30 years of DTM – a special anniversary for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport. 30 years of fascinating cars, legendary drivers, epic battles and lots of victories and titles. Now it’s time to relive these years, drive the cars from the past and also form a new generation of legends in the 2018 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport eRacing Competition.
It was the AMG Mercedes 190 E2.5 16 Evolution II which gave Mercedes-AMG the first title in the DTM in 1992, with “Mister DTM” Klaus Ludwig behind the wheel. In a time before anti-lock brakes, Ludwig clinched the championship with his race intelligence and experience ahead of his two Mercedes teammates Kurt Thiim and Bernd Schneider, against the strong opposition of BMW and Audi.
The next car was the AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse DTM, a car that was truly ahead of its time, using more advanced technology than it was common in Formula One at the time. There were strong opponents with the four-wheel-driven Alfa Romeos and Opels, but the rear-wheel-driven C-Klasse was more than a match for it. Ludwig secured another title in 1994, before the time of Bernd Schneider began, who claimed both the DTM and ITC drivers championship in 1995 in his silver car with the neon yellow mirrors.
The ITC was short-lived, but the DTM returned in 2000 and of course, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport was present with the AMG-Mercedes CLK DTM. Bernd Schneider was in the form of his life, winning three championships in 2000, 2001 and 2003, and even though the ruleset restricted the cars more than in past years, the battles were even more spectacular, especially between AMG and the yellow ABT Audis.
In 2004, the DTM returned to its roots with 4-door limousines, and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport prepared the next generation of the AMG-Mercedes C-Klasse DTM. Bernd Schneider scored his last title in 2006, but the next generation was already in the starting blocks, with British drivers Gary Paffett and Paul di Resta winning the championship in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
In 2012, we truly arrived in the modern era of DTM. With the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, AMG prepared a strong challenger against the Audis and BMWs. In 2015, youngster Pascal Wehrlein, who was born in 1994, two years after Mercedes-AMG’s first DTM title, won the championship.
All these cars will be a part of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG Motorsport eRacing Competition. In nine leaderboard challenges, you can try out the cars for free and set the fastest time you can. Each time, the best 18 drivers will qualify for online multiplayer races which are held on the DTM sundays, live streamed on the Facebook and YouTube page of Mercedes-Benz and also in the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport hospitality, where the DTM legends will watch the race. The best five drivers of the multiplayer championship will be invited to the DTM final at Hockenheim, all expenses paid. There they can compete against the whole Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM line-up and fight for glory and prizes: AMG Driving Experiences with professional coaching for the top three. You can see the highlights of last year’s competition below:
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And even if you are not into competitions, we have good news: All cars will be available in the RaceRoom Store at a later stage.