enjoy monstrous overclocking at any traffic light. The interior is rather ascetic – a pair of screens, a fancy steering wheel with a whole set of buttons and switches, climate control and power windows.
The best cars of Mercedes in history
These cars won all races on the planet. Mercedes is one of the most successful companies in motor racing and in the sale of road cars. The Germans produce almost all types of wheeled vehicles: from minibuses to Formula 1 cars. Cars with three-star stars won in dozens of championships, so choosing the best is an extremely difficult task. Criteria for getting into this list were the beauty of design, recognition and success.
It’s one of the most famous racing cars in the world, a symbol of pre-war racing. By modern standards, the W25 is disproportionately narrow, and tire sizes are more suitable for bicycles, but with its help Rudolf Caracciola unconditionally dominated the European Grand Prix. There is also a legend connected with this model about how Mercedes acquired a firm silver color – allegedly the mechanics scraped off the paint because of the advantage. But now this version has moved rather into the category of historical tales. By virtue of its age, the W25 is worse than other cars of the German company represented in games, but you can still drive on the silver arrow in Toca Race Driver 3 and suddenly Mario Kart 8.
CLK 55 AMG
The CLK-class is characterized by comfort, roundness of forms and relative availability. But for fans of Formula 1, these machines at one time became the main association with Mercedes. Even before the factory team began to take the title for the title, German cars regularly led the peloton as a safety car. CLK 55 AMG was the first safe car in the history of the German company, and one of the most spectacular. It was created specifically for this role, so this is more a racing car than a road, like all cars with the abbreviation AMG. The model accelerates to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds, and is quite capable of carrying Formula 1 cars behind it.
Perhaps it’s the most successful car in the history of “Formula 1”. For two years, he participated in only 12 Grand Prix and won 9 of them, allowing Juan-Manuel Fangio for many years to become a record holder in the number of league titles.
The W196 was equipped with an adapted engine from a fighter and a five-speed gearbox, which made it possible to achieve a great advantage against four gears among competitors. For Monza used a special version of the chassis with closed wheels. Perhaps the “silver arrows” for many years stuck to the top of Formula 1, but in 1955 there was a catastrophe at Le Mans, after which Mercedes for 30 years left the world of racing.
It’s the most classic “Mercedes” that you can imagine. It reads calm, representativeness and self-confidence. The 500 E is the more powerful version of the W124, the E-Class model. The Germans sold more than 13 million of these cars, more than any other. 500 E was created in close cooperation with Porsche and due to the difficulties of cooperation; it took 18 days to create one copy. His place in the history of the car finally staked out after a spectacular participation in the movie “Taxi”.
In the 50s, Mercedes won all races, and endurance competitions were no exception. Among sports cars dominated 300 SLR with an 8-cylinder engine with 310 horsepower. This is one of the most beautiful cars in the history of motor racing. Everything is perfect in it: speed, streamlined shapes, color, lights, design – everything fits into a single concept. Such perfection can easily be imagined in a futuristic setting, although the car was designed more than half a century ago.
Unfortunately, the worst moment for the German company is connected with the 300 SLR. In 1955, at the “24 Hours of Le Mans” “Mercedes” Pierre Levega ran into another car and flew into the crowd of spectators. In addition to the rider, 83 more spectators were killed. This disaster remains the most widespread in the history of motor racing.